File this under hilarious but remember former Dodger and Giant reliever Brian Wilson? Sure you do. Wilson was part of two San Francisco World Championship clubs before blowing out his elbow and having Tommy John surgery. He had two Tommy John surgeries during his career, probably from throwing so hard. Before that Wilson was a pretty damn good closer for the most part. He saved 48 games for the Giants in 2010 helping them win a World Series. He then saved 36 games for San Francisco in 2011. All total he saved 161 games for the Giants between 2008 and 2011 and was a three-time all-star.
The Dodgers signed him on July 30, 2013 and he was pretty awesome for the boys in blue that season allowing just one earned run in 13.2 innings pitched and posting a 0.66 ERA in 18 appearances. Then his arm fell apart as he posted a 4.66 ERA while tossing 48.1 innings pitched for the Dodgers in 2014. That year he allowed over 9 hits per nine innings and was eventually released in December of 2014.
Wilson threw a great cut fastball, slider and lived on the outside part of the plate. His trademark was to cross his arms after every save. He also had a nasty scraggily beard that he never cut or cleaned and was quite the character. His antics normally annoyed everyone in the clubhouse. His Shtick got old real fast. Oh how could we forget him? Those were the days of Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez and Juan Uribe. That was right in the midst of the Don Mattingly era. Those were fun times.
He’s 34-years old and hasn’t appeared in the majors since 2014. However according to Yahoo sport’s Tim Brown he is interested in attempting a comeback as a knuckleballer. Apparently Wilson learned to throw the pitch when he was 12-years old. Wilson says he has several different arm angles and speeds for the knuckler. According to Brown he has already worked out with a couple of different clubs.
Can Wilson make the comeback at his age and with his injury history? He certainly seems to think so, but then again he was always a bit delusional wasn’t he? Wilson wants to be a starter, a knuckleball starter and thinks he can do it successfully. The knuckleball is one of the hardest pitches to master, catch, and hit. Very few pitchers have done it with varying degrees of success. I have a hard time believing that Wilson can make it work. If you remember Wilson experimented with the knuckleball a couple of times during spring training when he was with the Dodgers.
I tell you what, if he does make it that would be extremely entertaining to watch. I’m rooting for this to happen just for the pure entertainment value. As long as that’s not with the Dodgers. Good luck Brian, but just in case don’t quit your day job. Whatever that has been these days.