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It May Not Be Cooperstown But Dan Wilson Deserves This Hall Of Fame

Dan Wilson and Randy Johnson at the Mariners Hall of Fame induction. Image Credit: Getty Images

Dan Wilson and Randy Johnson at the Mariners Hall of Fame induction. Image Credit: Getty Images

On the outside, Dan Wilson’s career statistics do not appear Hall of Fame worthy. A batting average of .262. A total of 88 home runs and 519 runs batted in. Though his .995 career fielding percentage and many of his other fielding statistics are some of the best all-time for a catcher, it would take nothing short of divine intervention for him to be elected to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. But this past Saturday the Seattle Mariners inducted Wilson into their Hall of Fame alongside pitcher, and longtime battery mate, Randy Johnson.

Wilson is the sixth person to be inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame, joining former first baseman Alvin Davis, MLB Hall of Fame broadcaster and ‘Voice of the Mariners’ Dave Niehaus, former outfielder Jay Buhner, former designated hitter and the team’s all-time leader in most offensive categories Edgar Martinez, and Johnson. To Mariners fans his induction is no surprise and felt like a long time coming. The team’s rules for inducting former players into their hall of fame say that they have to have played for the Mariners for at least five seasons and be retired for at least two years. Wilson played 12 of his 14 year career with the Mariners, retiring from the team in 2005. Seven years later, the team finally inducted him.

Dan Wilson playing for the Mariners, courtesy of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

When Wilson came to the Mariners via a trade with the Cincinnati Reds before the 1994 season, he became the catcher the team had been looking for. He was an American League All-Star in 1996, the same year he set team records for home runs and runs batted in by a catcher that have yet to be broken. He was a rock in a position that previous and has since been a revolving door for the team. Wilson was dependable on the field, and a great man off the field. He was a fixture in the community as a player, involved with numerous charitable events in the Seattle area, which has continued even after his retirement. He is also thought of as a consummate family man, always giving credit to his wife, who he mentioned having known since the third grade during his induction speech, his parents and in-laws, and his children.

Without a doubt, Wilson is the best catcher the Seattle Mariners have ever had. He is sixth all time in career fielding percentage for a catcher in Major League Baseball, and he holds almost every team record for career and single season offensive and defensive statistics by a catcher. He is known as a class act on and off the field and is more than deserving of this honor. Individual team hall of fames are special because they allow those beloved players who might otherwise be overlooked to be recognized for their contributions to the team and in the community and with the fans. Though Cooperstown won’t come calling for him, Dan Wilson will always have his rightful spot in the Mariners Hall of Fame.

MLB Video: Seattle Mariners Induct Dan Wilson and Randy Johnson into Mariners Hall of Fame

 

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