Triple-A manager Wally Backman is an asset who can help the Mets ascend toward respectability, writes Bob Klapisch (Bergen Record, Sept. 4).
“Of course, this would require Sandy Alderson shedding his prejudice against the very trait that makes Backman unique: He’s an independent thinker with a strong personality, as old-school as it gets,” Klapisch adds.
Meanwhile, NBCSports.com baseball reporter Craig Calcaterra says writers like Klapisch are not interested in the same things as most General Managers (Twitter, Sept. 4).
“That Backman is being blackballed and is entitled to manage in the big leagues is one of the weirder things sportswriters believe,” Calcaterra said. “Arguing Backman’s ‘independent thinking’ and strong personality is a plus for him is to totally misunderstand what GMs want in managers. Sportswriters want that. GMs want company men who will not be controversial and who will go along with Baseball Operations’ plans. Maybe that’s a bad idea. Maybe the old model was better. But let’s not pretend Alderson is some weird, prejudiced monster here.”
According to multiple reports in early August, Terry Collins will very likely return to manage the Mets in 2015, assuming they don’t totally fall apart before the end of the season (MetsBlog, Aug. 13).
The Mets first signed Collins to a two-year deal in late 2010, his option was picked up for 2013, after which he signed a two-year extension, which includes a team option for 2016.