CJ Wilson Speaker Profile
CJ Wilson Biography
CJ Wilson was born November 18, 1980, in Newport Beach,California and is a Major League Baseball starting pitcher for the TexasRangers.
After starting the 2001 season in Pulaski of the Appalachian League he waspromoted to Single-A with the Savannah Sand Gnats. He moved through High-ACharlotte (Florida State League) and into Double-A Tulsa (Texas League) by late2002.
For 2003, Wilson returned to Double-A in Frisco of the TexasLeague, earning Pitcher of the Week honors in May. His up and down season wascut short due to injury when Dr. Lewis Yocum performed season ending Tommy Johnsurgery on August 12.
After missing all of 2004 due to the elbow injury, Wilsonwas able to return to Double-A in 2005 before being called up to the majorslater that season. He posted a 17 record and 6.94 ERA in 24 games during hisrookie campaign with the Rangers. Later in the season, Texas placed him in thebullpen full-time where he went 12 with a 2.73 ERA in 18 relief appearances.
He started the 2006 season on the 15-day disabled list witha strained hamstring before returning to the team going 12 with a 5.16 ERAwith the Rangers before getting optioned to Triple-A on June 1. While in theminors, he went 10 with a 2.45 ERA with two saves, and in 11 innings, hestruck out 17 and walked five in nine appearances. After being recalled July18, Wilson ended the season strong, posting second half numbers of a 3.29 ERAin 24 2/3 innings and 27 appearances and ending the season as the team's topleft-handed setup man, posting a 24 record and 4.06 ERA overall for Texas. Heproved especially tough against lefties, with an ERA of 1.77 with 19 strikeoutsin 20⅓ innings.
Following the trade of Eric Gagn, Wilson was used to closeout games for the Rangers in 2007 converting his first 11 consecutive chances.Overall, he finished with career bests in: ERA (3.03), Appearances (66), Innings(68.1), Strikeouts (63), WHIP (1.21), Holds (15), and Opposing Avg (.208).
He was named the Rangers closer for the 2008 season butstruggled with a 6.06 ERA, although he did convert 24 of 28 chances.
In 2009, Wilson returned to role of set-up man as FrankFrancisco was named the closer. Set new career bests in: Wins (5), Innings(73.2), Appearances (74), ERA (2.81), Strikeouts (84), K/BB ratio (2.61), Holds(19), HR allowed (3) as well as recording 14 saves throughout the year and seta team record for the lowest home ERA for a single season (0.67) .
After the Rangers clinched the AL West on September 23, manager Ron Washingtonannounced Wilson would be the team's ALDS game one starting pitcher.
In 2011, Wilson was 167 with a 2.94 ERA (7th in theAmerican League). He led the league in games started (34), and was 4th inwins, 5th in win-loss percentage (.696), and 6th in strikeouts (206; 6th-mostin Rangers history).
Wilson is a devoted Taoist and adheres to a Straight Edge way oflife (abstaining from alcohol, illegal drugs, and promiscuous sex in order tomaintain health). As a sign of his choice of being Straight Edge, Wilsonhas the words Straight Edge tattooed along the length of his torso,Japanese characters on his shoulder that read Poison Free andXXX stitched on his blue glove as a straight edge symbol. The blueglove is itself unusual among baseball players (who generally wear a traditionalbrown-colored glove). Wilson wears the blue glove when the Rangers wear theirblue uniforms (or their road grey uniforms); he also has a similarly-decoratedred glove when pitching in games where the Rangers wear their alternate reduniforms.
Wilson is highly interested in politics, which he said is instark contrast to other Major League baseball players in an interview withESPN.com's Page 2. His characterizations of typical ballplayers in thissame interview and some of his posts on the blog lonestarball.com generatedminor controversy within the Rangers' clubhouse.
Wilson races racecars in his free time, and has mentioned heaims to be a professional racer after his baseball career; he also is highlyinterested in cars, having a collection of Porsches. Wilson won the E1 class inthe 2010 25 Hours of Thunderhill.
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