Brian Patrick Wilson (born March 16, 1982) is an American professional baseball relief pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball. Previously, he pitched for the San Francisco Giants. He stands 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and weighs 205 pounds (93 kg). He throws and bats right-handed. He throws a four-seam fastball, a cutter, a slider, and a two-seam fastball.
Wilson pitched collegiately at Louisiana State University. His college career ended during his junior season, when he injured his elbow and underwent Tommy John surgery. The San Francisco Giants selected him in the 2003 draft. He reached the major leagues in 2006 and had become the Giants’ regular closer by the end of 2007. In 2010, he led the National League (NL) with 48 saves and posted a 1.81 ERA, and he saved clinching games at every level of the playoffs, including the World Series.
In the first week of the 2012 season, Wilson injured his elbow and subsequently underwent his second Tommy John surgery. He completed his recovery midway through the 2013 season and signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, pitching effectively with them as a late-inning reliever.
Wilson is known for his large black beard, which he began growing during the 2010 pennant race.
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