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Mookie Wilson unhappy with Mets, has moved on

3:20 pm: Mookie Wilson would like it be known that he was once unhappy with the Mets, but has since moved on (Newsday, Apr. 25).


10:52 am: In his new book, “Mookie: Life, Baseball and the ’86 Mets,” Mookie Wilson says the Mets organization has made him feel like a “hood ornament.”

Wilson wrote that he wants to know the reasoning behind his move from first base coach after the 2010 season to team ambassador and roving instructor through the minor league system (NY Post, Apr. 25).

“It was a strange season coaching under that new regime,” Wilson wrote. “I felt like I was watching the deterioration of the Mets.”

According to Wilson, members of his 1986 team are not welcome by the current organization.

“The Mets have shied away from that iconic club because they don’t want the current one exposed to that hard-partying culture which, while well-documented, has also been somewhat exaggerated at times,” Wilson writes in his book.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

For what it’s worth, Tim Teufel, Wally Backman, Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling and Bob Ojeda, as well as John Franco and Edgardo Alfonzo, are all working for the organization in some capacity…

That said, this Mookie thing is convenient for people who entered the day already disliking Sandy Alderson, despite the organization’s strengthened farm system, popular pitching prospects and 12-10 record so far. If you don’t like Sandy, if you don’t have the patience or understand how he’s systematically rebuilding this franchise, if you think spending equals success and you don’t mind inconsistent, boom-and-bust cycles from season to season then you likely LOVE what Mookie had to say. On the other hand, if you’re like me, and you see what’s happening here, some of what Mookie says may actually make you more confident in the direction of this franchise.

Let me explain…

I respect this team’s past. I appreciate it. I love it. This is why I should not be a GM or in a position to make decisions. I’m emotional. My decisions are influenced by every good or bad moment that has happened with the team before. For instance, I tend to think my favorite former players could make great managers, though that isn’t likely the case. I’m afraid of pitching prospects because of previous flame-outs. This is irrational, though, because the past has nothing to do with the present. Instead, leadership, forward thinking and smart decisions are based on confidence, intelligence, information, experience, evidence and a strong vision. They have nothing to do with groundball miracles and racing stripes. This is also why I don’t think former players are deserving of positions simply because they’re former players.

I appreciate Mookie’s point of view. But, frankly, I like that Alderson may have been valuing character. The goal was to rip down what had been. Part of the rebuild may have been to try and change the organization’s attitude, not just its structure. This doesn’t bother me, assuming it’s even true. If it was, it doesn’t mean it’s still true, by the way.

It sucks that Mookie feels unwanted. It’s never fun being on the outside of change. We’ve all probably experienced it before, whether in baseball or our own careers. It happens. In regards to office politics, promotions, salaries, etc., “The people keeping score are usually the people who feel they’re getting a raw deal,” someone smart and successful recently told me. It’s a good point. My guess is we’re not going to see any tell-all books or columns in newspapers from guys who are feeling good about their current situation. Mookie has every right to feel bad. He has every right to express his opinion. However, his personal, emotional view is just that: personal and emotional. Instead, I plan to judge this franchise based on what I see and how confident I am in where they’re heading. And, right now, I’m feeling pretty good…




220 comments
triviaace
triviaace

What a self-serving line of BS.  What did Mookie do wrong at first base?  Did he send runners at the wrong time as did Tim T. last season?  NO!  I can see his resentment and appreciate him telling it like it is.

Chris Biehl
Chris Biehl

If Shawn actually paid attention to the farm system moves Alderson has made since he got here, he wouldn't be surprised by the "right track" comment

Chris T Washington
Chris T Washington

At least Wilson put his name down on something he felt.  I don't agree with him, I don't think you bash your employer when you're drawing a check from them, but at least he put his name down.  That's more than I can say for the ex-players who probably had cushy coaching positions and/or jobs in the organization and were let go several years ago due to the team not improving.  It's speculation on my part, sure, BUT if you glance at a roster of the 86 Mets I think it'd be real obvious who is probably the complaining, no guts, anonymous sources in this story.

