MetsBlog Q&ACast, pres. by Verizon: Wally Backman talks Syndergaard, Puello

Triple-A manager Wally Backman feels Noah Syndergaard needs to be more consistent before being promoted to the big leagues, he told SNY.TV’s Rob Brender earlier this week in Las Vegas.

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“He’s had some ups and downs, but just hasn’t shown the consistency that we need to see before he goes to the major leagues,” Backman told Brender.

However, he added, “You’ve got to remember, this kid just turned 21-years-old, so there’s plenty of time to develop and let him become the guy that he’s going to become. Stuff wise, this guy is a number one or number two on a championship team.”


In this edition of the MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Verizon, Brender sits down Backman to discuss Syndergaard and Cesar Puello, the rise of Matt Reynolds and Kevin Plawecki, and his memories of the late Frank Cashen.


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104 comments
Steve Finelli
Steve Finelli

Another brilliant move by the Ivy League Mafia.  Take this kid and bring him up to Vegas in a notorious hitters league where the dry/thin air will flatten out his fastball and confidence.  Now u have a 21 yr old prospect who's confidence is so shaken he felt thew need to reach out to Mets fans hoping they haven't lost confidence in him because he's lost it in himself!  He could have easily pitched in Binghamton this year and made the jump from there.  There are actually more real organizational prospects in AA than at AAA anyway.

bigslick
bigslick

If Fred or Jeff really care about the Mets, they will promote Wally today! Enough already - fire Terry! And Hire Wally!

eric88
eric88

After DW and Murphy Flores is the best bat available. It is amazing to me that these two old men with girls names won't give this kid a sustained opportunity.I can only imagine the numbers this kid would have if he played everyday.

Ricky Tan
Ricky Tan

It's ironic but I think the Wilpons are the best bet we have of Wally coming up here. They made Sandy fire his own guy when it came to the hitting coach, and I don't doubt that they'll do something to sell tickets if this team is in the toilet in August. 

Joe DeRosa
Joe DeRosa

Flores another hr.......3 run. But Mets do not need him. Sandy feels pretty good with his team right now.

archer41
archer41

Well, at least they didn't lose tonight.  

whizz17
whizz17

Let Ron Gardenhire come be the coach.

metfaninva
metfaninva

Bring Wally up; offer Roger McDowell bench coach job (and steal him from Atlanta)--would be a plus for us and a minus for the Braves.

jsecurity
jsecurity

Doesn't matter if it is WB or anyone else besides TC. As long as he can write a line-up card that doesn't include CY everyday, has strategic in- game managerial decisions, stresses fundamentals, gets his team ready to play everyday, knows when to change pitchers, would have done something earlier with the bullpen and knows how to manage young players.

Is there any doubt that, even with this level of talent, this team wouldn't have won 10 more games then they have so far with someone else?

nhmetsfan
nhmetsfan

As many others have wrote, Backman was a hustler, played good D , was a champion, and is assertive.  He has plenty of experience in the minors. The Mets need a fire under their butts and obviously need a change. I imagine that Backman will stress the fundamentals . This team needs to play strong defense, run the bases well, bunt, etc..  I think Backman was that kind of player. They have no power and cant manufacture runs, that's why they are a nightmare.

borsh13
borsh13

Is there a reason everyone is in love with Wally as a manager? Vegas is filled with players then can play in the bigs but just arnt good enough to stay so Vegas should be a winning team as it has more talent than most teams.... If it's cause he is going to light a fire under these players or is good at working with young players i would bring bobby v back before Wally

robby
robby

make wally the manager he knows what he's doing.  

Waegalicious
Waegalicious

@robertbrender what I don't understand is, if the young player is struggling, wouldn't it be best to have the young player start everyday?

rico
rico

Mets want to be serious they should sign LaRoche and make a run at Nick Markakis who will be a FA. 

Those two guys right there would put the Mets back into the conversation, a positive conversation. 

I think Markakis may be restricted. Does Baltimore need arms?

rico
rico

I think next season the Mets should try and sign Adam LaRoche. I know that is not monumental but everybody wants trades and upgrades and nobody names names. La Roche is a FA next year and odd man out in DC now that Washington will move Zimmerman to 1st base. La Roche is older but solid and could be a great upgrade to Lucas.  Now get a solid left -fielder (the cuban kid?) and maybe we win 20 of those games we lost by 1 run ??



nwmets
nwmets

Can't they bring him up as a bench coach or something?

hashburry
hashburry

@Joe DeRosa dArnaud hit a bushel of homers there and is once again struggling, regardless of the nonsense talk about him being hot since he came back to the Mets, so hitting homers in vegas is no indication that a player can hit.

eric88
eric88

@Joe DeRosa THEY WILL FOREVER REGRET THE MISHANDLING OF FLORES. HE WILL BE AN ALL STAR SOMEWHERE ELSE.

1harris1
1harris1

Typical Mets. Flores gets sent down because they couldn't make playing time for him; and Wright gets hurt a few days later, but not bad enough such that they can bring Flores back up.

