Craig Allan Wilson (born
November 30, 1976 in Fountain Valley, California) is a retired Major League Baseball player.
Wilson can play first base
or in the
. He bats and throws right-handed
Major league career
After three years as a role player and pinch-hitter
, Wilson played regularly in ,
hitting .264 with 29 home runs
in 155 games, but posted a
franchise-record 169 strikeouts
. He led the Major Leagues at being
hit by pitches
in (21) and 2004 (30).
Wilson tied the Major League single-season record for pinch-hit
home runs with seven in 2001.
In , Wilson played in only 59 games as a result of two separate
hand injuries that caused him to spend over half the season on the
, playing in only five
games between May 6
and August 28
. He ended the season with a .264
, 5 home runs, and 22
RBI in 197 at bats.
Through Wilson's career as a Pirate, he had frequently been dogged
by trade rumors. In , with the acquisition of Jeromy Burnitz
, members of the Pittsburgh
press asserted that the Pirates, despite Wilson's relative success,
were trying to trade him. At the trade deadline of the 2006 season,
Wilson was traded to the New York
for Shawn Chacon
to the New York Post
, at least one
general manager in the National League found the deal inexplicable
from the Pirates' standpoint. Voicing the opinion that Pirates GM
Wilson, the anonymous GM was quoted as saying, "We really thought
Wilson was a guy a lot of AL teams would be interested in. He is a
high strikeout guy, but he can hit a fastball
, damage lefty pitching, and not embarrass
himself in right field or at first."
Overall in 2006, Craig batted .251 with 17 home runs and 49 RBI.
Though he only batted 359 times, he struck out 122 times. The
Yankees didn't re-sign him, causing him to become a free
The Atlanta Braves
signed Wilson to a
one-year contract worth $2 million USD on January 18
, . After 40 games of the 2007 season
with the Braves, Wilson was granted his unconditional release on
, 2007, to make room for Brayan Peña
on the roster. On May 28
, 2007, he signed a minor league deal with the
Chicago White Sox
, but ended up
undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery in June. Wilson was
released by the White Sox at the end of the 2007 season. On
February 9, 2008, Wilson signed a minor league contract with an
invitation to spring training
the Cincinnati Reds
, but was
released on February 21
after failing a
physical. On April 8
, 2008, he signed a
minor league deal to return to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
On July 10
, he was traded to the Seattle Mariners
for a player to be named
later and he became a free agent at the end of the season.
- " BOMBERS TAKE CAKE IN TRADING STAKES", Joel
Sherman, The New
York Post, published August 1, 2006, accessed August 1,
- " Craig Wilson Traded to Mariners"