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"Very Modest?" Gibson Defends 1988 Batting Average

As someone who isn’t around D-backs manager Kirk Gibson often, it was tough to get a read on whether he took some offense or was just giving a reporter a hard time before Sunday’s game.

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Gibson was asked about not being a batting average guy, seeing as he won an MVP award with a .290 average that the reporter labeled "very modest." In 1988, Gibson batted .290 with 25 HRs and 76 RBI to lead L.A. to the World Series title.

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".290? Above average. I was hitting about .320 going into the last month of the season," Gibson replied before the reporter finished making his point.

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The question was, in the end, is there any one stat Gibson considers most important or most indicative?

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"Yeah. Wins," Gibson said. "I could care (less) if you’re 1 for 6 and you get the game winner, that’s a beautiful night."