James Solomon
James Solomon

@borsh13 Wally is already familiar with the young guys.  Wally has played in NY and understands all the attention that comes along with it.  Something that makes it difficult for young players to handle.  The young guys trust him because they have played under him and wouldnt get so freaked out playing in NY with Wally behind them

mike23
mike23

@borsh13 I have some concerns about Backman's personality and how it will relate to veteran players and the younger guys as well.... he's had some issues in his past which cost him a managerial job years back... so there are some negatives. I think he deserves a shot though and mets aren 't going anywhere with Terry so i'd give him a shot and see how it goes... Been there done that with Bobby V, id rather try someone new. 

D
D

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2014/apr/03/wally-backman-mets-las-vegas-51s/

“Wally Backman is one of the best baseball guys you can be around,” Collins said. “He knows how to win; he knows all about it. That has been his whole life.”

Wally Backman is a winner. He is a champion, he speaks like a champion, and speaks about championships. It is what he is all about and always has been. He is a leader of men. And most of all, he will make these players truly believe they can be champions someday too.

brosoul
brosoul

@borsh13 Bobby Valentine already had his chance here. I'm ready for someone new. Seems like you're not giving Wally any credit, but what is a fact is that he's had success on all levels of the minors. He deserves a chance. 

Gavin Costello
Gavin Costello

Wally has fire and energy. And he's not a complete moron like our current manager.

golflady7
golflady7

Adam Larouche was washed up two years ago!

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

@rico I like LaRoche, and he would be an upgrade over Duda.  But, he'd be another in a long line of Met FA signings of guys who are past their prime or on the decline.  It's their specialty.  If it's a 2 year, 3 year at most, then LaRoche and maybe even Morse could be a decent option (Hopefully Dominic Smith actually works out meanwhile)

Vincent Santiago
Vincent Santiago

@rico The Mets should have been going after LaRoche ever since he left Pittsburg.  They will never go after him and that is a shame because he his a good ball player and an upgrade. 


rico
rico

@nwmets to breath down TC's neck?  TC would quit first. 

Tormented Mets Fan
Tormented Mets Fan

Harris, if they were to call Flores up again someone had to have been released, at least I think

1harris1
1harris1

Kinda did since Yu Darvish was bumped by Texas to pitch tomorrow due to the bad weather. Good luck to us with that.

borsh13
borsh13

I'm sorry if it sounded like I wasn't giving him credit my argument was he should not be judged on his win loss record when he has always had superior teams... I understand and like how he acts I agree he acts like a winner and the mets need that but I can not get excited for someone unproven on this level... He brings to the table everything that bobby v does minus the experience... If Wally somehow does get this job I will be excited for it but would get more excited to see bobby back

Waegalicious
Waegalicious

@robertbrender then the Mets organization is really dumb then. How can they abandon one of their most talented positional prospects.

rico
rico

@Steven Matregrano @rico If you are going to knock both suggestions than how about making some of your own?


People come to this board everyday, first delusional that a manager change is going to make the players better, then they say "spend money"…


I challenge my fellow fans to make specific suggestions of who to get and how to get them.


Go find a list of 2015 Free Agents and tell us who you would pursue and why.


La Roche would be a major upgrade and Markakis is one of those guys who needs a new start elsewhere, could probably trade for him and then resign him



rico
rico

@golflady7 ah you might want to peruse his stats for this season before you say "he's washed up".


And as I asked, if you want to whine and knock players why don't you offer some ideas of players you'd like to see the mets actually get, guys who are available. Go look up FA's for 2015 before you dis EVERYTHING that has to do with the mets as if you know better?


if you can't make any positive suggestions you're just another unhappy troll

golflady7
golflady7

That would actually require something TC does not have! Enough said!

psi1
psi1

Having TC gone sounds good to me!

thecyclone
thecyclone

@rico @nwmets Yet ex-manager Bob Geren is his bench coach and his possible replacement Tuefel is coaching third for him. The reason is that Backman is doing a good job with getting the minor players ready to play in the bigs.

vimets
vimets

He's 35 yrs old and he'll have QA attached to him .... The Mets are not going to sign him.

rico
rico

@golflady7 Enough said from you before you turned on your computer

rico
rico

@nwmets @rico doesn't matter, TC is gone next year. It's the PLAYERS not the coaches. 

Greg Nichols
Greg Nichols

The royals will not give up Gordon. Maybe hosmer, but isn't he just a another duda?

rico
rico

@Steven Matregrano @Vincent Santiago @rico He's a FA and the Nationals love Zimmerman  and will move him to 1st base next season (Because he can't throw), that leaves La Roche without a job.  The Mets need another solid vet (check out his stats this year) and he'd be a good fit


If you don't agree, please tell me and other fans, who is available, who'd you sign how and why?


I see a lot of bitching and moaning here but no suggestions of guys available.  There are not a lot of difference makers out there. Teams are extending their talented players and discarding the refuse