Archive for the ‘Brian Wilson’ Category

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres

People don’t like Brian Wilson. Baseball fans are straight up put off by Brian Wilson’s whole…thing. His shtick or his persona or the cut of his jib; whatever it is, it is unpopular with a large swath of the baseball watching public.

This widespread antipathy towards Brian Wilson thirsts for comeuppance and, in the 8th inning of the lid-lifter in San Diego, got exactly what they wanted.

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MLB: Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers

Brian Wilson‘s exploits rub a lot of people the wrong way. Brian Wilson’s beard and Brian Wilson’s oddball behavior eclipsed Brian Wilson’s baseball production about halfway through the 2011 season.

Then, early in the 2012 season, Brian Wilson went down injured, requiring a second Tommy John surgery, ending his time with the San Francisco Giants (who won the World Series with Wilson’s beard taking up space in the dugout as he rehabbed his elbow.)

After a short but incredibly successful stint with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013, Wilson netted hims a one-year contract with a player option for a second. Hard to believe that after facing just 49 batters in the regular season (and another 24 in the playoffs) that a player could net more than ten million guaranteed dollars.

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The New York Mets have shown interest in signing right-handed reliever Brian Wilson, according to Bob Nightengale.

Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson watched Wilson throw yesterday during a private workout, but Wilson and his camp were not offered a contract.

Wilson, who underwent Tommy John surgery in April after making just two appearances for the San Francisco Giants last season, had reportedly cut down his list of possible landing spots to “five or so” teams. The three-time All-Star with San Francisco, has been rehabbing under the Giants’ supervision this off-season.

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When you are a clown in the Auguste “my appearance and behaviour is bizarre and meant for your entertainment” sense, it is difficult to flip switch and be taken seriously as a Professional Baseball Pitcher. When you are coming off a full year away from the game after your second Tommy John surgery and with a minimum guaranteed pay day of $6.8 million coming up, stuff gets serious in a hurry.

Such is the situation of Brian Wilson, annoyer of most and former closer of the San Francisco Giants. Wilson faces an old fashioned non-tendering by the San Francisco Giants as he is indeed owed at least $6.8 million after earning $8.5 million in 2012. Wilson signed a two-year, $15 million deal after the Giants 2010 World Series triumph. The Super Two player still has two years of arbitration eligibility remaining, thus the guaranteed figure (the Giants cannot pay by less than 80% of his previous season’s salary as per the CBA).

With large arbitration raises due for fellow Giants Hunter Pence and Santiago Casilla, Wilson figures to be the odd man out. Should the Giants non-tender Wilson, he becomes a free agent. The Giants can then re-sign him unless another team steps to the fore…

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