Craig Wilson (first baseman)

Craig Wilson (First Baseman)

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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 outfield. 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 and 82 RBI in 155 games, but posted a franchise-record 169 strikeouts in 561 at bats. 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 disabled list, playing in only five games between May 6 and August 28. He ended the season with a .264 batting average, 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 Yankees for Shawn Chacon. According 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 Dave Littlefield had undersold Wilson, the anonymous GM was quoted as saying, "We really...
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