Collins To Mookie: No Hard Feelings; Mets’ Alderson Says Change Was Needed

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Mookie Wilson has been let go by the Mets. Again.

The team announced several changes to their staff Wednesday, saying Wilson will not be brought back as the first base coach.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said he recently met with manager Terry Collins to discuss the staff for 2012. New York went 77-85 this season.

“We both agreed changes were necessary for us to move forward,” Alderson said.

Wilson is among the most popular Mets in team history. He was offered another job in the organization, and there was no indication of whether he would take it.

Wilson was dismissed three weeks before the 25th anniversary of the famed grounder he hit through Bill Buckner’s legs in the 1986 World Series.

“Hopefully, he understands he’s wanted here,” Collins said on a conference call.

Wilson was the Mets’ first base coach from 1997-2002, and felt slighted when he was not rehired then. He returned as the first base coach this season, with additional duties to oversee the outfielders and baserunning.

Wilson has often been seen by the Mets and their fans as a goodwill ambassador for the club.

Mets bench coach Ken Oberkfell, bullpen coach Jon Debus and third base coach Chip Hale will not be rehired. Hale has already joined the Oakland Athletics as their bench coach.

The Mets said Tim Teufel will take over as the third base coach and Ricky Bones will be the bullpen coach next year. Teufel was the Mets’ manager at Triple-A Buffalo this season.

Hitting coach Dave Hudgens and pitching coach Dan Warthen will return in their same spots.

Debus will be offered another spot with the team. He has a catching background, and Alderson said the team wanted more of a pitching presence in that bullpen role.

Alderson and Collins did not identify any candidates to become bench coach. Alderson said Double-A manager Wally Backman wasn’t likely to join the major league staff, but could possibly take Teufel’s spot at Buffalo.

“Wally has a history of motivating his players and having success,” said Alderson.

NOTES: LHP Johan Santana will finish his active rehabilitation program for this year on Saturday at the end of instructional league. Santana threw four innings last Friday. The two-time Cy Young winner did not pitch in the majors in 2011 while coming back from surgery on his left shoulder. He made three starts in the minors. “We are optimistic that Johan will be able to begin and maintain a spring training schedule with all other Mets pitchers next February and will be ready for the start of the 2012 season,” Alderson said in a statement.

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  • HYH

    How about changes in the line up/players. Mookie Wilson is a legend, devoted, dedicated and hard working. Making that change isn’t going to make them win and the orgainzation loses one of the few (perhaps only) positive representatives for the Mets. His historic connection to the gloried past of the 1986 era and continued loyalty to the organization should not be dismissed. Just proves once again that the front office has no idea of what they are doing.

  • Tommy C

    Plan and simple the Muts just don’t get it . Time after time they slap their own history in the face under the guise of change.Thats why they’ll never be anything put the red-headed step-children to the 28 TIME WORLD CHAMP ……Your NewYork Yankees…..Yankees win ……..theeeeeeeeeee yankeeeeeeeeees winnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn.

  • matt

    Unbelievable, the mets get rid of Mookie, a fan favorite who did a good job as a base coach, and Chip Hale who did an even better job as third base coach why we dont we hire that idiot razor shines back.

  • PinStriperJim

    To BleacherCreature26 the Mets don’t care about their ties to the 86′ Mets. They only care about their ties to the Brooklyn Dodgers.

  • al

    who cares? Meaningless changes for a meaningless organization

    • blic

      i hear ya.’

    • LukeCage

      @Al If you do not care and it is meaningless then why bother to even comment.
      You are not a MET FAN sounds Yankee-esqe to me. Mets fan do care. As small as our History is we have done and continue to do a bad job of celebrating out Mets Past. However all that comes for the Brooklyn Dodgers owned Mets oops I mean the Wilpon owned Mets. Either way leadership in any Company starts at the top, and our TOP FLOOR seems to be always under construction Ugh!!! Cannot wait till Wiplons are Forced to sell the team.

  • thedtrain

    i know it sucks but it really depends on what the team is focusing on and what their needs are. sandy’s done alot in the right direction so ill trust him so far

  • BleacherCreature26

    I’m a big yankee fan, but can someone explain to me why the Mets would get rid of a guy who was part of the single most famous play in Mets history. They say its time to “make change”, and I agree, but DONT CHANGE MOOKIE WILSON!!!! ONE OF THE MOST MEMORABLE METS OF ALL TIME! THEIR LAST TIE TO THE ’86 TEAM!

    • miichael

      Been there done that lets move on word was that he was messing up the outfield positioing

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