Daniel Allen Wilson ... resides in Seattle with wife Annie and four children: daughters Sofia and Josephine, and sons Elijah and Abraham ... was a member of the Barrington (Ill.) Little League team that finished third in the Little League World Series; lost to the 1981 Tampa team that featured Gary Sheffield ... was the winning pitcher in the third-place game ... graduated from Barrington HS in 1987 ... earned all-state honors three times as a goalie in hockey and twice as a pitcher and a catcher in baseball ... also quarterbacked the football team ... attended the University of Minnesota, where he majored in mechanical engineering ... Golden Gophers teammates included Brent Gates and Denny Neagle ... was co-captain and a first team All-America selection in 1990 ... is a strong supporter of First Place School: sponsors Dan Wilson's Assists for Homeless Children, making a donation to First Place School for every opposing baserunner caught stealing ... Dan and his wife also serve on the board of directors for First Place.
Reached base via hit or walk in 71 of 98 games in which he had an at-bat.
Hit .267 (64x240) off right-handed pitching.
Was 4x10 with the bases loaded in 2004 and is now a career .330 hitter (36x109) with the
Started 91 games behind the plate, the 11th consecutive season he's led the club in starts
by a catcher.
Was 2x2 with an RBI as a pinch-hitter.
Second on the club in sacrifice hits (8) and sacrifice flies (5).
Hit .315 in April (17x54) and was batting .293 at the end of May.
Singled in the 8th April 24 at Texas for his 1000th career hit as a Mariner; is now one of
six M's in history w/1000 hits.
Hit in season-high six-straight games May 9-15 (11x21/.524).
Matched career-high with six RBI May 15 at New York.
Batted .271 in September (13x48).
Hit in five-straight games Sept. 21-27, and in seven of last eight games of season.
Has now caught 1,226 games in his Mariners career, more than 400 more than any other
player (Valle, 798).
Began season on the 15-day DL with a strained oblique muscle on his left side and played two games, April 3-4 with AA-San Antonio on rehab assignment.
Activated April 6 and went 1x4 with a run and RBI that day in Texas.
Tripled April 27 vs. Detroit, his first three-bagger since July 11, 2002.
Matched his career-high with an 11-game hit streak April 17-May 6, hitting .316 (12x38) with 12 RBI during that span.
Hit .280 (14x50) in April with three doubles, a triple, a home run, and nine RBI.
Went 3x4 at Kansas City May 28, with two doubles and three RBI.
Had a season-high four hits July 2 at Oakland, finishing 4x5 with a RBI.
Hit the go-ahead RBI in the 10th inning July 5 at Texas.
Had a pair of five-game hit streaks, June 25-July 5 and July 17-23.
Hit .333 (18x54) in July, his first calendar month batting over .300 since hitting .301 in July of 2001 (22x73).
Went 1x2 with a triple (second of the season; also April 27) on August 16 vs. Boston.
Hit third home run of the season Aug. 21 at Toronto, going 2x3 with a run and two RBI.
Had a six-game hitting streak from Aug. 16-26, hitting .400 (8x20).
Went 2x3, with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored Sept. 28 in a 9-3 win vs. Oakland.
Traded to Seattle with RHP Bobby Ayala by Cincinnati for RHP Erik Hanson and 2B Bret Boone on Nov. 3, 1993; re-signed on Nov. 8, 2002.
