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.”