Mookie critical in new autobiography
NEW YORK -- Referring to himself as a "hood ornament" for the organization, 1986 World Series hero Mookie Wilson criticized the Mets' treatment of him in a new autobiography.
Wilson said he is upset in particular that the Mets never explained why they dismissed him as first-base coach after the 2011 season.
"I feel that I deserve to hear just some words to justify the actions of an organization that I have honored and promoted every day of my nearly 30-year existence in it," Wilson wrote in "Mookie: Life, Baseball and the '86 Mets," according to an excerpt printed in the New York Post.
Upon release of the excerpts from Wilson's book, the Mets released the following statement:
"We are pleased that Mookie accepted our offer to rejoin the organization in 2012, and continue with us in Spring Training and during the season as a roving instructor and club ambassador."
Wilson still serves as a salaried ambassador for the organization, but is troubled by what he perceives as an underrepresentation of 1986 Mets players in prominent roles. One member of that team, Tim Teufel, is New York's current third-base coach, while another, Wally Backman, is the manager at Triple-A Las Vegas. In addition, Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling and Bob Ojeda all work for the partially team-owned television network SNY.