NEW YORK (WFAN) — After being passed over for Terry Collins this offseason, Wally Backman is “still absolutely confident and certain” he will land a managerial position in the majors.
But first, the Mets’ new manager of Double-A Binghamton will try to lead his minor-league youngsters on their own trek to New York.
“There’s always a bit of disappointment and it’s frustrating, but it’s not a long period,” Backman said. “Now I’m here to focus on Binghamton and try to get those guys ready for the big leagues.
“This is their chance to prove they’re ready to make the next step, and I want to help them do that.”
Backman, who managed the Brooklyn Cyclones all the way to the championship round last season, doesn’t think his new gig is any different than the Mets’ top job.
“It’s absolutely not different,” he said. “I treat all my players with respect, no matter what level. I think that’s why guys like playing for me. At this level, this is where they can prove what they can do.”
Sandy Alderson brought Backman in for a second interview this offseason, but ultimately decided Collins was the right man to replace Jerry Manuel. Backman isn’t deterred.
“I’m going to get a job in the majors,” Backman said. “My attitude is not going to change. I’m not arrogant. I’m just good at what I do.”
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