Much to the pleasure of Mets fans everywhere, Wally Backman has decided to stay with the New York Mets organization to possibly manage the Buffalo Bisons.
With rumors over the possibility of him hightailing it to DC to be the bench coach for Davey Johnson on the Nationals team, Backman said:
It was a long-thought process. I started at 17 years old with the Mets and I’m gonna stay with the Mets.
I feel like there’s unfinished business. The organization is going in the right direction. And I want to be a part of it.
Tim Teufel, former Bisons manager, is now the third base coach for the Mets. So who the next manager will be has yet to be seen. However, every year since Backman started to manage in the minors he has moved to the next level. It only makes sense he manages the Triple-A club now.
It is great to know that Backman really believes in the organization and wants to stick around to be a part of it. I would love it if he does come up to big club by 2013 in some form. Do not look for a chance for him to be manager until at least 2014 since the Mets decided to exercise Terry Collins’ option for 2013.
I still think he should’ve been the Mets bench coach for 2012.
Source: New York Post