Mets legend Mookie Wilson is eager to share championship wisdom

PORT ST. LUCIE — As the Mets embark on another spring practice session in hopes it will be the start of a championship season, they’ve brought back a member of their last World Series-winning team.

Mookie Wilson joined Mike Piazza this week as a guest coach, working alongside the outfield players during practice and sharing his wealth of knowledge.

“I’m just trying to keep myself from pulling a hammy out here,” Wilson said with a laugh at Clover Park. “But when you’re just on a ball field, you get excited. You start having flashbacks. … I’m so glad to be back on the field and sharing all the information I have, all the insights – admittedly that’s not a lot – but I’m willing to share what I have.

Wilson said he’s still getting to know a lot of players — partly because of new additions to the roster and also because the pandemic has kept him from recent camps — but for those fond of reflecting on his time with the Mets, he’s more than ready to help.

Mets legend Mookie Wilson looks on prior to a spring training game against the Houston Astros Tuesday, March 22, 2022, in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Mets legend Mookie Wilson
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“I applaud it,” said Wilson, who played for the Mets from 1980-1989. “I told a couple of the guys I spoke to that it’s a different animal that’s set in New York. It’s a completely different animal. It’s often not just about your performance. Once the players understand that, I think they’ll adjust to New York much more easily.”

In addition to Wilson and Piazza, former Mets Al Leiter and David Wright are also slated to serve as guest teachers ahead of camp breaks.

“I think it’s important to us,” manager Buck Showalter said. “There are many guys to choose from. You’ll see other guys as we move on. Some of them were COVID and some of them said no and some of them weren’t comfortable with the vaccinations. We were lucky to get a great group. When comes and David comes. He’ll be with us for the last part of spring so I’m looking forward to seeing him.

“Mookie is after him. He’s done that before. It doesn’t surprise anyone. He always makes the room stand out when he enters it.”

As for his perspective on this year’s Mets, Wilson was grateful for the speed they added in Starling Marte, who led the majors with 47 stolen bases last year.

“For lack of a better term, the only flaw we’ve had in recent years has been that we’ve been one-dimensional,” Wilson said. “Speed ​​is a big advantage. It covers up a lot of mistakes, but it can also give you another element. We don’t have to have four goals to get a run.” Mets legend Mookie Wilson is eager to share championship wisdom


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