Showing posts with label Wally Backman. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wally Backman. Show all posts

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Mets News: Wally Backman to stay in Mets organization?


Mets News:


According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY,  The Mets have not been asked by any other organization for permission to speak with Wally Backman about a managerial vacancy. So team officials still expect Backman to return as Triple-A Las Vegas manager in 2014.

The Mets could not yet guarantee Backman's return, noting it still would be possible that a newly hired manager elsewhere might want Backman on the major league staff as a coach. But, for now, the Mets fully expect Backman to continue managing the 51s next season.

In its first year as a Mets affiliate, Backman-led Las Vegas won its Pacific Coast League division with an 81-63 record before getting eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

The Mets return their entire major league staff in 2014, leaving no room for a promotion for Backman.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Mets News: Backman could be managing in Triple-A in 2014???


Mets News:


According to Jorge Castillo of the Star Ledger, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Wally Backman will likely be invited back as the organization’s Triple-A manager for the 2014 season.

“I would expect he certainly would be invited back in some capacity and presumably as the manager in Las Vegas,” Alderson said Monday afternoon. “There’s no reason not to do that.”

Backman led the affiliate in Las Vegas, considered the toughest destination in Triple-A, to an 81-63 record and a division title in the Pacific Coast League. They were eliminated in the first round.

Alderson added that Backman would be a consideration if there is a vacancy on the Mets’ coaching staff this offseason.

The Ny Post Reported, that Backman could leave the position if Collins was offered another term with the team..

When will the Backman Drama End??





Mets Fan Poll Results: Terry Collins the Man for Mets Manager


Mets Fan Poll Results:


We started a poll last month and the response was ok, out of the near 200 that voted. In the beginning of the poll, many ran with the Backman vote, with out of the organization running a close second. In the later stages of the poll, the Mets made inclinations about them going to bring back Terry and many Mets fans agreed to the news. Terry Collins has made believers out of the Mets Fans..

Right Now as it stands,

Terry Collins has 47% of the vote
Wally Backman is behind at a 38%
Out of the Organization is last at 14%
1% wanted Howard Stern, LOL

I am going to take down this poll because basically most likely Terry will be brought back for 2014 and beyond. An announcement is expected to take place after the season ends officially.

Where Wally Backman lands may not be with the Mets, because the Mets front office is not too happy with many of his off the field quotes and antics.

Monday, September 02, 2013

Mets Fan Poll Results: The Power has shifted, Mets Fans want Collins back!


Mets Fan Poll Results: The Power has shifted, Mets Fans want Collins back!


I posted last night that the results became consistent with Mets Fans wanting Wally Backman to be the next manager of the New York Mets. The results were Backman (48%) and Collins (40%).

Today is a different story, since the Mets have released some info that  Terry Collins might be resigned at least for one more year, Mets Fans have sighed with Collins..

Here is your chance to Vote, if you have not..(below or right sidebar):

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Mets News: Backman irks Mets Front Office, has zero chance of being Mets Manager


Mets News:


It seems Wally Backman isn’t so popular in Flushing these days — at least among Mets brass.

The Triple-A Las Vegas manager has “rubbed some in the organization the wrong way” by talking a big game about fixing demoted first baseman Ike Davis, according to Newsday.

In fact, it may have killed his chances of managing the big-league team if Terry Collins gets the boot. Fans have been calling for New York to hire the fiery Backman for years.

“There’s zero chance of that (taking over for Collins) happening,” a source told Newsday. “Zero.”

The floundering team has given Collins assurances that he’s “not in danger” of being fired, the paper reported, adding his future “will be discussed” at season’s end. Collins beat out Backman for the job in 2010.

Backman, beloved for his role on the Mets’ 1986 championship team, responded to the New York Daily News: “I’m sorry if I ruffled any feathers.”

“If you’ve got an issue with me, call me,” he said.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Mets News: Wally Backman thinks Zack Wheeler is only weeks away from joining the Mets


Mets News:

Las Vegas manager Wally Backman believes Zack Wheeler's big league promotion could be about two weeks away.

