Is he Back!?!?!?

I hope so! Or at least back for a little bit. Too bad I am working all weekend and cannot listen to any of the games. (three cheers for MLB online, I can listen to all archived games)

Wilson trades in mask for a mic

Former Mariners catcher analyzing weekend set on TV, radio

NEW YORK — Wearing a dark blue suit, white shirt and light blue tie, former Mariners catcher Dan Wilson made his debut behind a microphone and in front of a camera on Friday night.
Three years after ending his 14-year Major League playing career, Wilson is looking at potential new occupations and broadcasting is one of them, along with becoming a high school baseball coach.

“This is something I am looking at, although investigating is a better word,” Wilson said on Friday inside the visiting clubhouse at Yankee Stadium. “We’ll see how it goes.”

The most popular catcher in franchise history, and also the most productive with a .262 batting average, 88 home runs and 519 RBIs in 1,251 regular-season games, Wilson will serve as an analyst on radio and television during the Mariners’ three-game series against the Yankees.

He also is lined up to return to the visiting broadcast booths at Fenway Park, where the Mariners play a three-game series against the Red Sox on June 6-8, and possibly the three-game set against the Mets on June 23-25 at Shea Stadium.

“Stepping into an arena I don’t know that much about is a little shaky,” he said.

Wilson currently lives in New Hampshire with his wife, Annie, and four children, and he spent some time in Arizona last spring working with the Mariners’ catchers. He has discussed with club officials about other ways of staying involved with the organization.

“We thought this would be an easy way, especially with me living on the East Coast,” he said.

“This is a nice way to keep tabs on what’s going on [with the team] and seeing what broadcasting is like.”

It so happens that there will be a vacancy in the booth on Saturday. Hall of Fame-bound Dave Niehaus will spend the day in Cooperstown, N.Y., for a “Voices of the Game” event.

Wilson will spend most of Saturday sharing the radio booth with veteran backup Rick Rizzs.

Asked if he had been keeping tabs on the Mariners, who have slipped to an 18-30 record going into Friday night’s series opener, he said: “They are going through a tough stretch, no question about that.

“There never is a ‘good time’ for a tough stretch, the beginning, middle or end of the season, but there are still four months to go and baseball is a crazy game. There is time to turn it around.”

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3 responses to “Is he Back!?!?!?

  1. Vicky

    I’ve been watching the game (top of the 4th, we’re down 5-4, but last inning we made an incredible 4 run comeback after they scored 4 in the 2nd, so here’s hoping for another comeback). Anyway, I haven’t heard Wilson yet so he must be on radio… but hopefully he will hop over to TV later in the game :)I just discovered that Jeremy Reed got called up though, which is good since he was doing ridiculously well in Tacoma. (and the top of the 4th is now over… it was a three-up, three-down thing. oh well…)

  2. Vicky

    Well, apparently it went downhill from there… :(Wilson didn’t broadcast the game on TV today (I was disappointed). But afterward the FSN people interviewed him about team leadership. He talked about the different leadership styles of Edgar, Griffey, and Buhner.

  3. Deb

    I heard an interview today with Bavasi and he was also talking about leadership in the clubhouse (and lack there of for this team). All I could think is that they are going to try and trade for Griffey to get some veteran leadership in (though probably even more important to management, get someone to draw in the fans).I think Wilson was mostly on radio today. I only listened to pre-game stuff and an inning or two.

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