02/08/10 5:04 PM ET
Mets bring beloved Mookie back to fold
Club also hires former D-backs skipper Melvin
By Anthony DiComo / MLB.com
The Mets announced Monday that Mookie Wilson has accepted a position as the organization's Minor League outfield and baserunning coordinator. Wilson was last with the club as manager of Class A Brooklyn in 2005.
"It's good to be back," Wilson said in a statement. "This is where I started, and I'm anxious to do whatever I can for the young kids in our system."
The Mets also announced agreements with Bob Melvin, Guy Conti and Bob Fultz.
Wilson, 53, is best known for hitting the ball that rolled through Bill Buckner's legs in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. Earlier in that at-bat, he avoided being hit by a wild pitch that allowed the tying run to score.
Over 12 seasons with the Mets and Blue Jays, Wilson hit .284 with 327 stolen bases.
The Mets on Monday also officially announced Melvin's appointment as a professional scout, an agreement first reported in December. Melvin, manager of the D-backs for four and a half seasons at the end of last decade, was named the NL Manager of the Year in 2007.
Conti, the Mets' bullpen coach through the 2008 season, was named the club's senior advisor in the Minor League department. Fultz, the longtime Braves strength and conditioning coach, was named the Mets' rehabilitation pitching coordinator.
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.