Wilson not closing door on coaching baseball one day


Throughout his nine-year MLB career, former Giants closer Brian Wilson was known for his eccentric personality, a very full beard and his role in bringing the franchise's first World Series trophy to San Francisco.

But would the three-time All-Star ever consider coaching the sport he played for so long? Don't count it out.

"Interesting question," Wilson told KNBR's "Murph & Mac" show Friday. "I don't want to say no, and I also don't want to say yes. Why I wouldn't say yes is the minute I put a uniform on and I'm not pitching, I'm going to be a little bit antsy, going, 'All right, give me the rock. I'm going to do this. Yeah, I'm going to need you to shut it down.'

"But on the flip side, I think it'd be really cool to just be able to help out any young kids that are coming up with a mindset. I'm not going to teach anybody mechanics -- you got your own mechanics, you know what you're doing, but just certain scenarios, what to do here, what not to do there."

The Giants selected Wilson in the 24th round of the 2003 MLB Draft, shortly after he underwent his first Tommy John surgery. He made his big league debut in 2006 and went on to record 171 saves through 2012 for San Francisco, though his final season in the Orange and Black was cut woefully short by a second Tommy John surgery.


Wilson closed out his MLB career with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013 and '14, but the 40-year-old remains tied with Rod Beck for the Giants' single-season saves record after notching 48 in 2010.

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These days, Wilson lives in LA and shared with "Murph & Mac" he has been spending time with the Pepperdine University baseball team, holding chapel with them and sharing his wisdom of the game. While it provides him with a way to be close to baseball once again, he said there's always the chance he could return as a coach.

"It's not something I'm closing the door on," Wilson said. "I'll always take an opportunity that God leads me to."

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