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Jack Wilson pulled from game due to defensive issues

Apr 6, 2011, 7:23 PM EDT

Jack Wilson AP

The Mariners decided before the start of the regular season to move Jack Wilson over to second base in order to open the shortstop position for the younger and more defensively capable Brendan Ryan.

Wilson should be fine at the new spot eventually, but he had quite a bit of trouble during Wednesday’s loss to the undefeated Rangers.

According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, the Seattle coaching staff decided to remove Wilson from the game after a second inning in which he made two crucial errors in the field that led to two Texas runs. Luis Rodriguez came on in his place.

It was first reported that Wilson had suffered an injury, but the veteran infielder cleared up the confusion himself in the clubhouse afterward:

“That right there is unacceptable to have that happen with the game we were getting from Felix (Hernandez),” Wilson said. “There was no excuse for it at all.”

Wilson is a strong defender, even at age 33, and probably hasn’t been pulled for making fielding errors more than once or twice in his career. He’s 7-for-18 at the plate this season with three stolen bases.

  1. aburns77 - Apr 6, 2011 at 7:46 PM

    for the life of me I can’t understand why the Mariners insist on switching infielders around from their normal positions. Last year it was switching Lopez and Figgins and now Ryan, who may be younger but by all defensive metrics is a worse fielder is forcing Wilson, arguably one of the most talented defensive shortstops to a position he’s never played and it makes zero sense. I know the Mariners’ management has a reputation for being savvy especially with defensive metrics but nevertheless the results thus far have been underwhelming to say the least

    • easports82 - Apr 6, 2011 at 8:00 PM

      Last year was because Lopez was awful at 2nd and the hope was the Figgins could remember how to play there and the offense would balance out (obviously, that failed). This year, they have Ackley waiting in AAA to take over 2nd, but didn’t have anyone to cover the position til his call-up in June/July and didn’t want to invest long-term. Wilson will not be with the team next year, so moving him there was the best option. Moving Ryan to 2nd for 2 months would’ve been pointless.

      • aburns77 - Apr 6, 2011 at 8:33 PM

        Fair point, I had forgotten about Ackley and the Mariners’ plans to have him come up this season, so that’s a good reason for the move, but for the present they’re still removing a a guy with premium talent at short for a guy who’s his inferior in the field and at the plate. Then again it’s not like the Mariners are realistically going to be contending this year, so it’s probably wise for them to be making more forward-looking moves.

    • Meg - Apr 6, 2011 at 10:23 PM

      Brendan Ryan was the No. 1 rated defensive player in baseball last year (in terms of runs saved), despite playing only about 70% of his team’s defensive innings.

  2. itsabergthing - Apr 6, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    Gotta love Jack Wilson. He’s always been a stand up guy. Hated to see him leave the ‘Burgh. Would rather have him manning short than Cendeno any day.

  3. scatterbrian - Apr 6, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    After the play he made Monday night he should get a longer leash. I mean, is he hurting the Mariners playoff hopes?

    • easports82 - Apr 6, 2011 at 11:01 PM

      Not when you’ve got a new manager trying to get his players to be accountable and play to a consistently high standard. If he’d booted one, ok, but he screwed another right after and examples need to be set.

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