Cincinnati.com reporter John Erardi feels the Reds should interview Wally Backman to be a Lou Pinella-type manager as they look to replace Dusty Baker, who was fired last week.
“If I were the Reds, I would strongly covet a guy who cares so much about winning a championship that he can taste it,” Erardi says. “Even if Backman isn’t envisioned to be a young Sweet Lou by the Reds’ brass, I’m willing to bet he would have some very interesting things to say about what he would do to light a fire underneath the players.”
Sandy Alderson has said he expects to again offer Backman a position within the organization. However, according to the Daily News, he is unlikely to be on the big-league coaching staff since Terry Collins was re-signed, along with his entire staff.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
He’s going to almost-certainly be offered the job in Triple-A Las Vegas again, because the front office really values the work he does getting players ready for the 25-man roster. He has a good relationship with Collins and takes pride in his position. But, people close to him repeatedly stress Backman’s desire to get back to the big leagues.
This Cincinnati article is just one guy’s opinion. It’s not news that the Reds have interest in Wally. And, that’s the thing, despite interviewing well after 2010, making a positive mark on Alderson, and being praised for his work in Triple-A, Backman hasn’t been interviewed by an organization that isn’t the Mets. There were rumors that the Nationals had interest two years ago, but he ended up back in blue and orange.
It’s just a hunch, but I don’t think Backman will ever be manager of the Mets as long as Sandy Alderson is GM. That said, I know Wally has the support of other people in the front office and in ownership, so I don’t think his fate in New York has been written just yet. The question is, will another opportunity present itself before he bolts, or will he stick around for a better ending in Queens?
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