Mets fan favorite Wally Backman has been waiting patiently for his shot to manage in the major leagues. That opportunity could come in Miami.
On Wednesday, while addressing season-ticket holders at Citi Field, general manager Sandy Alderson went so far as to admit that he never really considered dealing the right-hander.
The Mets are keeping their front office intact, and manager Terry Collins is expected to return next season. Then there’s the case of fan favorite Wally Backman.
Backman, the manager of the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s, will join the big club’s coaching staff on September 19 and stay with the team through the end of the season.
The common feeling a few weeks back was that Terry Collins was pretty much a lock to return as the Mets’ skipper, barring a total collapse. As they have only gotten worse since then, the front office might have to revisit that stance.
In honor of Joe Mikulik’s ridiculous rant here are five of the most epic manager meltdowns in baseball history.
Outfielder Bobby Abreu will join the Mets on Monday for the opener of a four-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. His contract has been selected from Triple-A Las Vegas, and Andrew Brown has been optioned.
The Las Vegas 51s announced on Tuesday that manager Wally Backman will return for the 2014 season.
Terry Collins’ contract will expire at the end of the season. I’m not suggesting that Fred Wilpon should give him a four-year extension. But I’d like to see him finally have a chance with a team that’s built to contend.
If Wheeler can just get a fraction of Harvey’s traction, the sun could finally shine on Queens, where they could someday be Kings.
It seems Wally isn’t so popular in Flushing these days — at least among Mets brass.
Triple-A manager Wally Backman says Ike Davis is “gonna get right” in Las Vegas. Well, maybe he will — with a little family support.
“I want the kid to go up there and just look strictly for fastballs, and fastballs that he can drive,” Backman said. “…We’ll make the adjustments that need to be made for this guy. He’s gonna get right.”
“He’s turning the corner, that is what we have seen the last two starts,” Backman said. “If we see that a couple of more starts, he’s going to be pushing the door open himself, forcing the issue for sure.”
“I’m not after Terry’s job,” Wally Backman said. “But my goal is definitely to manage in the big leagues.”