Backman Will Not Be Joining The Nationals

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Original Post Oct. 11, 5:45 AM

According to Bill Ladson of, Wally Backman will not join the Nationals coaching staff.

According to Mike Puma of the NI Post, Wally Backman, a candidate for the Mets’ managerial opening last offseason, could soon leave the organization, according to a team source.

The fiery Backman, 52, is considering the possibility of joining Davey Johnson’s coaching staff with the Nationals — likely as the third-base coach. The Nationals have not yet officially announced Johnson will return next season, but that is considered a formality.

The source indicated the 68-year-old Johnson may look to groom Backman for the managerial job, much in the same manner Bobby Cox took Fredi Gonzalez under his wing with the Braves before retiring. Johnson was Backman’s manager with the Mets in the 1980s, a run that culminated with a World Series title in 1986.

Last season, Backman managed Double-A Binghamton to a 65-76 record and it’s been reported that he is the front runner to manage Triple-A Buffalo in 2012.

I was surprised that Backman wasn’t offered a coaching position with the Mets last week when they shook things up and added Tim Teufel while parting ways with Chip Hale, Ken Oberkfell and Mookie Wilson. Wally is itching to get back to the majors so I have no doubt he’ll grab a coaching job with the Nats if they offer it to him.

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