Former LSU Star Attempting MLB Comeback
A former LSU standout is attempting a comeback in Major League Baseball, after two years away from the game.
Brian Wilson, a three-time MLB All-Star, who threw his last pitch in 2014, is looking to make a comeback as a knuckleball pitcher.
That's quite the contrast in pitching styles for Wilson, who was a power pitcher for his entire career, with a 94 mph fastball, to go along with a 89 mph slider.
The 34-year old Wilson, who is unsigned, is working out on his own, trying to get a look from a scout, and trying to get an invite to a spring training camp.
A native of Winchester, Massachusetts, Wilson pitched at LSU from 2001-2003, becoming the school's number two starter, while appearing in 51 career games, including 22 starts.
During his college career, Wilson posted a career record of 18-10, to go along with five saves.
In the middle of his third season at LSU, Wilson injured his right elbow, forcing him to undergo Tommy John surgery.
Despite the injury, Wilson elected to forego his senior season at LSU and enter the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft, where he was selected in the 24th round by the San Francisco Giants.
One of the more interesting personalities in baseball since the turn of the century, Wilson made it to the big league in 2006, and then became on of the top closers in MLB.
From 2008-2011, Wilson accumulated 163 saves, while being named to the National League All-Star team three times.
In 2012 Wilson was forced to have a second Tommy John surgery, and was never the same pitcher.
After pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2014, Wilson left the game with a career record of 24-25, including a 3.30 ERA, while tallying 172 saves and 407 strikeouts across 382 innings in his nine-year career.
Trying to learn a specialty pitch at this point, one that normally takes years to master, after being away from the game for two years, the odds of Wilson returning to Major League Baseball are very long indeed.
That being said, it would be a great story if he did make it back.
Wilson was not only an elite relief pitcher, but one of the best characters in the game, and one the game would welcome again.
Good luck in your comeback attempt Brian!