Wally Backman needed to offer it yet one more shot. The previous second baseman who helped the Mets to a World Collection in 1986 was heading again to Mexico for winter ball, however earlier than he left he determined to succeed in out to Flushing one final time. He knew it was an extended shot, however he needed to precise his curiosity — no his ardour, actually — to get again to the Mets, even after the group principally kicked him out a yr in the past.
Sandy Alderson stated that they had an inventory of 35 candidates for supervisor earlier than they employed Cleveland pitching coach Mickey Callaway. Backman was not amongst these candidates, regardless of how a lot followers have clamored for his return to Queens over the previous few years. Nor will he be amongst these thought-about for jobs on Callaway’s employees, sources stated. Whereas the Mets have mentioned bringing again Tim Teufel, who was reassigned off of Terry Collins’ main league employees final season, there isn’t any place for the fiery Backman.
That may be a disgrace, notably for the minor leaguers within the Mets system.
Regardless of Alderson having to confess that prime prospects didn’t look prepared once they got here to the key leagues this yr, it doesn’t really feel like Backman will ever be again with the Mets beneath this regime.
After expressing his curiosity to the Mets, a supply stated that Backman acquired a curt e-mail from Alderson that appeared like a type letter principally saying thanks for the curiosity, however no thanks.
That’s actually not shocking even to Backman, who accused Alderson of blackballing him final fall after he was fired. It was clearly a messy divorce, however Backman nonetheless has emotions for the workforce that drafted him and gave him a second probability.
Definitely the Mets at the moment are excited a few new period with Callaway, a very constructive man whom they are saying they will collaborate with.
It’s a disgrace that the Mets couldn’t discover a solution to collaborate with Backman.
Clearly, their new means of getting ready prospects didn’t work this season, the minor leagues have been a multitude in 2017. Alderson needed to admit as a lot on the finish of the season when only one affiliated staff was above .500.
Alderson fired Backman after the 2016 season and the underside line is that resulted within the Las Vegas fifty one’s ending 30 video games under .500 regardless of the…