"Personally, I think if he has a couple of more starts like his last start he'll be headed to the big leagues, and rightfully so," Backman told Las Vegas' ESPN radio affiliate.

Wheeler, who next pitches Saturday on an extra day of rest opposite Albuquerque's Aaron Laffey, has limited his past two opponents to a combined one run on eight hits and two walks while striking out 12 in 12 2/3 innings. Wheeler last pitched Sunday, tossing six scoreless innings at Sacramento to trim his Pacific Coast League ERA to 4.00.

"It usually happens every year. There's a little bit of a slow start, you start making tweaks and adjustments and find it," Wheeler told MLB.com after Sunday's start. "I just want to carry it from here. It's baseball, you know. You gotta make those adjustments and just pitch.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Wright/Dickey Contracts, Backman, Recker


Mets News and Notes:

The Mets have yet to have discussions with representatives for David Wright and R.A. Dickey about years and dollars on contract extensions, according to the Daily News.

Both players have team options for 2013.

It stands to reason at this point that both players' options will be picked up shortly after the World Series to keep them under the Mets' control while the sides talk about longer-term deals.
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Wally Backman will remain the Mets' Triple-A manager for 2013.

Backman managed Buffalo to a 67-76 record this past season, in his third season managing in the minors for the organization. The Mets' Triple-A affiliate is moving to Las Vegas for next season.

There was no turnover on the Mets' major league coaching staff.
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The Mets have claimed right-hitting catcher Anthony Recker off waivers from the Chicago Cubs.

Recker, 29, has a .152 average with one homer and four RBIs in 66 career major league at-bats with Oakland and Chicago spanning the past two seasons.

The move gives the Mets one righty-hitting option in spring training, although Recker likely provides depth at Triple-A.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Mejia, Johnson, Cyclones, Tejada, Wright, Wilpon, Backman, Phillies


Mets News and Notes:

Jenrry Mejia will enter the rotation Saturday at Milwaukee, with Jeremy Hefner moving to the bullpen.

Nats manager Davey Johnson delighted in officially eliminating the Mets from division-title contention. "That made me a little happy," Johnson told Washington reporters postgame. The Mets' tragic number for wild-card elimination is 12.

The Brooklyn Cyclones mustered only one hit and were eliminated from the New York-Penn League playoffs Sunday. Both Mets affiliates to qualify for the postseason -- St. Lucie and Brooklyn -- were eliminated in a winner-take-all Game 3 in the opening round.

Ruben Tejada, who previously had confirmed he would train during the offseason in New York and Port St. Lucie, told Kevin Burkhardt (Twitter link) that he will work out with Jose Reyes at the Garden City, L.I., facility where Reyes has trained for several years. Among the other athletes who train together there: Pedro Beato, the Rockies' Adam Ottavino and Mets minor leaguers Cam Maron (Hicksville High product), John Mincone (Half Hollow Hills East) and Steven Matz (Ward Melville).

David Wright and Jeff Wilpon visited the Squad 18 firehouse in lower Manhattan on Monday morning.

Wright told Marc Carig in Newsday there have been no developments with a contract extension. "I don't think it's the right time, but I guess I'll answer your question," Wright said. "There's nothing new. I guess status quo." Said Wilpon: "I think we've said all along that we plan on keeping David and we want David to be part of the organization long term. Let's not get into the contract. He didn't want to negotiate during the season. We're not going to negotiate during the season. We'll find the right time to sit down and talk."

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Official Call-ups, Gee, Strasburg, Final Game in Buffalo, Cyclones, Drama in the Ninth


Mets News and Notes:

With Buffalo's season complete, the Mets have summoned six additional minor leaguers to St. Louis: Jordany Valdespin, right-handers Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia and Elvin Ramirez, left-hander Justin Hampson and outfielder Fred Lewis.

Buffalo manager Wally Backman is due to join the Mets on Sunday. Zach Lutz, Nickeas and McHugh already had been added -- giving the Mets nine extra players in total.

Dillon Gee joined the Mets in St. Louis. He already has been cleared to begin tossing a baseball following surgery to repair a damaged artery in his pitching shoulder.

