Jack Wilson to retire

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After 12 seasons, former Pirates shortstop Jack Wilson will retire.

Jack Wilson has retired after 12 seasons in the majors, Dejan Kovacevic reports.

"My wife Julie and our kids and I made that decision together, that this season was going to be my last," Wilson told Trib Total Media. "We’re retiring officially, right after the Braves win the World Series."

Wilson, 34, was acquired by Atlanta to be the backup shortstop, but he appeared in only 40 games and batted .169. He went on the disabled list July 15 because of a dislocated pinky finger, then was released by the Braves on Aug. 31.

Wilson is still traveling with the Braves and next week will make his first trip back to Pittsburgh since the Bucs traded him in 2009.

Wilson, of course, started for the Pirates from 2001 through 2009. He was a much better player than I thought he was at the time, mainly because his defense really was as good as it looked. It's funny, Wilson was a fan favorite for being a light-hitting but slick-fielding shortstop (although he had a couple of genuinely good offensive seasons, in 2004 and 2007). Now Clint Barmes is having a fairly Wilson-like season, and the fans hate him. Maybe it's the fact that Wilson never batted .228, as Barmes has this year?

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