Backman To The Mets, Omar Reaches Out To Former GMs

An article by posted on October 5, 2009

I really don’t understand what the big fuss is about bringing Wally Backman to the Mets, but apparently according to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Mets will offer Backman a job on one of their minor league teams, possibly at Class-AA Binghamton where there is a managerial vacancy.

The Mets are leaning toward giving 1986 hero Wally Backman a second chance. Backman, a fiery leader from that championship 1986 team, recently called for a job in the organization, and the Mets are likely to give him a minor league role.

In the last few months, there has been some growing sentiment in the Mets blogosphere for actually bringing Backman to the Mets as a replacement for Jerry Manuel. I have nothing against Backman, but there is nothing to suggest in his resume that he would be any improvement over Manuel who despite his flaws, has a better resume and is much more accomplished than Backman. Plus Manuel, if nothing else, is a consummate professional and is quite capable in dealing with the New York media. Manuel deserves at least one full season with a healthy squad.

Why are so many fans obsessed with overlooking the best available candidates for lesser qualified candidates who were former Mets?

I don’t get it, and it sounds totally illogical to me. 

In other Mets news, Omar Minaya acknowledged that he has reached out to former San Diego GM Kevin Towers and Toronto GM J.P. Ricciardi, both of whom were recently fired over the weekend. 

I think San Diego was nuts for firing Towers who did an outstanding job with few financial resources to work with during his tenure with the Padres. And yet he led them to four post seasons. I hope Towers does take a job with the Mets, if only so we have an excellent replacement for Omar Minaya should he fail again in 2010. Towers would be a great addition to the Mets Player Development as Vice President, but it’s more likely he declines and takes a job as GM elsewhere, maybe even the Blue Jays.

As for Ricciardi, no thanks. Three reasons why I say that is first the Vernon Wells contract, second the Alex Rios contract and subsequent waiver claim by the White Sox which netted the Jays nothing in return, and finally the botched up handling of Roy Halladay at the trade deadline. Halladay did not deserve to be treated that way.

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