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Mookie's back

The Mets' efforts to build a bridge back to their glory days continued today when they announced that Mookie Wilson will return as a minor-league outfield/base-running coordinator. Here's the official release from the team:

The New York Mets today announced that Mookie Wilson has returned to the organization as the team’s minor league outfield and base running coordinator.  Wilson, a former Mets player, coach and minor league manager, was last with the club in 2005 as the manager of the Brooklyn Cyclones (A) of the New York-Penn League.


“It’s good to be back,” said Wilson, 53, who makes his home in Eastover, SC.  “This is where I started and I’m anxious to do whatever I can for the young kids in our system.”

The club also announced that Bob Melvin, a former major league catcher and manger, will join the organization as a professional scout, Guy Conti has been named a Senior Advisor in the Minor League Department, and Frank Fultz has been named the Rehabilitation Pitching Coordinator.  Melvin caught 10 years in the majors with the Tigers, Giants, Orioles, Royals, Red Sox, Yankees, and White Sox.  He managed the Seattle Mariners from 2003-2004 and the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2005 to May 8, 2009.  Last year, Conti, a former Mets bullpen coach, was the team’s Rehabilitation Pitching Coordinator, while Fultz was the pitching coach for the Gulf Coast (R) Mets.  Fultz was the Atlanta Braves strength and conditioning coach from 1992-2008.


Wilson was an outfielder with the Mets from 1980-1989.  He ranks second on the team’s all-time list in stolen bases (281) and triples (62), fourth in hits (1,112), runs (592) and at-bats (4,027) and sixth in games played (1,116).


Wilson is best remembered for perhaps the most memorable at-bat in franchise history, dodging a two-ball, two-strike wild pitch from Boston pitcher Bob Stanley in the 10th inning of Game Six of the 1986 World Series that enabled Kevin Mitchell to score the tying run.  Then he hit a ground ball that trickled under first baseman Bill Buckner’s glove, allowing Ray Knight to come home with the winning run and force a Game Seven that the Mets would win to capture their second World Championship.


Wilson was New York’s first base coach from 1997-2002, and also managed the Kingsport Mets (R) of the Appalachian League in 2003 and 2004.


In November, the Mets announced the hiring of Terry Collins as the team’s Minor League Field Coordinator.   The following coordinators will be returning for the 2010 season: Kevin Morgan (Instruction and Infield); Rick Waits (Pitching); Lamar Johnson (Hitting); Bob Natal (Catching); Mark Rogow (Medical); Dave Pearson (Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy); Jason Craig (Strength and Conditioning); Al Jackson (Pitching Consultant); Bobby Floyd (Special Instructor); Tom McCraw (Hitting); Rafael Landestoy (International);  Pablo Cruz (International Hitting); and Ozzie Virgil (International Catching). 


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