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.
The Reds announced earlier that they plan to extend the protective netting at Great American Ball Park in time for Opening Day next season. You can add the Padres and Mariners to what will surely be a growing list.
A young fan was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, which gave new life to the netting debate. Some fans and media types think Major League Baseball is not doing enough to protect fans. While Major League Baseball has issued guidelines for protective netting, it is ultimately up to the teams to decide just how much netting to use.
Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.
The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.
Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.