Stephen Strasburg's final start of the season will be Sept. 12 against the Mets at Citi Field.

Buffalo was rained out at Lehigh Valley on Monday in what is expected to be its final game affiliated with the Mets. Las Vegas has been widely speculated as the Mets' next Triple-A home, but a minor league source said do not rule out Nashville over Las Vegas if the Mets have a choice between those markets. The Brewers currently are affiliated with Nashville and may re-up, though.

Meanwhile, The Brooklyn Cyclones sliced its magic number to one with two games remaining to clinch the New York-Penn League's wild card. Like Buffalo, Binghamton and Savannah completed their seasons Monday. St. Lucie opens the Florida State League.

Finally, Collin McHugh's second major league start lasted only four innings, with McHugh surrendering four runs.

The drama, though, came late. With the Mets trailing by a run in the ninth, Andres Torres seemingly led off with a double. But at the instruction of injured ex-Met Carlos Beltran, the St. Louis Cardinals successfully appealed to rookie ump Dave Rackley that Torres missed the first-base bag. The Mets, deprived of the baserunner, lost shortly thereafter, 5-4, on Monday afternoon at Busch Stadium.

Rackley and crew chief Dale Scott stood by the call, despite vehement protest from the Mets. The crew noted neither Torres nor first base coach Tom Goodwin initially complained about the call.

Rackley told Terry Collins he would not have made the ruling had he not been positive it was correct.

"He went over the front corner with his toe and it just kicked dirt up onto the base," Rackley said.

Said Scott after reviewing the video with his crew: "It was exactly what [Rackley] described. His foot went over [the bag], the toes hit the ground, the heel never did [hit the bag]. And did you see where [Rackley] was? He was right there to make the call."

Countered Murphy: "We had access to video. I'm sure you guys did, too. So we know the answer to that."

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Mets make it official, Backman managing Triple A - Buffalo Bisons


It Official, Wally Backman is moving his way up the New York Mets' farm system after being named manager of the team's Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo.

At 52, the former major league infielder takes over the Buffalo Bisons. He replaces Tim Teufel, who was promoted to become the Mets' third-base coach this offseason.

Backman has nine seasons of managerial experience and two with the Mets organization. He broke in as a manager in 2001 with the Chicago White Sox Class A affiliate Winston-Salem. Backman has a 534-488 career record and has won two league titles as a manager.

Backman spent 14 seasons in the majors, including his first nine with the Mets from 1980-88, and was a member of New York's 1986 World Series championship team.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Wally Backman will manage AAA Buffalo in 2012


According to Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record, The Mets will let Wally Backman manage the AAA Buffalo Bisons in 2012.

His decision to stick with the organization, despite an open door to Davey Johnson’s coaching staff with the Nationals shows loyalty to the Mets Organization.

Backman, no dummy, is aware of the unfavorable odds, but will invest another season with the Mets based on three factors.

The first is that he completed a controversy-free year at Class AA Binghamton in 2011, despite being given little talent to develop.

Backman admitted he “lost it a few times” as the B-Mets dropped 35 of their first 45 games and ended with the 10th worst record in the 12-team Eastern League. But there were no incidents, on or off the field, that otherwise derailed Backman’s promotion to Class AAA.

Second, Backman was second in-line after Collins to be the next Mets manager after Manuel , but fell short. He is close to being the successor to Terry Collins, even though the Mets recently exercised his option through 2013. Backman, who speaks highly of Collins, says he can wait two more years, but thought long and hard about leaving.

Third Ironically, it was Johnson who convinced Backman to stay with the Mets.

“We talked for about two hours, and he really thinks it’s in my best interest to not go anywhere,” Backman said recently. “Actually Davey was adamant about it – that’s how strongly he feels that I’m going to manage [the Mets] someday. And I do trust him.”

Monday, October 17, 2011

Wally Backman Talks Mets Baseball with Ed Randall on WFAN



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.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Wally Backman Leaving Mets Organization?


According to the New York Post, Wally Backman is “considering the possibility” of teaming up in Washington with former Mets manager Davey Johnson.

