Over a year ago a petition was started requesting the return Wally Backman to the Mets organization.
The petition is still alive, and now is a good time to sign it if you haven’t already and believe he should be given another chance.
Contrary to popular belief, this petition was not to make Wally the manager of the Mets. All his supporters want is for Backman to be given a shot to work somewhere inside the organization:
We believe his history as a New York Met coupled with his outstanding minor league track record would make him a great fit for a coaching job somewhere in the Mets organization. Do the right thing and give Wally Backman a second chance in affiliated baseball.
The team now appears willing to give scrappy fan favorite Wally Backman a second chance to return to baseball in a minor-league job. Backman has technically not been given a new position yet, but he’s been told they’d like to hire him and have invited him for an interview that is expected to be a formality.
That sounds to me like the team could be fishing for public support — otherwise why wouldn’t they have simply hired him and not “leaked” the possibility of hiring him. So, if you think Wally Backman deserves a chance to work with the Mets minor leaguers, it may help to sign the petition.
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