One of the better stories coming out of the end of Spring Training is that of Tom Wilhelmsen managing to beat the odds and make the Seattle Mariners 25-man roster as part of their bullpen. After spending five years completely out of baseball, Wilhelmsen signed with the Mariners in 2009 and spent just one year in the minors re-adjusting to the game before putting together a strong spring and forcing his way in to the major leagues.
Wilhelmsen has a rather colorful past, having been suspended by his original organization, the Milwaukee Brewers, in 2004 after testing positive for marijuana twice. Instead of serving out his suspension and coming back, Wilhelmsen decided to retire from the game altogether and spent the next several years traveling around the world, including serving a stint as a bartender in Tucson, Arizona. Continue reading