Sunday, October 16, 2011

Wally Backman is staying in Mets Organization


According to Dan Martin of the NY Post, Wally Backman isn’t going anywhere- except maybe Buffalo.

Backman admitted yesterday he considered leaving for a potential spot on Davey Johnson's staff with the Washington Nationals, but opted to remain with the organization that drafted him.

"There was some thought," Backman said of leaving on WFAN Saturday. "It was a long-thought process. I started at 17 years old with the Mets and I'm gonna stay with the Mets."

After managing the Mets' Single-A Brooklyn Cyclones team in 2010 and then Double-A Binghamton last year, the 52-year-old Backman figures to be in line to become Triple-A Buffalo's manager this season, replacing last year's manager at Buffalo, Tim Teufel, who was recently was moved up to be the Mets' third base coach.



"We haven’t talked about that yet," Backman said.

Backman interviewed for the Mets' managerial position a year ago after GM Sandy Alderson was hired, but Alderson chose Terry Collins. Still, Backman believes he has a future with the Mets.

"I feel like there's unfinished business," Backman said. "The organization is going in the right direction. And I want to be a part of it."
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