Report: Wally Backman could join Mets coaching staff in 2015

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We learned late last week that Wally Backman will join the Mets coaching staff on Friday to finish out the season. Now there’s a chance that he could remain in the major leagues to begin 2015.

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York was told by a team insider that Backman is “under consideration” to join the coaching staff next season. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has a funny way of blackballing people, huh?

Backman has managed New York’s Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas for the past two seasons and was recently named the PCL Manager of the Year, but he has never held a coaching position in the majors. Of course, he was hired to manage the Diamondbacks following the 2004 season, but he was fired within a week after it was revealed that he had a history that included a domestic violence arrest.

There’s a certain segment of fans who have longed for Backman to be the next Mets manager, but Terry Collins is expected to return in 2015. Still, the chorus figures to grow if Backman is on the major league staff and the Mets get off to a slow start next year. For what it’s worth, Collins told Rubin yesterday that he and Backman “have a very strong relationship.”

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.