Veteran catcher had best offensive year in nine seasons, and helped guide Seattle's pitching staff to 4.07 ERA ... his .295 average was highest ever by a Mariner catcher ... went 3-for-3 at Anaheim April 8 stealing only base of the year in the 5-4 win...had a season-high 12 RBIs in April ... drove in 3 runs April 10 at Anaheim ... had second 3-RBI game April 13 at Texas ... hit .524 (11-for-21) with 7 RBIs on first road trip ... first home run April 21 vs. Texas, going 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs in 5-3 win ... in the home-and-home series against Texas, April 12-15 and April 19-21, batted .611 (11-for-18), with 7 RBIs, a double and a home run; led the Mariners with a .422 batting average (19-for-45) ... had six-game hitting streak from April 13-21 (11-for-21) with four multihit games; his first six-game hitting streak since July of 1999 ... finished April batting .344 (21-for-61) with 12 RBIs and a home run ... in a span of six games from May 30 to June 3 had three multihit games, batting .462 (6-for-13) ... hit only triple of season June 11 vs. St. Louis, going 2-for-4 with a RBI ... hit second bomb of the year June 16 at San Diego (off Perez), going 1-for-4 with 2 RBIs ... three games later hit third home run at Houston in 8-0 blowout June 21 going 2-for-5 with 2 RBIs ... went 1-for-1 in first PH appearance June 22 at Houston ... had 10-game hitting streak from June 15-29, batting .361 (13-for-36) ... hit a blistering .350 in June with 21 hits, two doubles, a triple and 2 home runs; hit in 17 of 19 games that month ... hit successfully in 21 of 24 games from June 3 to July 7, batting .342 (26-for-76) ... hit fourth home run of the season July 24 vs. Anaheim, going 1-for-3 with 2 RBIs ... belted game-winning home run Aug. 7 at Toronto in the 10th ... had three multihit games Aug. 3-7, going 6-for-14 (.429) ... had strong offensive numbers in August, hitting .324 with 1 HR and six doubles ... hit safely in 41 of last 58 games ... started 33 of 41 games after the All-Star break ... went 2-for-3 with home run No. 6, 3 RBIs Sept. 1 vs. Kansas City ... went 4-for-4 Sept. 12 at Texas ... had multihit games in 3 of 5 games from Sept. 10 to 15 going 8-for-16 (.500) during that stretch ... finished just short of .300, hitting .295 (106-for-359) in 115 games, with 16 doubles, 6 home runs and 44 RBIs.
Veteran catcher helped guide Seattle's pitching staff to AL leading 3.54 ERA while enjoying bounce-back offensive season ... started slowly (10-for-47, .213 in April), but hit .279 (17-for-61) in May and .305 (18-for-59) in June ... raised average from .182 on May 4 to .280 on June 17 going 30-for-88, .341 ... hit first career pinch-hit home run on May 5 vs. Toronto's Pedro Borbon; blast to center gave Seattle a 5-4 lead in the 7th ... stole first base May 18 vs. NY; finished the year 3-for-5 in stolen base attempts and is 18 for 25 over past four seasons ... had three straight multihit games between May 23-28 (6-for-13, .462) with a home run and 5 RBIs ... 3-for-5 with home run and 3 RBIs June 12; the home run was his 69th as a catcher to set new team mark ... started game at catcher then made lone appearance at first base on July 5 in Texas ... had two hits in the 7th inning July 8 at LA ... tripled July 20, his first three-bagger since May 24, 1999 ... hit .301 (22-for-73) in August ... made nine consecutive starts behind the plate from Aug. 6-15 going 12-for-28, .429, including 4-for-5 Aug. 8 vs. Toronto ... blocked two runs from scoring in 1-0 win Sept. 2 in Baltimore, including blocking potential game-tying run in bottom of the 9th inning ... was a defensive replacement at first base Sept. 25 ... was 3-for-4 with 2 doubles and 4 RBIs Oct. 2 ... batted .275 (53-for-193) with 6 HR and 24 RBI in the first-half.
The veteran catcher posted another solid season for the Mariners behind the plate, guiding Seattle's pitching staff to one of the most successful seasons in team history with 91 wins and a 4.52 staff ERA...defensively Wilson nabbed 20 potential base stealers, throwing out 40 percent of the thieves...unselfish at the plate, Wilson was among the AL league leaders in sacrifice bunts, landing 11 on the season...started the season with a home run and 4 RBI vs. Toronto on April 14...tallied 2 RBI vs. KC on April 21 and finished the month hitting .274 (62x17)...hit his second home run of the year vs. Tampa Bay on May 21...played in just 10 games in June after being placed on the 15-day DL on June 15 with a pulled left oblique muscle....reinstated from the DL on July 15 after a rehab stint at single-A Everett...finished July with seven hits and 3 RBI in the final the 11 games he played...made appearances at first and third base in August and also tallied his fourth home run of the year in a 9-8 loss at Cleveland...tallied 7 RBI in 15 games during August and finished the month with his first stolen base, vs. New York on August 28...produced two hits with a home run and three RBI on September 16 vs. Baltimore...started three-straight games in Sept. 18-20; was 1x10 but Seattle won all three crucial games.
