The curious case of the Mariners' Jack Wilson

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:34 PM ET

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Seattle Mariners stink. Again.

There it is. End of story.

They are a team that has one great pitcher in Felix Hernandez and little else.

Their offence is a joke. They have no power and they have trouble scoring runs. Just like last year.

The opening week in Seattle’s 2011 season was noteworthy, however, thanks to the curious case of second baseman Jack Wilson.

Wilson received the wrath of manager Eric Wedge and, no doubt, most of his teammates last Wednesday when he asked to come out of a game against Texas after he made two errors in one inning.

Wedge reluctantly agreed to take Wilson out and after the game attempted to protect his player by telling reporters he removed Wilson as he was feeling a little “hazy” after being taken out at second following a hard slide by the Rangers’ Ian Kinsler.

Wilson then compounded the problem by hanging Wedge out to dry as he told reporters that he wasn’t hurt and had come out because the Mariners wanted a more experienced player at second (Wilson is a shortstop who has been shifted to second).

Afterwards, Wilson admitted he was in the wrong to basically quit on his team.

“In the big picture, not really seeing what was going on ... that I let my team down, that’s obviously worse than anything you can ever do on the field,” Wilson said. “That’s not me at all. I talked to Wedge and I will probably talk to the guys. That’s a lot of stuff that is not me.

“It was definitely a huge mistake on my part and something that won’t happen again.”

At the time, Wedge termed Wilson’s actions “unspeakable.”

On Sunday, however, the Wilson saga appears to have been put to rest.

Prior to their game against the Indians, Wedge told reporters that Wilson is out of the doghouse and will be returning to action soon.

“Jack’s our second baseman,’’ Wedge said. “Brendan Ryan was one of the best shortstops in the National League, and he’s doing a great job out there. Jack was doing a great job at second base. Jack’s going to be back out there.

“We’re through all that and now we’re ready to move on. I don’t hold grudges. I never have, I never will. I don’t believe in that.”

Now all the Mariners have to do is win some games.


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