Backman not likely to get hired outside of the Mets

Wally Backman is not likely to get a job managing a big-league team unless it’s the Mets, several baseball people told columnist Bill Madden (Daily News, Aug. 31).

Backman was recently named the 2014 Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year, the league office announced Friday.

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In 2004, the D-Backs named Backman as its next manager, they had a press conference to introduce him and then fired him a few days later after learning of a drunk driving charge and domestic violence arrest from earlier in his life.

It wasn’t until 2010 that he returned to MLB, as a minor-league manager for the Mets.

The off-the-field issues that once plagued him seem to be a thing of the past, people in the Mets organization told Madden.

Nevertheless, according to Madden, the buzz in baseball indicates Sandy Alderson is unlikely to ever hire Backman as manager, and he may be skeptical of adding Backman to the big-league coaching staff as well.

“The speculation being that Backman is a bit too much of an I’ll-do-it-my-way personality,” explains Madden.


Matthew Cerrone: This will only further embolden Mets fans and media who feel Backman’s time has come and that he should replace Collins as soon as next season. I don’t think it matters, though. The way I understand it from team insiders, it’s very unlikely that Wally is ever managing the Mets under Alderson. I do think it could work under Paul DePodesta, John Ricco or JP Ricciardi, but not Sandy. In terms of what I think… >> Read more

SNY’s The Good Doctor, about Doc Gooden, will re-air this Wed.

This past weekend, SNY debuted The Good Doctor, in honor of the 30th anniversary of Dwight Gooden’s debut with the Mets.

miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: In case you missed it, the dates of the re-runs are listed below, and I highly suggest checking it out. It’s really awesome, and the folks at SNY who produced this should be really proud of their work. It’s easy to forget how awesome Doc was on the field, since it’s so easy to get distracted and bogged down in talk of what happened to him off the field. This documentary, which is admittedly told through his point of view, features tons of footage and discussion by Gooden and his teammates about the good in Doc’s life.

In this clip, Doc explores his childhood from the Tampa Bay Little League fields he once played on, while talking emotionally about his father…

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Bobby Parnell will stay in PSL, aiming to throw off mound in Dec.

Bobby Parnell played catch Saturday with his teammates in Miami for the first time since having Tommy John in April.

Parnell told reporters he will spend the off-season rehabbing in Port St. Lucie. He plans to pitch off a mound around Christmas.

“I had my time off,” Parnell said (Rubin, Sept. 2).

miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: Think about it: Jenrry Mejia, Vic Black, Jeurys Familia, Josh Edgin... and Parnell. I know he’s not likely to be ready to pitch in a game until later in the year, but the bullpen is shaping up to be a huge strength for this team, following several seasons when it was an obvious weakness. It’s also worth noting the organization has a variety of other young pitchers, and an already crowded rotation, so I assume other pitchers will pass through the bullpen as well…

It’s been a good and bad start for Dilson Herrera

In four games since his promotion from Double-A last Friday, 20-year-old 2B prospect Dilson Herrera has four hits for the Mets, including a home run and triple on Monday…


He has struck out three times and walked twice in his 15 plate appearances.

However, in 35 innings in the field, he’s already been charged with two fielding and one throwing error, with costly mistakes on both Friday and Sunday.

“I’m not perfect, but I’m also going to continue to work on it and get better,” Herrera later said about his fielding.

“He’s going to be fine,” Terry Collins said. “He’s a good-looking little player. He’s got to get used to the speed of the fields here. … I think when he does, we’ll see some different results.”

miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: He needs to work on his fielding, but that is not news. This has been the report on him since the day he was acquired. The good news is that, at every level, he’s eventually made the adjustment. I trust this will eventually be the case with the Mets. To put it in perspective, he was 16 playing on a training field in Colombia just three and a half years ago. He’ll be fine…

I really like his swing. He’s going to hit a lot of line drives, even on pitches down in the strike zone. He doesn’t slap at the ball, but makes solid contact. It’s a short, quick swing, but he gets a lot of power from his wrists. He’s young, so he’s easily fooled right now, but it looks like he has good-enough instincts, and he has a track record of working hard, so I expect he’ll adjust sooner than later to how he’s being pitched. The Pirates were right, he’s a player, there’s no question about it.

