The Wally Backman era has come to an abrupt end today after he resigned due to a lack of respect and future given by the front office. A standout .320 hitter for the world champion 1986 Mets, Wally Backman, has always been beloved by New York Mets fans but apparently the same feeling was not felt by the front office. Backman has been with the Mets since 2009 after his only managerial opportunity fell apart in 2004 when the Arizona Diamondbacks discovered a questionable financial and criminal past. He was a finalist for the Mets managerial job in 2010 that current Met King, Terry Collins wound up getting.
Backman has always been known as a fiery individual, from his playing days while breaking up double plays and being an outspoken leader, to the dugout in Triple-A Las Vegas. That has found its way into the front office and has caused an extremely volatile situation between Backman and Kings Sandy Alderson and Jeff Wilpon. There were reports from sources around the organization that it was King Alderson who pulled the plug on the Backman era in Las Vegas. Backman has reiterated that he left on his own terms but all of this has left me and fellow Mets fans scratching our heads.
Backman has been a successful manager at the minor league level having a record above .500 and 374 wins as a manager for the Las Vegas 51s. That’s not just a number because the reasons behind those wins are being seen at the major league level for the 2015 National League champion New York Mets. He has developed 3 All Stars in Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey as well as tons of young talent that have contributed such as Travis d’Arnaud, Juan Lagares, Steven Matz, and Michael Conforto. The anger in the front office doesn’t come from the results he has put up but the lack of following directions from upper management. King Alderson sent guys down such as Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto to work on hitting against lefties and batting leadoff in Nimmo’s case. Backman has proven that those claims are false because Conforto has played in all but 2 games and Nimmo batted first or second in 74 of 81 games played.
This is the problem with the Mets upper management, they never know how to handle things the right way, Backman has been a loyal Met and a successful manager, yet he has never been given an opportunity at the highest level in the organization. I believe Backman deserves to be a coach in the big leagues and the Mets have treated him poorly by never allowing him to even be a base-coach for the team. I rate this move as a 3 what about you Mets fans?
Good luck Wally.
Lets Go Mets