Throwback Thursday: Jack Flash’s Slick Double Play

Each Thursday from now until the start of the season, we will post a “throwback” video from the archives.

The Bucs were on the eastern side of the state in July of 2009 to take on the Phillies. Sharp-fielding Jack Wilson made one of his spectacular web gems out at shortstop with a ridiculous double play. Shane Victorino chipped a shallow fly ball into left, and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” slid with his back to home plate to record the out. Then, he fired the ball back to first base in order to double-up Jimmy Rollins. Check it out:

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Previous Editions:
Stanley Cup Visits PNC Park
Ward Meets the Wall
Cordova, Rincon No-Hit Houston
Giles Climbs the Wall
Cutch’s Three-Homer Night

Bucs Turn a Triple Play in Cincy
Kendall Leaps to Score
Mackowiak’s Walk-Off Grand Slam
Mesa’s 300th Save

#FTFTrivia Answer 2/21/13

Tonight we asked…

and the answer to tonight’s #FTFTrivia is…

Jack Wilson

Offensively, Jack Flash had his best season in 2004.  Among his 201 hits were 12 triples, making him the last Pirate to hit more than 10 in a season.  His .301 batting average helped him win a Silver Slugger, and he was the only Bucco to make the All-Star team that year.

Wilson is actually the only player to collect double digit triples in a season since the Pirates have moved to PNC Park.  The only other player to come close was Andrew McCutchen, who hit 9 in his rookie year.  The next Pirate to hit more than 10 will most likely be a right-handed hitter, considering the large left field and “North Side Notch” in left-center.

Starling Marte has the potential to hit plenty of triples, as he possesses a combination of speed and power. Bill James predicts Starling to hit 11 triples in 2013, while ZiPS projects 14.

Congratulations to tonight’s winners: @johnlucas18, @SpinuptheFTL, and @Zach_Morrison1.

Thanks to all who participated, and tune in next time for another edition of #FTFTrivia.

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Top Ten Pirates of the PNC Park Era: #6 Jack Wilson

2001 23 108 44 87 3 25 .223 .550
2002 24 147 77 133 4 47 .252 .638
2003 25 150 58 143 9 62 .256 .656
2004 26 157 82 201 11 59 .308 .794
2005 27 158 60 151 8 52 .257 .662
2006 28 142 70 148 8 35 .273 .686
2007 29 135 67 141 12 56 .296 .791
2008 30 87 24 83 1 22 .272 .659
2009 31 75 26 71 4 31 .267 .691
PIT (9 yrs) 1159 508 1158 60 389 .269 .687

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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