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Wally Backman could join the Nationals’ coaching staff

Oct 11, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

Wally Backman

Wally Backman was a finalist for the Mets’ job last season, didn’t get it and went on to manage Double-A Binghamton. He’s currently expected to be in line for the job at Triple-A Buffalo, but Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that he may leave the Mets organization altogether and take a job as Davey Johnson’s third base coach in Washington.

Such a move would get Backman back to the bigs, of course. And, given that (a) Johnson is not going to manage forever; and (b) third base coach is a pretty standard springboard kind of job, it could put Backman in line to be Johnson’s heir with the Nats.

I was critical of the Mets for considering Backman for the top job last year. But after a couple more years under his belt, some time on a major league coaching staff and with some closer tutelage by a guy like Johnson, it could make way more sense.  Besides: if his fiery, hard-nosed reputation is everything it’s purported to be, seeing him beat Bryce Harper into a major leaguer in a year or two could be great fun to watch. Though maybe not much fun for Harper.

  1. woodenulykteneau - Oct 11, 2011 at 8:41 AM

    Explain to us again how a manager who’s more immature than Harper will make him grow up?

  2. lukeslice - Oct 11, 2011 at 8:49 AM

    oooooooohhhhhhhhhhhh man did you hear what Backman said about the city of brotherly love?!??! GO GET ‘EM BICEPS!

  3. hasbeen5 - Oct 11, 2011 at 8:49 AM

    “C’mon Bryce, let’s go have a beer”

  4. natstowngreg - Oct 11, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Two possibilities:

    1. This guy has information that Davey wants to replace Bo Porter with Backman (or Porter gets a managing job somewhere else and has to be replaced).

    2. This guy doesn’t have a clue what the Nats are doing, and just assumes that Davey wants Backman on his coaching staff.

    Either could be true, but I wonder if this guy bothered to talk to Mike Rizzo, who does have some say in the matter.

  5. arrooo - Oct 11, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Once again in wallis career, Tim tuefel beats him out. Sad

    • Old Gator - Oct 11, 2011 at 11:58 AM

      Teufel used to substitute for Backman at second base for the Mutts. In those cases, Backman’s fielding made Teufel look pretty sad.

  6. Old Gator - Oct 11, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Ugh. I wasn’t paying attention and opened up a full page of the New York Pestilence to read the Backman article. Well, that’ll keep me from overeating at breakfast and looking like Prince Fielder. Anyway, Backman will make someone a terrific manager. Davey, who managed him for years, knows and appreciates what he’s got there, a voracious competitor and baseball-savvy guy, and if the Gnats luck out and get him they’ll be the threat to contend in the NL East that they seem to be all that much faster.

  7. Kyle - Oct 11, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    I fully support any decision that gets a man with Wally’s tantrum skills one step closer to being a big league manager.

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