The Mariners are bringing back a familiar authority on play behind the plate.
Dan Wilson, who caught more games (1,281) than any other player in franchise history, returned to the organization on Tuesday as Seattle's roving Minor League catching coordinator. Wilson will work with the Mariners' catchers at all levels of the farm system in Spring Training and through the season.
"We are happy to have Dan, one of our former players, affiliated with us," said Jack Zduriencik, Seattle's executive vice president and general manager of baseball operations, in a press release. "His on-field experience and passion for the Mariners organization makes him a great fit in his new role with us. We are looking forward to Dan's contributions as he spends hands-on time with our players."
Wilson, a career .262 hitter and an All-Star in 1996, will travel to each of Seattle's affiliates several times during the season to work with the team's future prospects at catcher. Wilson finished his playing career with a .995 fielding percentage, one of the highest ever recorded at his position.
The Mariners honored Wilson by inducting him into the team's Hall of Fame in 2012, and now he'll have a chance to impart his wisdom on a whole new generation of the game's future stars.
"I am excited and thankful for this opportunity," Wilson said. "We have been blessed by the game of baseball and by this incredibly generous community, and I am privileged to join the Mariner family again and help pass along what I've learned with a very talented group of young catchers."
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less