Tag: Wally Backman

Numbers Point To A Big Season For Travis d’Arnaud

An article by posted on January 26, 2015 0 Comments
Numbers Point To A Big Season For Travis d’Arnaud

Very few backstops have the ability to manipulate the strike zone and manufacture K’s like Travis d’Arnaud. That talent immediately caught the eye of the Mets front office following his 2013 debut.  His quick hands translates at the plate into raw power and bat speed. There were obstacles and defensive flaws that d’Arnaud had to hurdle last […]

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Backman Expresses Concern About Playing Flores and Murphy Up The Middle

An article by posted on January 11, 2015 0 Comments
Backman Expresses Concern About Playing Flores and Murphy Up The Middle

Wally Backman takes a photo with avid Mets fan Reymundo at the QBC Always a fan favorite, Wally Backman was a big hit on Saturday at the Queens Baseball Convention where he signed autographs, took photos with fans, and participated in a Q&A panel with ESPN’s Adam Rubin. Backman, who will return for his fourth […]

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Viola Returns As Pitching Coach For Triple-A Las Vegas

An article by posted on January 9, 2015 0 Comments
Viola Returns As Pitching Coach For Triple-A Las Vegas

Frank Viola will return as pitching coach for the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s, a source told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. The Triple-A staff is now set as Viola joins manager Wally Backman and hitting coach Jack Voigt who succeeds George Greer. Sweet Music interviewed for the pitching coach vacancy with the Twins, but […]

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Featured Post: Can Wilmer Flores Find Stardom At Second Base?

An article by posted on October 17, 2014 0 Comments
Featured Post: Can Wilmer Flores Find Stardom At Second Base?

The Mets have more than a back-up plan should Daniel Murphy be moved in the offseason, they quite possibly have upgrades.  It’s still a gamble though, Murphy’s production is solid and he has sustained it over the course of several years.  In 126 games at second base this year, he batted (.302) with 34 doubles, […]

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A Bag of Balls, A Lot of Questions

An article by posted on October 13, 2014 0 Comments
A Bag of Balls, A Lot of Questions

Former New York Mets catcher Ed Hearn says he has a bag of baseballs in his cellar. They are all from 1986; all from the National League Championship Series; all evidence that Michael Warren Scott cheated. The rumors started long before the NLCS. In May 1985, during one of Scott’s starts at Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs first baseman Leon Durham found a piece […]

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Mets Discussing Adding Backman To 2015 Coaching Staff

An article by posted on September 18, 2014 0 Comments
Mets Discussing Adding Backman To 2015 Coaching Staff

A team insider told ESPN New York that they are currently considering having Wally Backman permanently join Terry Collins’  coaching staff in 2015. Adam Rubin adds that Collins views Backman as an ally, and not a threat. “We have a very strong relationship,” Collins said. “Wally and I are very good friends. We always have been […]

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Di-JEST: My Top 10 Fake Mets Headlines

An article by posted on September 16, 2014 0 Comments
Di-JEST:  My Top 10 Fake Mets Headlines

I’ve been a reader of newspapers for as long as I can remember. Born in the Bronx and raised on Long Island I spent years reading the NYC tabloids and then Newsday. Now living upstate I read the local paper to see what streets have sinkholes the size of in-ground swimming pools. I still keep […]

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3 Up, 3 Down: Mets Phil Up on Momentum For Miami

An article by posted on September 1, 2014 0 Comments
3 Up, 3 Down: Mets Phil Up on Momentum For Miami

The Mets went almost entirely with home grown talent this weekend against the Phillies as clubhouse veterans such as Daniel Murphy, David Wright and Curtis Granderson saw their playing diminished for various reasons.  The results?  The Amazins’ added another series W to this year’s resume.  Below are the usual 3 Up/3 Down takeaways. 3 Up 1.  Sunday […]

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Backman Has No Shot At Managing Mets Despite Being Named League’s Best Manager

An article by posted on August 31, 2014 0 Comments
Backman Has No Shot At Managing Mets Despite Being Named League’s Best Manager

John Harper of the Daily News wrote an extensive article on what the future may hold for Wally Backman now that he has been named the PCL Manager of the Year. He says that if nothing else, the award is just more proof that Backman is a very good minor-league manager who deserves a chance at […]

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Demotion Helped D’Arnaud Regain Confidence and Swing

An article by posted on July 17, 2014 0 Comments
Demotion Helped D’Arnaud Regain Confidence and Swing

Travis d’Arnaud has had his struggles since being promoted to the big leagues in 2013, mostly from trying to live up to the pressures of playing in the big city and producing. Coming into the 2014 season, the hype grew even larger and it might have just been too much for the young rookie to […]

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