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.


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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




239 comments
Macacawitz
Macacawitz

That depends.  Some states have excellent prison work release programs.  

steve333
steve333

FIRE ALDERSON.

Now that Kevin Towers is available, hire him and bring up Wally

Christian Pezzuti
Christian Pezzuti

Wally screwed up with Arizona. Now everyone is afraid to even talk to him. He did it to himself.

Boozer32
Boozer32

So another year of Collins ball. I figure in the 4 years he's been here he has lost the Mets at least 50 games with his managerial I.Q (or lack of one).

William John Dwyer
William John Dwyer

Come on now...no Manager...none...are worth 24 games to their team. (Mets are currently 14 GB). I'd like to see Wally manage...but let's not be crazy here. This team just isn't good right now.

jonathanl
jonathanl

How about some big-league talent before we even worry about the manager

isledogs19
isledogs19

Fire the pompous Alderson. He acts so smug whenever he is interviewed. Cannot listen to him anymore. 



Marc Singleton
Marc Singleton

It's not going to happen, but clearly the best thing that could happen to the Mets would be Alderson resigning. Then Terry would be fired , because that's a no brained, and boom, better GM, better manager!

Metsfan62
Metsfan62

So sick of Alderson thinks he's so smart  .God forbid he gets a manager that's smarter then him ,  Big baby is what Sandy is !

63hitandcatch
63hitandcatch

we need a manager who will do it my way  The incumbent is a yes man loser

Carl Rock
Carl Rock

The same could be said of Terry Collins!

Michael Marinelli
Michael Marinelli

Then maybe the problem is Alderson. I would rather a manager who has a clue and isn't a puppet. It's not like Sandy's way has produced results or even a glimpse of hope.

Bill Vanwormer
Bill Vanwormer

What? Wally almost signed with Nats while Davey was there and prob would be there mgr now

why I care about this: The New York Mets have been disingenuous and disrespectful to their fans for the past 6 years. We have been told that a great team is just around the corner for those years. We have been offered a diminished product with higher fan costs. I do not know Leigh Castergine but I believe that the firing of the VP for ticket sales due to poor attendance for this piss poor team is the final straw because it indicates that the needed actions are being disregarded. I would like every teed off Mets fan and everyone who believes in fair play to sign my petition. My somewhat delusional goal is to achieve 26,000 signatures. That is the stated average paid attendance to Mets games, We know that is not how many come


http://www.change.org/p/new-york-mets-rehire-leigh-castergine

Luis A Ruiz
Luis A Ruiz

Dump Alderson NOW.  We want a winner

cyjabeli
cyjabeli

Yeah, Wally's way too up front......

Daniel Gaffney
Daniel Gaffney

Get rid of Alderson, Collins and JEff, the master jerk. Hire Wally!!!!!!

Doubleday
Doubleday

Your 2015 starting infield, left to right:  Flores, Hererra, Mazzilli, Wright.

You heard it here, first.

Doubleday
Doubleday

What I don't understand about Wally's character is ... whatever the dark secret is that keeps him from getting a gig in the big league, it's still OK for him to develop our younger players at the minor leagues' highest level?

rustysribs
rustysribs

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

Yeah, Sandy has too big of an ego to allow for any of that. Only "yes" men need apply.

graves9
graves9

@CRAZEDMETS The hell does Sandy have to do with other teams having zero interest n Wally?

saxon
saxon

Kris Bryant alone would take Noah and Neise and Pawecki [?]

Brandon Hillman
Brandon Hillman

Wanted to throw this out there. I know wright is having a bad year but was curious about his trade value. If healthy he is a routine all star. Was thinking of a trade with cubs. Addison Russell and kris Bryant for niese and wright. Thoughts?

qball
qball

Mets in their infinite wisdom fired the SVP of ticket sales and services. It was due to sagging attendance. What the .... does he have to do with the on the field product which sux. If the Wilpons want more people in the seats, there is only 1 way to do it. Put a product out there that people want to see. The best way to accomplish this is for the Wilpons to give themselves the boot.

Nice! Now get Yasmani Tomas

Pat Brady
Pat Brady

exactly! The guy made a mistake so he should never work again! Makes sense to me as someone who has NEVER made a mistake. I'm glad to finally find someone who agrees! :-|

Pat Brady
Pat Brady

@jonathanl - well they have pitching talent. THey have a good pen now and power at 1B. They're ok at C and solid in CF. They have a good player at 2B and Wright by all expectations should be a solid player (although overpriced) at 3B. That should be enough to win some games shouldn't it? 

Boozer32
Boozer32

@jonathanl That will never happen. Get ready for another offseason of rag armed pitchers and .180 batting average hitters. Of course all really, really cheap. The Wilpon's Ponzi Scheme continues.

Pat Brady
Pat Brady

@Michael Marinelli - I think Alderson is a smart guy but I completely disagree with him as far as his feelings on the manager. 

qball
qball

@Luis A Ruiz  Alderson is only problem number 2. Problem number 1 is the Wilpons. They need to go.

anthony G. Decesare
anthony G. Decesare

Ey, Lageres and Grandy LF to RF

Wright, Herrera, Murphy, Duda, D'Arnaud

3b-C

2015 lineup for cheap mets.

shinjoooo
shinjoooo

@Doubleday It's about public relations.  In the minors, Backman doesn't need to answer nearly as much as he would at the major league level.  The worst thing for a GM and ownership would be to have their manager go rogue and defy what their "plan" is.  Not saying I agree with that mentality but I'm pretty sure that is the reason why he is not managing the Mets right now.

rustysribs
rustysribs

@Doubleday It does seem to defy logic. Especially after winning back to back manager of the year awards.

Boozer32
Boozer32

@saxon Who the heck is Kris Bryant and why do we need him?

Brandon Hillman
Brandon Hillman

Not saying this would ever be a feasible talking point for trade but if u were to make a trade to get bryant wright would have to be moved also I still believe he has the highest trade value out of all the position players on the mets. Do you really think his trade value has sunk that low after one bad season? Just curious not arguing?

saxon
saxon

@Brandon Hillman 

A player like Kris Bryant comes along once every 5 years...Really special kid... I'd give them deGrom and Mazzoni and Plawecki

Cubs won't give their top 2 prospects for an injury prone pitcher & an aging 3rd baseman plus take on a combined 100 mil in contracts

grillruben
grillruben

hahahahahahaahha good luck with that. That would require them to spend money. Maybe they'll invest in his 4 year old nephew and pitch us that he'll be great in 2032!

Doubleday
Doubleday

@qball @Doubleday I'll have to say, "No."    The Wilpon's don't have any cash  for all the FA's everyone wants, and Sandy won't trade a young pitcher.  But I foresee DW having shoulder surgery, and moving to 1B.  Scariest thing about that is the prospect of Lucas in LF.

Pat Brady
Pat Brady

@shinjoooo @Doubleday - And the BEST way to handle the NY media is to ignore them. John Idzik is doing  a great job of it if you ask me. Let them write all the nonsense they want, just ignore them. 


Alderson should hire Wally and ask him to do his best to think before he talks to the media. Spend as little time as possible talking and as much time as possible preparing 

Brandon Hillman
Brandon Hillman

I only say the reason why I would trade wright if he is still an all star is I think the cubs are closer to going to the playoffs in the future then the mets. They cubs are set around the in field and have alberto amaro and solar in the outfield. The just need pitching. The mets need to really over haul and I would rather give up wright and some pitching to get russell and bryant. Even after that mets have holes in outfield. The rebuild would go a lot quicker if they trade wright.