Read More > What you need to know about Dilson Herrera

What’s on Tap for Tuesday, Sept. 2…

The Mets (64-74) continue their three-game series against the Marlins (67-69) on Tuesday in Miami at 7:10 p.m. ET.

Jon Niese (7-10, 3.48 ERA) will get the start for the Mets, opposed by Brad Penny (1-0, 5.40 ERA) for the Marlins.


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Weekend Review…

The Mets committed six errors during an ugly 9-6 loss to the Marlins on Monday >> Read more at MetsBlog, ESPN, Newsday, New York Post and Daily News

The August 31 deadline passed without Bartolo Colon getting traded >> Read more at MetsBlog

Daniel Murphy, who was placed on the disabled list before Friday’s game, may miss most of the rest of this season >> Read more at MetsBlog

Josh Edgin and Daisuke Matsuzaka will be examined by team doctors this week and are likely to miss more time this season.

The Mets called up IF Josh Satin, RHP Erik Goeddel, C Juan Centeno, and LHP Dario Alvarez as rosters expanded Sept. 1.

Rafael Montero, currently with Triple-A Las Vegas, will likely get a late-season spot-start for the Mets.


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Monday’s meltdown was ‘ugly,’ ‘not a big league game.’

Terry Collins didn’t mince words Monday after the Mets committed six errors, including three in a brutal eighth inning, as the Marlins rallied for a 9-6 victory.

“Well, I’m not sure I can say it publicly,” Collins said, when asked what he was thinking when watching the game. “It was not a big-league baseball game. … It was ugly.”

The six errors were one short of the franchise record.

The Mets have made 32 errors since the All-Star break, which is the third most in baseball.

2B Dilson Herrera was charged with two errors, while Jeurys Familia, who took the loss, made two throwing errors leading to three runs in the eighth.

“I think I’m trying to be too quick,” said Familia. “Before I get the ball, I’m thinking, ‘I’ve got to throw perfectly.’”

miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: It was a meltdown, plain and simple. Why? The dark side of going with a young team, some guys new to the league, others new to positions…

For instance, I want Eric Campbell in left field. The Mets need to see what he’s capable of. Well, we now know he needs to work on his diving catches, because he overshot a leap Monday that ricocheted off the heel of his glove and kicked off a disastrous eighth inning.

Familia then bounced a throw to Hererra at first, which the kid is almost certainly capable of picking up, but he didn’t. Again, he’s a kid, the big-league game moves fast and he’s still adjusting. Familia then bounced a pitch that got by Travis d’Arnaud, which lead to a run, which was followed by another bunt and another bad throw in the dirt from Familia. Frankly, these throws from Familia are a big concern, because he’s been doing it all season. It’s getting worse of late. It’s not there yet, but he’s getting close to Steve Sax, Mackey Sasser, yips territory, and the sooner the Mets handle this with him the better – especially since teams are going to soon start bunting on him just to make him throw.

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Conforto promoted to Savannah

First-round pick OF Michael Conforto has been promoted to Single-A Savannah from Brooklyn.

The Sand Gnats are heading to the playoffs, while Brooklyn did not make the postseason.

SS Amed Rosario and 3B Jhoan Urena were also promoted to Savannah from the Cyclones.

This season with Brooklyn, Conforto hit .340 with a .412 OBP, three home runs, 10 doubles and 19 RBI over 41 games.

Monday’s minor league recaps…

In his final outing of the regular season, Noah Syndergaard threw two scoreless innings in Triple-A, allowing one hit, with one walk and one strikeout.

L.J. Mazzilli made his 51s debut, going 1-for-5.

Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors…