Wally Backman needs a better lobbying operation

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Look, I know there’s a passionate pro-Wally Backman lobby out there. And even if I disagree about his fitness for the job, I understand his appeal. But really, if you’re going to argue in favor of Backman — and more to the point, if you’re going to rebut the charges that he lacks the requisite experience for the job — you need to do a little better than this:

Joe Torre had no experience before becoming a manager, and he won several WS rings

Because, as we all know, the 15 years he spent managing the Mets, Braves and Cardinals prior to winning those rings doesn’t count when one measures “experience.”

 

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.