Gary Westhoff
Gary Westhoff

It takes time to build an organization the right way. I have no idea what your opinions are and I am not commenting on them even if I did know them. My assertion is that most fellow Mets fans find it every easy to spend the Wilpon's money; want to repeat the mistakes of the past (short-sightedness and bad free agent signings); and want to spend money now that will compromise the long term plans to build this team for the future.

Shawn Mike Rolli
Shawn Mike Rolli

Mookie right all - wilpon could give to sh$?ts about mets fans the history of team - citi has green seats wtf this is a joke already - glad Harvey flip his finger shows met owner ship can't even control there own players lol

Shawn Mike Rolli
Shawn Mike Rolli

Look at citi way it looks- what do the dodgers have to do with mets - like mookie said wilpon a out if touch with mets history

John Patrick Larkin
John Patrick Larkin

The Mookie story is sad. As a lifetime Met fan Im disgusted with the Wilpons. This just adds to it. Why dont we have an old timers day? Why does the stadium like more like the Brooklyn Dodgers than Mets? Why are ex Mets always cast away and forgotten about? Seeing Seaver in the Yankees booth or Doc/Straw in Yankee uniforms is surreal.


The Wilpons seemed content both burying and ignoring Mets history. Ive been a fan for over 45 years but I'm starting to just not care. 

qualcomm
qualcomm

I think Mooks is a little full of himself; all his did was not strike out.  To this day I'm still shocked he didn't strike out. 

Throwing words in Kid Carter's mouth when he's not here to defend himself is classless. 

Why not talk about wearing a Cards Jersey in the stands during the 1999 NLDS?



eavdr10
eavdr10

Lets face it, the common denominator in all these issues the Mets have on and off is always those Wilpons. For whatever reason they are just the type of people who don't do the right thing. Say the wrong thing, do the wrong thing.

wilpondscm
wilpondscm

also note how the first thing cerrone says is a sort of defensive apologist point. 


as expected. shil on cerrone. shil on. reyes wins a batting title, they didn;t have to sign him, but they just completely ignored him, beltran was mishandled when he needed surgery and the mets broadcast the whole thing, doc sign a wall at citi and the mets have it taken down until fans shamed them, piazza even had his relationship unnecessarily strained. and even as harvey is an immature dumb jock, they still don't know how to smoothly handle him.


clowns.

wilpondscm
wilpondscm

wait. so the mets organization mishandled a beloved player?...I'm shocked. those wilpons are such class acts,

philj
philj

Can I just point out that Kevin Burkhardt is officially leaving SNY after the year is up and that he was really fun to hear on game days

willymayshays
willymayshays

So sick of the pompous Jeffy and his meddling with the Mets.

The Wilpons are just a cancer and Mets history is rotting before our eyes.

Unbelievable how they throw their players under the bus like they do.  

No respect None.  I can't stand rooting for a team owned by those F'ers


J A Hardfoot
J A Hardfoot

Really, Matt?  The Wilpons and character are two words that should not be in the same thought process.  There may be other dirt bag owners in the league but lets not go taking the ownerships side on this thing based on character.


I have no problem with the team bringing in leadership from outside the Mets family.  I have big problems with who they are bringing in.  People want to sing SA praise for the young talent on the team but most of these guys are Minaya prospects.  Wheeler and d'arnoud haven't done anything, yet

Haig Mathosian
Haig Mathosian

If he doesnt like it, he can always leave, and do without his 6 figure salary.

LifelongMets
LifelongMets

Did they ask him to erase "these disparaging remarks", resulting in him deleting his book?

xplr
xplr

Another non-story

Doubleday
Doubleday

Matthew, you forgot Frank Viola.

trevordunn
trevordunn

they burned bridges with mookie the same way they burned bridges with all their other players...and their fans...its the Mets way

Doubleday
Doubleday

When your best historical players want nothing to do with the franchise (Wilson, Harrelson, and others), and your franchise poster child (Seaver) holds the team at arm's length, it is a reflection wholly on the ownership.  Players would bend over backwards to appease Joan Payson.  Heck, Willie Mays accepted a trade to the Mets because it was Mrs. Payson's desire.  Things were better when Nelson Doubleday was the majority owner.  Now?  Not a single former player seems interested in supporting the Wilpons.  It's time they walk away.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Always thought Mookie was a much classier individual. Look, we all know the team is dysfunctional. But it's also obvious that Sandy has no great reverence for the 80's Mets. Used to work for a guy who liked to say, "You can't win when you piss on a skunk." Just move on and go back to the important stuff . . . like finding a shortstop.

hankypanky
hankypanky

I could swear that the subject here is Mookie Wilson, not not one's expectations or frustrations. Of all the people to be dumped by the Met organization, Mooky deserved it least. How sad, and how two-faced this organization has been,

Andrew Garber
Andrew Garber

This team was 46-39 on July 7th 2012. Anyone who is excited about 12-10 in April with a major league team that is arguably worse that that one is a FOOL.

