PITTSBURGH -- Mookie Wilson will step into a familiar role for the Mets next month, serving as one of their representatives at the First-Year Player Draft in Secaucus, N.J. Wilson first represented the Mets at the Draft two years ago, as part of an annual tradition that encourages teams to send various luminaries, Hall of Famers and front office personnel to the event.
Donovan Mitchell, the team's player relations and community outreach manager, will also represent the Mets during day one of the Draft. Wilson and Mitchell will sit at the team's draft table in Secaucus and phone in each pick, with Commissioner Bud Selig announcing all first-round selections.
The Mets, who took outfielder Brandon Nimmo with the 13th overall selection in last year's Draft, will pick 12th at this year's event.
The annual First-Year Player Draft takes place from June 4-6, beginning with the first round and Comp Round A on June 4, at 7 p.m. ET. The first night of the event will be broadcast live on MLB Network and streamed live on MLB.com. Rounds 2-40 will also be streamed live on MLB.com on June 5-6.
MLB.com's coverage, sponsored by CenturyLink, will include Draft Central, the Top 100 Draft Prospects list, Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of every Draft-eligible player, and Draft Caster. Fans can also keep up to date by following @MLBDraft on Twitter, and enter the Draft conversation by tagging tweets with #mlbdraft.
Wilson, 54, is best known for hitting the ground ball that trickled through the legs of Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. Currently an ambassador for the Mets, Wilson also famously dove out of the way of a wild pitch in that game, allowing the tying run to score in the bottom of the 10th. He has served in years past as a member of the organization's big league and Minor League coaching staffs, as well as a manager for multiple Minor League affiliates.
A second-round Draft pick in 1977, Wilson played nine and a half of his 12 big league seasons with the Mets. He held the club's all-time stolen bases record (281) until Jose Reyes passed him in 2008.