July 13, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves shortstop Jack Wilson (2) comes out of the game with an injury in the fourth inning against the New York Mets at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Jack Wilson Talks About Retiring as a Pittsburgh Pirate--Sounds Like a Bobblehead

Pittsburgh loved Jack Wilson.

Sorry, don’t hate, but we didn’t. We never…. ever could find it in our heart to be a fan of the Pirates shortstop. News came out last night that it appears like the Bucs are going to remain connected with the flashy shortstop of all those losing seasons.

The Buccos shortstop was on the Atlanta Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates telecast last night. Wilson said he had a meeting with Pirates President Frank Coonelly before the game. Wilson then mentioned that a discussion was held about signing “one of those one day contracts” and retiring as a Pittsburgh Pirate.


Wilson had his career year way back in 2004.  The shortstop set career highs in nearly every offensive category.  His increase in isolated power always blew me away…just what happened that year that never happened again?

Wilson put up a .308 average and actually shared the league lead in triples with 12.  He scored 82 runs and surprisingly ripped 41 doubles and eleven homers while driving in 49 of his Pirates teammates.

The big number was 201 hits which was good for third in the game.  Jumpin Jack had 56 multi-hit games and ended the season with a 12-game hitting streak going 17-for-46 to hit .370 over that span.

With those 201 hits, Wilson became only the ninth National League shortstop to collect 200 hits in a season.  He was the franchise’s first player since Dave Parker did it in 1977.  Honus Wagner did it, but that was way back in 1908.

During the radio broadcast Wilson was much more open than when he was when rushed along by TV analyst Tim Never-gonna-get-et.   On the radio side with Greg Brown, Wilson mentioned he will be a guest instructor this spring in Bradenton when the Bucs gather for spring training as well as returning for Piratefest.

Count me as a guy not impressed by bringing back Jack Wilson.  Just another move to get some Buccos fans happy, another promotional idea.  You know how it works,  Frank calls marketing and the geniuses will get a bobble head made up, but heh, whatever sells tickets.

I want to see some improved talent next year.

If it takes a party for Jack Wilson to help make it happen, bring it on.

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  • Evenflow

    Hurdle was asked before the game which players he sees coming back. He mentioned everyone but Presley, Barajas, and Sanchez I think

    • http://twitter.com/rumbunter rumbunter

      as many starts as Presley got down the stretch that surprises me, but at least someone saw the light I guess

  • Mike

    Say what you want, but if this team had Jack Flash for the last two years I see us ending differently. Sure he wasn’t the greatest offensively, but he was not any worse than Barmes, if anything he was better. Also, he is and was way more of a clubhouse leader, and someone who would appreciate being on a winner. It would have meant the world to him to win in Pittsburgh. As for his “prime seasons”, name five other NL shortstops who were better with the glove, and could still hit around his career average.

    • Sue F.


  • Duck

    Clint Barmes, Ronnie Cedeno, or Jack Wilson? No comparison. Wilson had more range and better stick. Numbers don’t lie. Even PED induced.

  • Brian

    Jack Wilson was a class act.. I’m the biggest critic of Pirates management there is… but the fans do love Jack Wilson, and he gave his all while he was here.

    Even a blind management makes the right move sometime, and I’d be thrilled to see Jack retire as a Pirate.

  • Montana Pirate

    Jack was involved with the community while here. He was a class act on some very bad teams. And all the way throught the end of his time here, he remained a class act. Can’t say that about very many of our better players from those teams.