Wilson will represent the Mets at this June's First-Year Player Draft, as part of an annual tradition that encourages teams to send various luminaries, Hall of Famers and front office personnel to the event in Secaucus, N.J.
Wilson, 54, is best known for hitting the ground ball that trickled through the legs of Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. Currently an ambassador for the Mets, Wilson also famously dove out of the way of a wild pitch in that game, allowing the tying run to score in the bottom of the 10th.
A second-round Draft pick in 1977, Wilson played nine and a half of his 12 big league seasons with the Mets. He held the club's all-time stolen bases record (281) until Jose Reyes passed him in 2008.
Now, Wilson will play another role for the Mets -- that of Draft representative.
MLB.com will offer live coverage and analysis of the entire First-Year Player Draft on June 7-9 on MLB.com/Live. The first round and Compensation Round A will be broadcast live from MLB Network's Studio 42 in Secaucus, N.J., on MLB.com and MLB Network on June 7, beginning with the Draft preview show at 6 p.m. ET.
MLB.com Draft expert Jonathan Mayo will join Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds, John Hart, Peter Gammons and Baseball America executive editor Jim Callis on Monday's broadcast.
Coverage for Rounds 2-50 will shift exclusively to MLB.com/Live, where Rounds 2-30 will be streamed on Tuesday, beginning at noon, and Rounds 31-50 will be streamed on Wednesday, starting at noon. Host Pete McCarthy will be joined by Mayo and former general manager Jim Duquette.
Jon Miller will also represent the Mets at this June's Draft. Last year, John Franco represented the team in Secaucus.
And another tie to 1986 exists, as well. Davey Johnson, who managed that World Series championship Mets team, will represent the Nationals at the Draft.
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less