Mets enlist Mookie for dual role

Mets enlist Mookie for dual role

Mets enlist Mookie for dual role
Former Mets outfielder Mookie Wilson will continue to work with the organization in 2012, assuming a role that includes both baseball and business duties, the organization announced on Tuesday.

Wilson, 56, made his Mets debut in 1980 and was a regular contributor in the club's '86 World Series title run. Though he spent the last 2 1/2 seasons of his career in Toronto, Wilson returned to the Mets in a coaching role in '96, the same year he was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame.

As for his current role with the team, Wilson will be at the Mets' Spring Training facility, working with both Major League and Minor League players. Once the regular season starts, he will visit the club's Minor League affiliates throughout the year.

In terms of his role on the business side, Wilson will be an ambassador for the Mets, representing the club at sponsorship and charity events during both Spring Training and the regular season.

"I look forward to both roles," Wilson said in a statement. "I am glad to be back. I will get a chance to work with the players in the spring and during the year. Plus, I will be able to look at some of our younger players, which I love doing.

"This year, we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Mets baseball, and I'm looking forward to getting out there and talking to fans both at the ballpark and in the community."

This role adds to the list of positions Wilson has held within the Mets organization, which includes spending time as a coach, Minor League manager and a member of the Community Outreach Department.

Paul Casella is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.