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.
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…