Mookie Wilson, the 1986 World Series hero, who still serves as a club ambassador, writes in his soon-to-be released autobiography that he has been stripped of responsibilities for the Mets and is owed an explanation for his firing from the coaching staff following the 2011 season, according to the NY Post.
“It’s sad to admit this, but I have basically become a hood ornament for the Mets,” Wilson writes in “Mookie: Life, Baseball and the ’86 Mets”.
“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 thirty-year existence in it.”
Wilson says that his firing wasn’t Terry Collins‘s decision and that the move came from Sandy Alderson.
“It was a strange season coaching under that new regime,” Wilson writes. “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“My concern was that the character of the players they were looking for superseded the talent they brought to the table.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 said he still plans to be at Citi Field next month in an upcoming scheduled appearance as a Mets ambassador where the Mets have him roam around to greet fans and signs autographs.
Mookie has become a sideshow attraction for the organization.
“I understand that jobs come and go in the baseball business, but sometimes management loses sight of how these moves play with people’s lives,” Wilson writes. “When you have no stability and don’t know what you’re doing from one year to the next, it’s very difficult to do anything. One year you’re making $100,000, the next year just $40,000. Where’s the reasoning? How can people live under those circumstances?
“For as difficult as it is, I don’t think it really bothers team management, and that troubles me. I don’t care about not having a job. If they fire me because they have a better replacement, that’s fine. But when no information is given as to why a move is made, it’s much worse than getting an explanation I might disagree with. They just dictated my career as a player and a coach and it wasn’t right.”
I wasn’t aware that Wilson was not told why the team wanted to replace him. That’s a little troublesome and goes against every human resources policy I know.
The Mets offered a statement to the Post in response:
“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 told the Post he wasn’t concerned about making such comments in his book while still employed by the Mets.
“I figured it wasn’t that flattering, but I don’t think the language was that strong,” Wilson told The Post. “I didn’t want to do something and write something that is not truthful. I’m trying to be honest with myself and my situation.”
Wow, Mookie doesn’t pull any punches… Some of the things he says have merit.
When he was named to be the Mets ambassador I thought it was just the Mets’ way of sugar-coating his firing while at the same time using him as a promotional gimmick.
That nobody ever had a discussion with him to let him know why he failed to meet their expectations when he was fired is very unprofessional. It’s no wonder he finally blew up. You don’t treat employees that way, especially an iconic Met like Mookie Wilson.
That said, this is just another thing I connect to a failed Mets ownership. I do feel badly for Mookie, however he has it wrong as far as where any blame goes for the deterioration of the team.
Mets owners Fred and Jeff Wilpon are and continue to be everything that is wrong with this once-proud Mets franchise, not Sandy Alderson who is just an extension of them.
The Wilpons have been behind all the poor decision-making, all the embarrassing moments, and the number one reason why this team has fallen on such hard times. Every aspect of their business (Mets, Citi Field, SNY) is run like a second rate operation and they have no sense of pride and tradition.