The Jack Wilson All-Stars
Until Beltre recovers, the left side of the infield consists of three guys – two Jacks and two Wilsons. For some lighthearted weekend fun in honor of that, here’s a lineup of all the Mariners who were either named Jack or Wilson.
P – Jack Lazorko
C – Dan Wilson
1B – Jim Wilson
2B – Jack Perconte
3B – Jack Hannahan
SS – Jack Wilson
LF – Mike Wilson
CF – Glenn Wilson
RF – Josh Wilson
The outfield’s a little shorthanded, and since there are actually only eight players I took the liberty of calling up Mike Wilson from Tacoma for the purposes of this list. In reality, this past spring training may have been the high point of his career, and I doubt he will ever play in the majors (for this franchise or any other). At best, maybe one day he’s given a Mickey Lopez callup before going off to Japan or something.
Glenn Wilson only played right field his half-season with the Mariners (until being traded to bring back Darnell Coles), but he did play center earlier in his career. Josh Wilson has yet to play outfield in the majors, but he did get sent out to right field once last year at Indianapolis, which makes him the volunteer to get squeezed out of the infield spots. Due to the lack of a bullpen, with his pitching experience he’s also the logical candidate to spell Lazorko.
But for one start at designated hitter, Jim Wilson was only ever used as a pinch-hitter by the Mariners, and all told he went 0-for-8 with the team. He was a first baseman in the minors, though.
Edit: Silly me, how could I forget Wilson Valdez? He’s got the requisite appearance in left field, too, in 2007 with the Dodgers, so you can swap him out for Mike Wilson.