According to a team insider, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York is reporting that Wally Backman is likely to return as the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate manager in 2014, barring any requests from teams to interview him for a big league job.
Backman’s guaranteed return was not ensured by the source, due to the fact that a new big league manager with an organization could seek out Backman as a member of a coaching staff. That being said, the Mets are fully expecting Backman to be managing the 51s – their Triple-A affiliate – in 2014.
Backman led Las Vegas to a Pacific Coast League division crown, going 81-63 last season before being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.
Manager Terry Collins and his entire staff were retained for next season by GM Sandy Alderson, making a promotion impossible for Backman.
The 54-year old Backman played for the New York Mets from 1980 to 1988, and was a member of the famous 1986 World Series champion team. He went on to play for six more seasons, spending time with the Phillies, Pirates, Twins and Mariners.
During his 14-year career, he hit .275 with just ten home runs and 240 RBIs. He also swiped 117 bases, with his single-season high coming in 1984 with New York, when he stole 32 bases.