Amid all of the hustle and bustle of the trade talk and rumors on Tuesday, the Mariners did make a move.
The team announced that Dan Wilson will be the new roving Minor League catching coordinator. He will work with Mariners’ catchers at every level of the farm system, both during Spring Training and throughout the season.
“We are happy to have Dan, one of our former players, affiliated with us. 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.” — Jack Zduriencik
Wilson finished his career with one of the highest fielding percentages ever recorded by a catcher (.995) and is a member of the Mariners Hall of Fame.
I suggested in an article a few months ago that Dan Wilson should be the Director of Player Development. I have also suggested that Dan the Man would make a great pitching coach. This move is a good indication that he wants a role in this capacity and may one day hold one of those positions.
“I am excited and thankful for this opportunity. 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.” — Dan Wilson