Wally Backman to coach with the Mets for the final nine games of the season

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God, will Sandy Alderson’s blackballing and hatred for Wally Backman ever end? Oh, wait . . . 

Wally Backman will be a major league coach for the final nine games of the season.

Backman, who guided the Las Vegas 51s to their second straight division title in the Pacific Coast League, is due to join the Mets in Atlanta next Friday and be with the club for the remainder of the season.

I’m sure they’re just setting him up to fail. Or they’re gong to get him to New York just so they can fire him or something. I’m not sure about the details, though. One of the Backman truthers in the New York press corps will no doubt explain it all to us.

(Thanks to John Fitzgerald for the heads up)

Mets claim Sam Coonrod off waivers from Phillies

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NEW YORK — The active New York Mets added another newcomer to their bullpen mix when they claimed reliever Sam Coonrod off waivers from the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies.

Coonrod had a 7.82 ERA in 12 appearances covering 12 2/3 innings last year for the National League champions. The right-hander is 7-5 with a 5.27 ERA and five saves in 105 games over four major league seasons with San Francisco and Philadelphia. He has struck out 95 and walked 44 in 97 1/3 innings.

The 30-year-old Coonrod was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week when they signed free agent infielder Josh Harrison.

To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Khalil Lee was designated for assignment by the Mets.