Mookie Wilson unhappy with Mets

Updated: April 25, 2014, 12:47 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Mookie Wilson, a central player in the New York Mets' last World Series title, is unhappy with how he has been treated by the organization.

Wilson is particularly upset with how he was dropped as first-base coach for the big league club after Terry Collins' first season as manager in 2011.

Still, Wilson did serve as a guest instructor for a week on the minor league side during this year's spring training and continues to make appearances on behalf of the team.

[+] EnlargeMookie Wilson
Slaven Vlasic/Getty ImagesMookie Wilson, a Met from 1980 to 1989, says he still doesn't understand why he was dropped as first-base coach in 2011 and made a team ambassador.

"It's sad to admit this, but I have basically become a hood ornament for the Mets," Wilson wrote in "Mookie: Life, Baseball and the '86 Mets," according to the New York Post. "I have no decision-making role at all in my job description. I would have liked an explanation as to why I was moved from first-base coach to the ambassadorship, but none was ever given.

"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."

Collins reportedly told Wilson it was not his decision to dismiss him.

"It was a strange season coaching under that new regime," Wilson wrote about 2011 under general manager Sandy Alderson. "I felt like I was watching the deterioration of the Mets organization. They seemed to have no identity. My concern was that the character of the players they were looking for superseded the talent they brought to the table. Character on a team is important, but you've got to have the horses to win."

Wilson told the Post he doesn't think the criticism of the organization in the book is "that strong."

Still, the 58-year-old Wilson also feels members of the '86 Mets are purposely held out of important positions with the organization because of their reputation from their playing days.

"The Mets have shied away from that iconic club because they don't want the current one exposed to that hard-partying culture which, while well-documented, has also been somewhat exaggerated at times," Wilson wrote. "The guys from that championship team are older and more mature now and can warn the current Mets about some of the pitfalls of fame."

Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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