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Jack Wilson is retiring after 12 seasons in the majors

Sep 25, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

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Jack Wilson, who hit .169 in a minor role for the Braves this season before being released earlier this month, announced his retirement after 12 seasons in the majors.

Wilson broke the news to Devan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, who covered him for years as the Pirates’ starting shortstop.

Wilson played for Pittsburgh from 2001 to mid-2009, making an All-Star team in 2004. He spent parts of three seasons in Seattle after being traded to the Mariners and then was dealt to Atlanta in mid-2011 before re-signing with the Braves this year.

In all Wilson played 1,370 games, collected 1,294 hits while batting .265 with a .306 on-base percentage and .366 slugging percentage, and played very good defense at shortstop for most of that time. The latter of which explains (or at least helps explain) how he earned $40 million despite a lifetime .671 OPS.

  1. Shafer's Dealer - Sep 25, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    I think it’s safe to say that he will wear a Pirates hat on his HOF plaque.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:32 AM

      HOF Plaque? Your kidding right? I mean…don’t misunderstand me. He had a wonderful career and was a damn good defensive shortstop. But HOF?

  2. dawgpoundmember - Sep 26, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    Who cares what hat he wears in the HoF. After batting .265 BA over 12 years in the majors, I wish he would wear his little league hat…..hats off Mr. Wilson, I would love to trade a decade for a day of each others shoes.

  3. psunick - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    The Pirates would love to have a shortstop today with a .265 average

  4. jaysjunkie - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Who the hell is Jack Wilson?

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