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Wally Backman needs a better lobbying operation

Nov 10, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

Wally Backman

Look, I know there’s a passionate pro-Wally Backman lobby out there. And even if I disagree about his fitness for the job, I understand his appeal. But really, if you’re going to argue in favor of Backman — and more to the point, if you’re going to rebut the charges that he lacks the requisite experience for the job — you need to do a little better than this:

Joe Torre had no experience before becoming a manager, and he won several WS rings

Because, as we all know, the 15 years he spent managing the Mets, Braves and Cardinals prior to winning those rings doesn’t count when one measures “experience.”


  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 10, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    He could have meant no managing experience before his first managing job, but everyone has no managing experience before becoming a manager.

  2. bloodysock - Nov 10, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    He really needs a better dentist.

  3. alexpoterack - Nov 10, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    Wally Backman needs Adam Rubin lobby for a job for him…

    (any Amazin’ Avenue readers here?)

  4. BC - Nov 10, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Hmm. When’s the last time a first-time manager won a World Series…. Probably Cito Gaston?

    • bloodysock - Nov 10, 2010 at 4:49 PM

      15 men have gone to the World Series in their first season as a major league manager but only three have won.

      Bucky Harris won with the Senators as a player manager in 1924. Eddie Dyer won with the Cardinals in 1946 and Ralph Houk won with the Yankees in his first two season as a manager in 1961 and 1962.

  5. sdelmonte - Nov 10, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    Why would we want Cliff Clavin as the manager anyway?

    And if we want to indulge in ’86 nostalgia, why Backman? Why not Hernandez or Darling, who are at least well-versed in the foibles of the current team? Or Tim Teufel, another ’86 second baseman who has minor league managing experience? Or maybe we should just turn the clock back to Davey Johnson, an underappreciated manager of late.

    And I hear Lenny Dykstra has a surefire way to make gold from straw.

    • willmose - Nov 11, 2010 at 6:36 AM

      Hernandez was a BIG and admitted user of PEDs (cocaine during games no less) in the 1980s. With the gambling scandal in the clubhouse about to blow big hole in the Mets, PEDs user as manager is the last thing they need.

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