Our boy Wally Backman didn’t get the Met gig but he did get one helluva consolation prize: manager of the AA Binghamton Mets.
I know Wally had his sights on the big league gig, and many of us were hoping he’d get the nod but the truth is Wally is still in his probationary period under the Wilpons.
The funny thing is Wally’s move from Short season rookie ball to AA is in some ways a backwards step. Of course the prestige factor is a couple of steps up but moving from Brooklyn to Binghamton can feel like exile in Siberia - lol.
But his chances of landing a big league skipper job have increased exponentially now that he’s in AA. And the AA manager often gets the inside track for his franchise top managerial spot since he’s worked with all the prospects coming through the system.
Good luck Wally hopefully SNY will carry some B Met games this year.