I like that Wally Backman was finally offered the Mets’ Triple-A managerial job. It appeared Backman would take a bench coach job with Washington, which I said he should take because at the time the Mets didn’t offer him the Triple-A position.
Well, the Mets did offer that job and it is good he stays in the organization.
Backman could learn a lot by working with Davey Johnson, but he would learn significantly more by making his own decisions. Backman would stand to better his future position by managing in Buffalo rather than interning under Johnson.
Of course, we don’t know who will be on the managerial market when Terry Collins leaves, but should Backman steadily progress and he’s still in the organization, it stands to reason he’ll have the inside track for the Mets’ job.
Yes, Backman is showing loyalty to the Mets, and the organization is doing the same for him. But, this is also a business decision for Backman, who realizes his fastest road to the majors goes through Buffalo.
Thoughts from Joe D. – I’m not sure Backman will ever get another offer to manage in the majors as the one he got with Arizona almost eight years ago. It’s been a long time now and nary an offer for Backman aside from an invitation from the Mets to manage one of their affiliates, and a shout-out from his old manager Davey Johnson to join his coaching staff. Two major league offers in eight years and both because of emotional ties. Backman may or may not be the manager of the Mets in the future, who knows. Right now we have Terry Collins who seems up for the task and I see no reason to replace him now or two years from now. Maybe if Backman does something inspiring with the Bisons in 2012, some team will look beyond his past troubles and give him a shot… or maybe not. For now, he’s in the Mets organization and that’s good enough for me.