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Mookie Wilson Moves From Coaching to Front-Office Role for Mets

Feb. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Former New York Mets outfielder Mookie Wilson will move to the front office of the Major League Baseball team after not being retained as first-base coach.

Wilson, 56, whose grounder went through the legs of Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner to score the winning run in the sixth game of the 1986 World Series, will handle baseball and business duties for the club.

“I’m glad to be back,” said Wilson, who played for the Mets in 1980-89 before spending his final three seasons with Toronto. “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.”

Wilson was told shortly after the end of last season that he wouldn’t return as first-base coach. He was replaced by Tom Goodwin.

Wilson will work with major and minor league players during spring training, as well as the minor league affiliates during the season, the team said yesterday in a release.

“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,” said Wilson, who was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame in 1996.

Boston needed one out to win the 1986 World Series in Game Six when the Mets rallied in the bottom of the 10th inning. Wilson’s grounder went through Buckner’s legs and allowed Ray Knight to score the game-winning run. The Mets went on to win the championship in Game Seven.

In 1,403 games from 1980-1991, Wilson had a .274 batting average with 1,397 hits, 438 runs batted in and 67 home runs.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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