Bring Wally Back, Man!
Wouldn’t it be great if the Mets did in fact find it in their heart to bring Wally Backman back into the organization?
Funny that a little over a year ago, this was written on MetsBlog, in reference to a review of Playing for Peanuts:
The show is about Wally Backman’s return to managing in the independent league for the South Georgia Peanuts.
In Adam’s opinion, SNY must be showing this in an effort to soften Backman’s image – while trying to make him a more viable candidate to replace Willie Randolph.
I doubt this very much, actually. SNY is probably just trying to fill content. I mean, it was on today in the middle of the day, which is hardly prime-time viewing, and I was totally unaware it would be on.
Also, for what it’s worth, I have seen no evidence that Backman will ever be considered as manager of this team, seriously. From what i understand, a) Backman torched his bridge from Shea, and it will not be rebuilt – no matter how badly some Mets fans want to see him return, and, b) from what I understand, most all of MLB sees him as a total loose cannon, who, while entertaining, can be very, very unprofessional in a day and age when team’s have way too much money on the line.
I understand why some fans want to make him an icon, or want to believe his passion is a good thing. However, fact is, there are hundreds and hundreds of professional baseball teams and he has been unable to latch on to any of them. I mean, he quit the only job he could get, which was managing an Independent League team. Add these things together, plus consider this record, and I can’t see him back at Shea.
How quickly things change … losing can do that.
Matt Cerrone was right – Backman would not return to Shea. But he didn’t say anything about Citi Field.
Personally, I don’t want to see Wally named manager of the Mets right now. It’s Jerry Manuel’s job through the end of 2010, and the man should be given a chance to show what he can do with a “full stack” of ballplayers from game 1 through game 162. We’ll hope that no injuries occur, every player has a career year, and everyone executes perfect fundamentals and makes good decisions on their own.
Meantime, install Wally somewhere in the minors as a manager of young men, and let’s see what he can do with the talent of the most underrated farm system in baseball.