“I did not accomplish what I wanted to accomplish when I came over,” Wilson said. “I was so ready for the year to be over, everything kind of went wrong. The only good thing was me getting traded over to Seattle, a top-notch organization. I’m really happy to have the chance to come back and show what Jack saw in bringing me over.”
Wilson’s season was not completely lost. He earned the Fielding Bible Award as the best fielding shortstop in the Majors in 2009, with 27 runs saved. In 1,143 starts at shortstop, he has recorded a .977 fielding percentage.
Now he wants to win.
“I’m really excited to be back in Seattle,” he said. “It’s such a great organization, and there is such a chance to compete. I have a lot of high hopes for this team. I’m really glad to have a chance to be a part of it.”
During his conference call, Wilson praised his teammates, the city and the fans. He also said he is better equipped for the challenges of the American League.
“I think I saw enough of the American League in the time I was there, plus Interleague Play the last couple of years, to know that I can make an adjustment to a different style of game, so I’m really excited about it,” he said. “There’s nothing like a rough year to give you that extra incentive to do a little more in the offseason. There’s always a positive in something.”
Looks like defense is still a priority in Seattle (fine by me!)
Here’s hoping Jack will be healthy come spring and be gathering up those WebGem points all summer long!