By Mike Puma
Mookie Wilson isn’t feeling loved by the Mets.
The 1986 World Series hero, who still serves as a club ambassador, writes in his soon-to-be released autobiography that he has been stripped of responsibilities for the Mets and is owed an explanation for his firing from the coaching staff following the 2011 season.
“It’s sad to admit this, but I have basically become a hood ornament for the Mets,” Wilson writes in “Mookie: Life, Baseball and the ’86 Mets” (Penguin Group USA). “I have no decision-making role at all in my job description. I would have liked an explanation as to why I was moved from first base coach to the ambassadorship, but none was ever given.
“I feel that I deserve to hear just some words to justify the actions of an organization that I have honored and promoted every day of my nearly thirty-year existence in it.”
Wilson was dumped as part of a coaching shake-up after manager Terry Collins’ first season, in which bench coach Ken Oberkfell and bullpen coach Jon Debus were also replaced. Third-base coach Chip Hale left the staff to become Oakland’s bench coach.
“I understand that jobs come and go in the baseball business, but sometimes management loses sight of how these moves play with people’s lives,” Wilson writes. “When you have no stability and don’t know what you’re doing from one year to the next, it’s very difficult to do anything. One year you’re making $100,000, the next year just $40,000. Where’s the reasoning? How can people live under those circumstances?
“For as difficult as it is, I don’t think it really bothers team management, and that troubles me. I don’t care about not having a job. If they fire me because they have a better replacement, that’s fine. But when no information is given as to why a move is made, it’s much worse than getting an explanation I might disagree with. They just dictated my career as a player and a coach and it wasn’t right.”
The Mets were aware Wilson’s book is forthcoming and issued a statement after The Post told a team spokesman about some of the excerpts.
“We are pleased that Mookie accepted our offer to rejoin the organization in 2012 and continue with us in spring training and during the season as a roving instructor and Club Ambassador,” the statement said.
Wilson’s unhappiness with the organization didn’t prevent him from appearing at spring training this year, and he continues to accept a paycheck from the club — a decision that perplexes some of his longtime friends.
Wilson writes that Collins — who picked him for the coaching staff before the 2011 season — told him his firing wasn’t the manager’s decision. The move came one year into general manager Sandy Alderson’s regime.
“It was a strange season coaching under that new regime,” Wilson writes. “I felt like I was watching the deterioration of the Mets organization. They seemed to have no identity.
“My concern was that the character of the players they were looking for superseded the talent they brought to the table. Character on a team is important, but you’ve got to have the horses to win.”
When reached by The Post on Thursday, Wilson said he wasn’t concerned about making such comments in his book while still employed by the Mets.
“I figured it wasn’t that flattering, but I don’t think the language was that strong,” Wilson told The Post. “I didn’t want to do something and write something that is not truthful. I’m trying to be honest with myself and my situation.”
Wilson said he still plans to be at Citi Field next month in an upcoming scheduled appearance as a Mets ambassador. In that role, he greets fans and signs autographs.
In the book, Wilson also chronicles his playing career for the Mets in the 1980s. It was Wilson’s grounder through Bill Buckner’s legs in the 10th inning of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series that completed an improbable comeback victory against the Red Sox. The Mets won Game 7, for the most recent World Series championship in franchise history.
According to Wilson, members of that team can forget about having positions of authority within the current organization.
“The Mets have shied away from that iconic club because they don’t want the current one exposed to that hard-partying culture which, while well-documented, has also been somewhat exaggerated at times,” Wilson writes.
“The guys from that championship team are older and more mature now and can warn the current Mets about some of the pitfalls of fame.”
Wilson also reveals that Gary Carter, who died of brain cancer in February 2012, never wanted Keith Hernandez to be named team captain. Hernandez wrote the forward for Wilson’s book.
“Gary Carter let it be known he felt that Keith was unfit to play the role of captain,” Wilson writes. “Perhaps to appease Carter, the Mets made him co-captain of the team [in 1988].”
Wilson also blames team brass in the 1980s for mishandling Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry, both of whom never reached their full potential in part because of drug and alcohol addictions.
“They were both young and had tremendous talent,” Wilson writes. “The team did not protect them as well as they probably could have.”