Johnson, who led Backman and the Mets to a World Series title in 1986, would likely hire Backman as the Nationals’ third base coach, the paper reported. He also “may look to groom” Backman to take over as manager.

Many Mets fans have been clamoring for the fiery 52-year-old to get his shot with the big league club. Backman was a finalist for the Mets’ managerial job last year after the team fired Jerry Manuel.

Terry Collins eventually beat out Backman, Chip Hale and Bob Melvin. New York exercised Collins’ option for 2013 just before the end of this year’s 77-85 season.

Friday, March 04, 2011

Video: Platoon might be solution at 2B


Daniel Murphy
Ted Berg of SNY.tv did a great piece on who has the upper hand in the second base competition. He interviewed Wally Backman and Tim Teufel, two former second basemen who ironically platooned together in '86.

Both Backman and Teufel think that it is going to be a platoon situation with Daniel Murphy getting most of the AB's because of more righties in the league. Backman thinks that Murphy can play everyday because of the work he has put in. Backman also said that Brad Emaus has natural mechanics at second base, especially when it comes to turning double plays.

Can you smell the Murphy/Emaus platoon?

Both openly admitted that Luis Castillo has to fight for the job, that it won't be just handed to him.

Watch the full video for yourself:


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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Pic of the Day: Jose Reyes


Picture courtesy of ESPN
Jose Reyes with the next Mets manager Wally Backman

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Strawberry: " Wally (Backman) will be the manager of the Mets"


NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28:  Former Mets manager ...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) – Wally Backman was passed over for Terry Collins as the next manager of the New York Mets during the off-season, but the fiery Double-A manager still has a firm believer in Darryl Strawberry.

“Wally will be the next manager of the Mets, in my opinion,” Strawberry said before Tuesday night’s Baseball Assistance Team dinner at Midtown’s Marriot Marquis. “I don’t have much to say, but I thought he would’ve been the right choice for them.

“Not taking anything away from Terry. He’s a great man, and I think he’ll probably do a great job turning these guys around. But I think Wally’s in the future, as far as the manager, and I think he’ll be a super manager.”

Backman was among four finalists last fall to replace Jerry Manuel as Mets manager.

Collins was hired over Backman, Chip Hale and Bob Melvin.
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Wally Named Binghamton AA Manager


Wally Backman was officially named the manager of the Double-A Binghamton Mets yesterday. It was a move that had been expected and comes only a day after Tim Teufel was officially named the manager of the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.
“It’s exciting to be with the Mets,” Backman said in the Press Release. “It was almost like a homecoming coming back to the Mets last year. Being traded for the first time, takes a piece of you. I would say my heart never left New York.”
The B-Mets also announced Monday that they have promoted former Class A Savannah pitching coach Marc Valdes to the same role with Binghamton, and that they will retain Luis Natera as hitting coach.
Here is how the staffs shape up so far for the top two affiliates in the Mets organization.

I am glad to see the Mets have kept him in the organization and I still hope Wally Backman will get his shot at the MLB level... Go Mets!!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Backman, Teufel move up and find new homes


According to Adam Rubin of ESPN, Wally Backman, a finalist for the Mets' managerial position that went to Terry Collins, is expected to be named manager of Double-A Binghamton, according to organization sources.

Backman, who skippered Class A Brooklyn last season, last managed at the Double-A level with Birmingham in the Chicago White Sox organization in 2002 and '03.

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Tim Teufel, who managed Binghamton last season, is expected to succeed Ken Oberkfell as Triple-A Buffalo manager.

Mets have also made other staffing changes. The Triple-A staff also is expected to include Ricky Bones returning as pitching coach and Luis Natera serving as hitting coach. Natera was the Bisons' hitting coach during the first half of the 2009 season, before being sent to Binghamton for the remainder of that season.

Jack Voigt, who was Buffalo's hitting coach last season, is expected to assume Mookie Wilson's former role as minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator.

Oberkfell is joining the major league staff as bench coach, with Wilson returning to the Mets as first base coach.
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