Outstanding catcher had another solid all-around season... finished third among AL catchers with .997 fielding percentage... tied for 7th in the AL and led the Mariners with 10 sacrifice hits... went 5x15 in the first five games of the season... raised average to .296 in May by going 2x4 at Cleveland with a double and game-winning home run in a 6-5 win on May 5; went 3x30 in next 9 games to drop average to .238... batted .419 (13x31) over last 10 games of May before batting .314 with 3 homers and 11 RBI over 20 games in June... hit home runs in back-to-back games June 1-2... raised average to season-best .300 following 6-game hitting streak, June 18-24... made first career appearance at first base Aug. 27 at New York; made 5 appearances at first base overall, all as a defensive replacement... went 2x2 with game-winning RBI vs. Boston Sept. 9... recorded the Mariners first-ever straight steal of home Aug. 1 vs. Baltimore; his third stolen base of the year... over last five seasons (since 1995), is a .364 hitter with the bases full (24x66) with two grand slams... has hit .302 (134x444) over the past four seasons with RISP.
Had injury-shortened year in 1998... hit an inside-the-park home run on May 3 vs. Detroit (Castillo), blast to left-center was a grand slam HR; was his 2nd career ITPHR and the 171st ITPGSHR in ML history, seventh by a catcher... had career-high six RBI July 17 vs. KC. placed on disabled list July 20 with torn ligaments in left ankle; injury was suffered July 19 vs. KC. was activated from DL Sept. 1.
In 1997 caught more games (144) and caught more innings (1,202.0) than any other catcher in the Majors... hit in 11 consecutive games July 3-17 (19x42/.452), a career-high... hit HR #11 Aug. 15 at Baltimore off Randy Myers, the 3,000th HR in Mariners history... slapped his first career inside-the-park HR Sept. 10 vs. Detroit... it was the 18th inside-the-park HR in club history, the first by a catcher... threw out 41% of opposing runners attempting to steal (2nd in AL)... started in 142 games behind the plate for the Mariners, a career high... hit .357 vs. left-handed pitching and his .651 slugging percentage vs. lefties was the best in the AL.
Had best season ever by a Mariners catcher in 1996, setting club records for catchers in average (.285), home runs (18) and RBI (83)... set new career-highs in practically every category, including average, games, at-bats, runs, hits, doubles, home runs and RBI... threw out 39 of 100 runners attempting to steal (39%), the third-highest mark in the AL... became fifth Mariner to hit three home runs in a game on April 11 at Detroit... had five RBI, including first career grand slam home run vs. Anaheim April 16 (off Jim Abbott)... his seven home runs in April was a new club record for catchers in a month... missed game May 3 to meet wife and adopted daughter Sofia in New York... tied club record with first career five-hit game June 11 at Minnesota... was named to first All-Star team and was 0x1 in game... hit 14th home run of the season, and set a club record for catchers (Valle, 13 in '93), July 25 vs. Detroit (off Felipe Lira)... delivered 64th RBI of the season, and set a club record for catchers (Valle, 63 in '93), Aug. 12 vs. Kansas City... was 8x21 (.381) with the bases loaded.
Had breakthrough offensive season in 1995... threw out Tim Raines Sept. 15 in a tie game, was only Raines' second caught stealing in 43 attempts... threw out 32 of 93 runners attempting to steal (34%)... hit over .300 the final two months of the season... led league catchers in putouts (895) and total chances (952).
Finished tied for 7th in AL in 1994 with eight sacrifice bunts... went 3x5 with two doubles and a triple in Mariners home opener April 11 vs. Minnesota... recorded first stolen base of his ML career on April 26 vs. Boston... collected first ML home run off Oakland's Ron Darling June 11 on "Salute to the Rainiers" Night.
Made Cincinnati's Opening Day roster out of spring training in 1993... was hitting .214 (12x56) when he was optioned to Indianapolis on July 3... was recalled Sept. 7... traded to Seattle Nov. 2.
Spent most of 1992 at Nashville... led American Association catchers in putouts (733), assists (69) and total chances (810)... was promoted to Cincinnati on Aug. 31... made his ML debut as a pinch hitter on Sept. 7 at Houston... collected first ML hit off Tom Glavine on Sept. 9 at Atlanta... threw out three of seven runners attempting to steal.
Split 1991 between Charleston and Chattanooga... began the year with Charleston... was named by South Atlantic League managers as the top defensive catcher in the league, despite spending less than half the year with Charleston... was promoted to Chattanooga on June 7... threw out 38% (26x68) of attempted base stealers... was named the best catching prospect in the Southern League by that circuit's managers and the #9 ML prospect by Baseball America.
Was selected by Cincinnati in the first round (7th player overall) of the 1990 June draft and was assigned to Charleston... posted a .995 fielding percentage, committing just one error in 215 total chances... threw out 46% (12x26) of attempted base stealers.