NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mookie Wilson isn’t happy about his role with the New York Mets, and he’s letting the world know it in his upcoming memoir.
“It’s sad to admit this, but I have basically become a hood ornament,” Wilson wrote in “Mookie: Life, Baseball and the ’86 Mets,” which will be released April 29. “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.”
Wilson, considered an icon for his part in winning the 1986 World Series championship, was booted as first base coach after the 2011 season. The following February, the Mets announced Wilson would remain with the franchise dual baseball-business capacity, which apparently has left him with much to be desired.
“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 wrote.
WFAN co-host Craig Carton read excerpts of Mookie’s book during Friday morning’s show. Quotes were also published in the New York Post.
The 58-year-old accused Mets brass and others in the business of toying “with people’s lives.”
“One year you’re making $100,000, the next year just $40,000. Where’s the reasoning? How can people live under those circumstances?” he wrote. “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.”
Wilson also took some hacks at the regime of general manager Sandy Alderson, who was hired in 2010.
“I felt like I was watching the deterioration of the Mets organization,” he wrote. “They seemed to have no identity.”
Wilson believes the club has distanced itself from the bad-boy ’86 team — he said the stories surrounding the team have been “exaggerated at times” — even though some former players could mentor the current team on “the pitfalls of fame.”
He also dished on that era, writing that late Hall of Famer Gary Carter believed Keith Hernandez “was unfit to play the role of captain” in the ’80s: “Perhaps to appease Carter, the Mets made him co-captain.”
Wilson will appear in-studio on the “Boomer & Carton” show at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
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