Dan Wilson is slowly becoming more of a presence within the Mariners organization. On Tuesday, the team announced that Wilson has been named the Mariners’ roving minor league catching coordinator.
“I am excited and thankful for this opportunity,” Wilson said in a press release. “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.”
Wilson will start at spring training, working with catchers at all levels. He’ll continue that through the minor league season. Roving coordinators make multiple appearances at each of the Mariners’ affiliates during a season to check on young catchers.
“We are happy to have Dan, one of our former players, affiliated with us,” Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said. “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.”
In the past, Wilson was hesitant to commit to a coaching role in the organization wanting to spend time with his family. He had made a few appearances at spring training as a guest coach. By accepting this role, it signals that Wilson is starting to become serious about a coaching/managing role in baseball. This is a good start for him.
Wilson, 44, caught 14 seasons in the big leagues. He made his MLB debut with Cincinnati (1992-93) . The Mariners acquired him and Bobby Ayala (shiver) in a deal for Bret Boone and Erik Hanson. Wilson then spent the rest of his career with the Mariners (1994-2005). He caught more games (1,281) than any other player in franchise history. He also has the franchise record for home runs by a catcher (88, including 2 inside-the-park homers), and the team’s single-season records for catchers RBI (83, 1996) and home runs (18, 1996).