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Adam Rubin: “the Mets know things” about Wally Backman

Nov 3, 2010, 9:41 AM EDT

Wally Backman

This is . . . odd.  Matthew Cerrone passes along word that, in a chat yesterday, ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin responded to reader questions about Wally Backman by saying that “the Mets know things [about Backman] that are not circulated and don’t feel comfortable.”  Then he went on and said that sometimes reporters “hear things you cannot report but which point you to a certain conclusion. That’s about the best I can say now.”

Actually, given that this little tease of Rubin’s apparently involves a man’s reputation, the best he could do would be to either (a) report what he knows; or (b) not say anything about it.  If Backman got into some kind of hot water or is otherwise a far worse candidate than people realize that may be newsworthy. But by handling it how he handled it, Rubin basically said “there are more skeletons in Wally Backman’s closet, but I’m not going to tell you what they are.”  That strikes me as profoundly unfair to Backman.  Rubin is right that reporters often learn about this kind of thing, but when it involves personal stuff as this seems to, I think you need to do better than to throw this kind of oblique insinuation out there.

I don’t think Wally Backman is the best choice for the Mets’ job, but the man deserves better than this.

  1. mangothefruit - Nov 3, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    Especially since there’s no need for the coyness. It’s already on the public record that he’s been arrested for a DUI and also for violence, and that he was fired by the Dbacks for financial misdemeanors. They can just cite that stuff.

  2. Jonny 5 - Nov 3, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    “But by handling it how he handled it, Rubin basically said “there are more skeletons in Wally Backman’s closet, but I’m not going to tell you what they are.” That strikes me as profoundly unfair to Backman.”

    Depending on what those skeletons may be, you could be right or wrong about what Backman would deserve or appreciate being mentioned. All I know is a guy who acts like this

    on camera must be capable of some serious craziness when no one is there to document it all. And who wants this on a MLB team anyway???

  3. IdahoMariner - Nov 3, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    I think this is why some people need to stick to writing (where they can take time to reflect, and edit) and stay away from a microphone. If you aren’t used to answering things on the fly (like on a call in show), it’s sometimes too easy to lose your head — and your standards.

  4. IdahoMariner - Nov 3, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    …or maybe Rubin just doesn’t like Backman’s teeth and/or facial hair, but didn’t want to sound petty.

    Like I just did.

  5. mrfloydpink - Nov 3, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    A friend of mine is gay, and has seen him at a number of gay bars around town. I am guessing that is what this is about.

  6. stackers1 - Nov 3, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    Never saw that film before today. Priceless!

  7. willmose - Nov 4, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    Gosh, it sound actually like the way many bloggers deal with steroids. He must have know, he is a juicer, etc. without any actual proof. I know a thing or two about Adam Rubin that would make your skin crawl and get him kicked out MLB forever. But I am not at liberty to say them.

  8. jfk69 - Nov 8, 2010 at 4:25 AM

    As a reporter to throw innuendo and gossip out there regarding a mans reputation is a disgrace. He must have recently been let go when the yellow sheet rag The Enquirer went bankrupt.
    Rubio you coward….If you feel so self righteous then keep your mouth shut instead of feeding a hungry pack of hyenas and then coming back at some point to tell us you knew things all along.
    You must be worshiping at the feet of Francesca ……another sanctimonious insider who uses his show and privileged access to tell us how smart he is.
    Everybody is entitled to his opinion and that may change…..BUT THE FACTS NEVER DO!!!!

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