By Paul DiSclafani:
The only thing we know for sure is Wally Backman is leaving the Mets organization. Depending on who else you get your information from, the stories are very different.
General manager Sandy Alderson released a statement about Backman deciding to leave the organization that said “Wally has decided to move on. He’s got other opportunities, presumable including possible major league coaching or managing. We wish him well.”
The NY Post is citing a team source that says Backman was fired for not using outfielder Brandon Nimmo in the leadoff spot and for keeping Michael Conforto on the bench against lefties, defying orders from the front office. Two weeks ago, Backman is claimed to have said that the major league coaching staff was ruining Conforto and that after just a few days back with him, Conforto was “fixed”.
Marc Craig of Newsday tweeted that Backman “has a long simmering source of tension regarding player development.”
Backman says, “I will have plenty to say later”.
Guess we will find out soon enough.
Backman, 56, has been managing with the Mets since 2010 in all levels of the organization, including AAA Las Vegas for the past five seasons. He was the Pacific Coast League Manager of the year in 2014.
Although the fans and players were calling for Backman to replace manager Jerry Manuel, Alderson settled on Terry Collins. It has always been assumed that Backman and Alderson are an unlikely fit. As Ralph Kramden would say, “like a Boa Constrictor and a Mongoose”.
Backman has always been a fan favorite for his years on the Mets last World Series Championship team in 1986. Backman was always known for his grit and feistiness, many of the qualities both the fans and media feel that this particular Mets team lacks.
Just have a feeling this is not going to end well…