Mookie Wilson stays with Mets in dual roles


NEW YORK (AP) -- Mookie Wilson is staying with the New York Mets as an instructor and a team ambassador at sponsor and charity gatherings.

After firing him last fall for the second time, the Mets said Tuesday that Wilson will work for the organization as it celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

He will work in spring training with both major and minor leaguers, and he will visit farm teams during the season.

A member of the team's 1986 World Series champions, he was first base coach from 1997-02. He was rehired as first base coach last year, with additional duties to oversee the outfielders and baserunning, and let go after the season.