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WALLY BACKMAN RUMORS

Backman Paying His Dues; Should Get Another Chance

It is clear Wally Backman wants to manage in the major leagues. His decision this week to accept an offer to manage in the Dominican Republic indicates the Mets, and other teams, should take that pursuit seriously. BACKMAN: Paying his dues. Backman was hired to replace the fired Jose Offerman for Licey in the winter leagues, when he could have taken the rest of the offseason off...
Via New York Mets Report
November 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Will Backman Get A Chance – Anywhere?

One thing the Mets’ coaching decisions this week means is Wally Backman will likely stay at Triple-A, which is fine. Bench coach Bob Geren didn’t do anything to warrant being replaced by Backman, or anybody else for that matter. Backman, the 2014 Pacific Coast League Manger of the Year, is not being considered for the Mets’ vacant hitting coach position, but was offered the...
Via New York Mets Report
October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Wally Backman Will Not Join The Mets In 2015

Wally Backman will not join the Mets in 2015. Instead he will return to AAA Las Vegas, where he just won a championship and Manager of the Year in the Pacific Coast League, according to ESPN’s Adam Rubin. Instead, Sandy Alderson, who spoke briefly about the topic on Sunday, will likely make some minor changes to the coaching staff including reassigning Lamar Johnson and Luis Natera...
Via Mets Merized Online
September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Wally Backman Weighs In On Mets Prospects

Wally Backman is now with the Mets and he had so much to say on Friday about a number of our top prospects which he broke down for Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. Noah Syndergaard “I’ll say what you’ve probably heard a million times: He’s still very, very young. He just turned 22 the last week of the season. Stuff-wise he’s probably second to nobody, but he has a lot to learn...
Via Mets Merized Online
September 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Will Wally Backman’s Addition Serve as a Distraction?

ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports Las Vegas 51’s manager Wally Backman may be a permanent addition to the New York Mets coaching staff. The 55-year-old took reign of the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2010 and has risen through the team’s farm system, ultimately leading the 51’s to the playoffs in 2014. He remains a fan favorite as the rose-colored glasses of nostalgia bear the fruits...
Via Around Citi
September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Are Too Comfortable With Losing, Backman Would Change That

Bob Klapisch of The Record says he couldn’t help but wonder how Sandy Alderson really felt about Wally Backman winning the Pacific Coast League’s Manager of the Year award, considering the GM has shown no intention of giving Backman a chance in New York. It’s time to reconsider this de facto blackball, and see Backman as an asset who can help the Mets ascend toward respectability...
Via Mets Merized Online
September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Backman Has No Shot At Managing Mets Despite Being Named League’s Best Manager

John Harper of the Daily News wrote an extensive article on what the future may hold for Wally Backman now that he has been named the PCL Manager of the Year. He says that if nothing else, the award is just more proof that Backman is a very good minor-league manager who deserves a chance at a big-league job. Terry Collins is almost a lock to be back in 2015 and everything Harper...
Via Mets Merized Online
August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Wally Backman Will Be Back With Mets

In yesterday’s NY Daily News, Andy Martino writes that the Mets offered Wally Backman a chance to return next year as the Las Vegas Manager and based on sources, he accepted. With the Mets offering Terry Collins a contract extension, it became apparent that Backman would not be offered the job. At first it was not sure that he would return to the organization, but there was speculation...
Via MetsMinor.net
December 03, 2013  |  Discuss
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