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Mets host three-hour interview with Wally Backman

Nov 7, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

backman walking on field

Single-A Brooklyn manager Wally Backman was interviewed Saturday in San Diego for the Mets’ managerial opening.  He had a three-hour sit-down meeting with new Mets GM Sandy Alderson and, according to Peter Botte of the New York Daily News, it went smoothly.

“I thought it went very well,” Backman told the Daily News Saturday night. “But out of respect to the Mets and the interview process, I’m not going to comment any further.”

Backman led the Brooklyn Cyclones to a stellar 51-24 record this season and a playoff berth, but he has a checkered past that includes a DUI arrest, tax evasion and other financial and personal struggles.  That past cost him a managing gig with the Diamondbacks in 2004.

The Mets are expected to interview close to 12 candidates, including but not limited to Mets minor league field coordinator Terry Collins, Mets third base coach Chip Hale, Double-A manager Tim Teufel, former Arizona manager Bob Melvin, Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle and former Mariners skipper Don Wakamatsu.  It’s a rather impressive list.

  1. willmose - Nov 7, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    In the clubhouse, the odds are 5 to 12 against the hiring.

  2. jfk69 - Nov 7, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    What a shame…Instead of the MISDEMEANOR DUI he got…WE COULD HIRE HIM IF ONLY HE HAD POSSESSED AND SNIFFED COCAINE ,,,A FELONY…LIKE WASHINGTON,THE TEXAS MANAGER .
    i think he has paid his debt to society, baseball and the Mets….As far as his finances…Hey we bailed out the clueless morons on Wall St to tune of billions of dollars….WHO DOESN’T HAVE FINANCIAL PROBLEMS THESE DAYS???
    HIRE HIM NOW SANDY. HE IS THE RIGHT MAN TO CLEAN UP THAT MESS AT SHEA. HE ALREADY HAS THE EXPERIENCE DOING THAT. and i AM TALKING ABOUT THAT MESS HE INHERITED WITH THE CYCLONES!!!

    • willmose - Nov 7, 2010 at 2:46 PM

      People committing DWI kill more people than the ones sniffing cocaine.

      • jfk69 - Nov 8, 2010 at 3:51 AM

        wilmose
        The first part of my post was dripping with sarcasm…With an ignorant response such as yours i can see why this country is in the shape it is.
        BY THE LETTER OF THE LAW
        I can sit outside any restaurant in this country with a parking lot serving alcohol and i guarantee you over half the patrons that drove there that night or day i could arrest for IMPAIRED driving when they leave. Even they would be shocked.
        I am not condoning either usage. Simply stating that someone who has paid their debt for a misdemeanor crime and has spent many years working their way back deserves every chance to come all the way back.

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