Logan Gilbert uses his alter ego to find the right mindset for the Mariners

by Ben Verlander
FOX Sports MLB Analyst

Logan Gilbert He is more than just a budding star in Seattle Mariners.

He was a student on the 4.0 Dean’s List at Stetson University. It’s as cute as they come. And the praise he received from his college coach, Stephen Trimper, sums it up perfectly.

“I’ve trained maybe 900 kids over a 29-year period, but he’s the most honest, humble and fierce competitor he’s ever had,” Trimper said. “He’s just the coolest human you’ve ever met. He’s a guy who has done everything right in his life, off the field, in class, and as a human being.”

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Off the field and even on any day on the field when he’s not throwing the ball, you’ll have a hard time finding anyone nicer than Logan Gilbert.

On the days he gives his shows, everything changes. That’s when Logan was replaced by Walter.

Walter is Gilbert’s alter ego – the character he takes on when he plays. Walter is angry, Walter is angry, and Walter is a good shooter.

How did it all start? Why did the sophomore feel he needed an alternate ego?

Well, this week I had Gilbert on my podcast, “Philippines Bats,” and was able to pick his brain on the issue.

“It all started out as a joke in college honestly,” Gilbert said.

“It started when we were lunching at a mall on a road trip in college, and now we’re here in the major leagues, and it somehow stayed with me.

“You get kind of more competitive and more locked up when your starting day comes around. But then he somehow became a person. Without thinking until I said, ‘Walter.’ I’m not even sure where that came from. He stopped somehow.”

Gilbert rose through the minor leagues after Seattle drafted him for 14th in 2018. After an uneven rookie season in 2021, the 25-year-old was one of the best bowlers in baseball in 2022.

Gilbert is 7-3 on the pile with a 2.28 junior ERA through his first 14 starts. I would definitely say Walter does a better job than OK.

How did Walter change Gilbert’s mindset on the hill?

“I don’t know. It’s just some kind of event.” He said.

“I think it’s possible that when we go to meetings, it probably starts a little bit. Then once I get everything and go in there, I’m locked up and I stop my identity and flip the other. The more competitive side.”

This fiery mentality from Walter could help Gilbert secure a place on the AL All-Star Team as he looks to bring the underperforming Mariners back into play in the playoffs.

Be sure to check out the full episode of not only this other alter-ego conversation, but also from Gilbert.

Ben Verlander, MLB Analyst at FOX Sports and host of “philippines batsPodcast. Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Verlander was an all-American at Old Dominion University before joining his brother, Justin, in Detroit in the 14th round of the Tigers’ pick in 2013. He spent five years in an organized Tigers. Follow him on Twitter @Ben Verlander.

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