J A Hardfoot
J A Hardfoot

@qualcomm  


It's not like Mookie is making it up Carter said and did a lot of things.  I seem to remember the most recent was when Willie Randolph was struggling Carter was lobbying for his job.  The Mets offered him the Binghamton job for the following season and he bashed Binghamton.  Carter wasn't a saint.  He may be passed now but we are who we are.  Carter was a hell of ball player and a terrific Mets player but he was not a perfect person either.  

J A Hardfoot
J A Hardfoot

@wilpondscm  


He couldn't give Reyes a contract but he can throw 60 million away on Granderson...

qualcomm
qualcomm

@wilpondscm Beloved by who?  Besides his acrobatic leap in the 10th inning, he was another average player.

Kyungwan K. Chae
Kyungwan K. Chae

@philj  is this true? i thought one day he will take over for gary cohen. where is he headed?

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

@Haig Mathosian  Like Matt mentioned, it's ridiculous he's saying the Mets hate all 1986 players. Two of them are in the broadcast booth, one manages their AAA affiliate, another is on the big league coaching staff. If you think anyone stays at their position for life, you're ridiculous. He acts like the Mets owe him something. If anything, he owes the Mets and the players that came before him for providing the opportunity to play in the Major Leagues and to play baseball for a living. Not trying to say Mookie is a bad guy, but I think his perception of things may be a little off.

billennium
billennium

@Haig Mathosian  He said his salary went from 100k to 60k after the reassignment to ambassador. 60k is significantly less that 6 figures.

zoddie
zoddie

@doubleday Frankie V didn't get traded to the Mets until the summer of 1989.

qualcomm
qualcomm

@doubledayI get your overall sentiment, but Wilson was average at best and Harrelson was a decent glove who was in the right place at the right time.

Koosman is a real man... that's the sort of guy who needs to be back here.

PanchoVilla
PanchoVilla

@doubleday  If Doubleday were here the Mets would be contending.  These owner's ruined the franchise big time.

Andrew Garber
Andrew Garber

@doubleday they aren't going anywhere because Wilpon and Katz have their third stooge right where they want him...in the commissioners office. Selig just today voiced his support for the Wilpons. Nothing will change until people stop going to games...and I mean really stop going to games.

qualcomm
qualcomm

@hankypanky How is making 60K for doing nothing being dumped on?  It sounds like they dumped cash on a guy nobody wants to hire. 

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

@Andrew Garber Excellent point. Seems like an eternity ago. It is imperative that Sandy bring-in some bats. And not the same clowns at Vegas we've watched for the past few years. Pitching IS precious. But if you don't score, you don't win.

Peter Loibl
Peter Loibl

@Andrew Garber  @Andrew Garber  I don't think anyone is buying their playoff tickets yet, but after an 0-3 start, why NOT be excited? Don't under the constant dread among our fan base: I get it, our owners are complete (insert derogatory word here) but let's enjoy success, regardless of how long it lasts. Edit (in 5 minutes)

Al Inga
Al Inga

ill take 60 gs for going out to eat with people and golf etc

Andrew Garber
Andrew Garber

@Peter Loibl @Andrew GarberI hear you. And I'm trying. But this style of play is dangerously similar to the last few years (no hitting, great pitching, the occasional big hit) and we all know it's not sustainable. But I'll try to enjoy the ride despite hating this GM more than most figures in professional sports.

Peter Loibl
Peter Loibl

@Andrew Garber @Peter Loibl  I hear you man, this team whiffs constantly, has no power, and is playing guys out of position with no money for reinforcements. As a Mets fan, I have learned to try to enjoy April and May as much as possible before the August blues hit ...