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Slick-fielding shortstop Jack Wilson handled the infield at PNC Park from 2001 to 2009 and was a fan favorite along the way. “Jack Flash” came to the Bucs from St. Louis in 2000 in exchange for Jason Christiansen. He enjoyed his finest season in 2004, hitting .308 with 41 doubles and a league-leading 12 triples. Wilson also went to the All-Star Game and won the Silver Slugger Award that year. He was as sharp as they come on the defensive side, and somehow managed to never win a Gold Glove. After his departure at the trade deadline in 2009, the Pirates have seen a number of subpar shortstops. Jack Wilson in his prime would be ideal for the Buccos right now – stellar defense along with a bat that’s better than Clint Barmes’. He’d even be a perfect fit for manager Clint Hurdle, as Jack led the league in sacrifice hits in 2001 and 2002. Wilson decided to retire from baseball at the conclusion of the 2012 season.
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