Losing Backman?

Word was Wally was in the running for a coaching gig with the Nats and his old skipper Davey Johnson. 

Hey I’d hate to lose Wally just cuz I love him as an ‘86 Met but I wouldn’t blame the gut if he bounced for another gig. There’s no telling how long it might take to get the managerial job here in NY and I have doubts the Wilpons would ever hand him the keys.

Personally I think Wally’s be great for a couple of years at which point he might flame out but I’d sign for that any day.

As for the bench coach search, unless Larry Bowa is in the mix, or Wally, I’m fairly unconcerned about this job opening. 

TC is an experienced Major League manager and has proved adept at handling NYC. Bench coach was a huge issue when we had the inexperienced and often NL oblivious Willie Randolph but I’ve got no such concerns with Collins.

17 Responses to “Losing Backman?”

  1. BrooklynBill Says:

    I’m not that worried about Bench Coach. Hopefully, TC has a lot of latitude on whom the Mets go with.

    No matter where Backman goes, I’m sure his name is always going to come up as a potential candidate for any managerial jobs in the future.

    The Jets traded Mason!!! oh no!!! Now what do we do? hahaha. Why on earth was he ever a Jet in the first place? (sorry - this Brooklynmetfan is also a Brooklynjetsfan)

  2. Lord Charles Says:

    I think the bench coach should be a computer programed to spit out a statistical analysis of the current situation and the impact of a decision on the odds of score 1 or more runs. (i.e bunting a runner from 2nd to 3rd with no outs, batter vs. pitcher splits, etc.) I’m not say that you just “go by the numbers,” but it would be nice to at least consider them before “going with the gut.”

    (And yes, I know that MLB rules prohibit this…)

  3. Lord Charles Says:

    Wow, apparently I am having a hard time adding “-ing” this morning…

  4. Buck Says:

    Hey BB,
    They still want us to believe that the Mason trade had nothing to do with locker room attitude or organizing a mutiny against Schotty……Yeah right! And the fact that he was benched for the 1st half wasn’t a punishment for his crimes but rather because Rex wanted a closer look at Kerley…..yeah I believe ya Rex! By the way…..I don’t disagree with the move at all……..I’m just saying I hate to be lied to. Don’t piss on my head and tell me it’s raining…ya know!

  5. Lord Charles Says:

    Smart move by the Jets. They can finish 3rd in the division just as easily without him…

  6. BlondiesJake Says:

    Buck, the world would be a much better place if people just told the truth, but for some reason people always feel the need to lie and/or cover up. Of course, the backlash is always worse because we were lied to, but people either conveniently forget that or somehow think THEY are going to be the ones smart enough to fool us.

  7. Florida Met Fan Rich Says:

    I think the real story about this is that it seems the Mets are trying to get rid of Backman. It seems to me like they almost leaked the story out and actually wanted him to take the job with the Nats.

    I don’t think that they really intend or want him to be the next manager of the Mets.

  8. Buck Says:

    Agreed BJake! The only person who has an acceptable reason to lie to my face is my wife….LOL! She lies to me about finances, I know she is lying, she knows that I know she is lying…and we are all blissfully happy with the arrangement!!

  9. USMF Says:

    I’ve always got the impression that Wilpons really like Backman, but the organization worries if Backman will implode if put under the spotlight managing the Mets.

    They also believe that Backmans’ attitude is perfect for under players who need to learn how to play the game the right way. So, it looks like they want him to manage in AAA for another year or so and sit on the back burner in case TC needs to be replaced.

    As for the Bench coach, I’ve always believed that you need a guy whose personality offsets the managers. TC is an intense guy, so why bring in an intense bench coach like Bowa? I’d drive the team crazy…

  10. CowCrusher Says:

  11. Met_Maven Says:

    The way I see the Backman issue is that the expectations for him are too high. Most fans point out that he wins everywhere he coaches. However, these current Mets are going to need another year or two at least before they start doing any serious winning. If Backman is awarded the coaching job and they tank, he’s going to get axed and, like all managers, the blame falls on him. However, if he does coach the nats or goes back to the minors, he can always come back to the Mets when they’re on the cusp of being good again.

  12. BlondiesJake Says:

    My take on Wally is if he goes to the Nats, it would only be with a “guarantee” he would be Davey’s successor in a year or two.

    I don’t see him taking over for Collins anytime soon (not for at least two more years since Collins isn’t going anywhere next year unless he has a meltdown), but I don’t think management fears a blowup or anything like that, because if they did, they wouldn’t keep moving him up the chain.

  13. BrooklynBill Says:

    I love Wally, and I’m not denying he is a good baseball man. But, I suspect the FO believes he lacks some of the intangibles you need to be effective in NY. Running the Cyclone is one thing, running the NY Mets another…whole different level.

    Buck - Clearly Kerley made Mason’s attitude expendable. I guess they denied he was benched so they could trade him…although, I think Mason already has a rep for being a bad apple. Who knows…he wasn’t having any impact anyway.

  14. BrooklynBill Says:

    Besides, when you’re 37 going on 38 in MLB, you’re a ‘crafty veteran’. 37 going on 38 in the NFL, makes you a friggin’ Dinosaur.

  15. BlondiesJake Says:

    BB, what would those intangibles be that you think the FO believes Backman lacks to be effective in NY?

  16. CowCrusher Says:

    Well to wherever Wally goes , best of luck to him.

  17. BrooklynBill Says:

    BJ - I don’t know exactly, just my hunch…maybe he’s a little rough, not polished enough to deal with the media? They took such an early pass on him.

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