Backman: I have a lot of respect for Terry Collins

Today on ESPN Radio in New York, Wally Backman was asked about his relationship with Terry Collins, to which he said:

“I’ve known Terry since 1990, and I have a lot of respect for Terry and what he’s going through right now. That is our job, that is what I was saying before, when we get a player sent to us that is coming out of the major leagues, our job is to get him right, so he can go back. If we don’t look at it that was a coaching staff, as a whole, and we’re not working together, we’re working in the wrong direction.”

In an interview with WFAN earlier this week, Backman said, “We’ll get him right,” regarding Ike Davis, on four different occasions, heavily touting his coaching staff’s ability to turn Ike’s season around. He made similar comments to local newspapers, as well.

These comments rubbed some in the organization the wrong way, according to Newsday’s David Lennon, who quoted an anonymous team source as saying Backman has zero chance of taking over for Collins.

“That’s somebody’s opinion, and that’s fine,” Backman told ESPN Radio, in response to Lennon’s report. “People can say what they want to say, I know what I’m capable of doing and right now I have to make these guys better in Las Vegas, get them to Terry so they can help the big-league club.”


To see local media reaction to Backman’s statements about fixing Davis from earlier this week, check out this episode of Recapr from SNY.TV.


In less than two minutes, recapr covers the media’s reaction to New York’s sports stories, pulling together multiple angles and viewpoints – from Twitter to text to talk radio – giving you the whole story in one place.