Jack Wilson: Born to Lose

Dear Mr. Wilson,

Please stay away from the teams I care about.  I mean, I really only care about 2 teams, the Mariners and the Braves.  Is that so hard?  I had already suffered through almost 2 unbearable years of your (lack of) play at shortstop for the Mariners, why did you have to go and ruin the season for the Braves too?  What did I ever do to you?  If you could please go back to Pittsburgh, where they are used to not playing in a game that matters and don’t care if you make errors or put up sub-par offensive numbers, I would greatly appreciate it.  I’m sure you are a very nice person off the field, and maybe even on the field, but you have proved to be useless when on a team’s roster, so I would appreciate it if you wouldn’t bring my teams down any more.

Sincerely,
Any and all Mariners or Braves fans

Being familiar with Jack’s history, a story from Larry Stone (original story) inspired this rant.

Look at the numbers…

2001: 62-100 (with Pittsburgh)
2002: 72-89 (with Pittsburgh)
2003: 75-87 (with Pittsburgh)
2004: 72-89 (with Pittsburgh)
2005: 67-95 (with Pittsburgh)
2006: 67-95 (with Pittsburgh)
2007: 68-94 (with Pittsburgh)
2008: 67-95 (with Pittsburgh)
2009: 43-57 (with Pittsburgh), 32-29 (with Seattle)
2010: 61-101 (with Seattle)
2011: 57-77 (with Seattle), 9-18 (with Atlanta)

For the record, that’s a cumulative of 752 wins and 1026 losses (.423 winning pct)

Lowlights:

2009 with Mariners – although the Mariners finished 32-29, they did not reach the playoffs.  Did not really add anything to the team in 2009, nor did he in 2010 or 2011 prior to his trade to Atlanta.  Article from when he was traded to the Mariners back in 2009 (http://mariners.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090729&content_id=6136372&vkey=news_sea&fext=.jsp&c_id=sea) – interesting read.

2011 with Braves – Part of the history as one of the worst collaspses in September.  Luckily the Red Sox did the same thing this year, only worse.  The Braves were 80-55 prior to the trade, almost a lock for the playoffs.  However, after the trade they finished out September 9-18, losing their final game of the season.  This loss could have been prevented, but Jack Wilson booted what should have been an inning-ending double play that let in a run.  There was definitely a good reason for the Mariner’s to basically give away Wilson for nothing.

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