Archive: October 5th, 2009

Hire Wally – Sign the Petition

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.

Today, Jon Heyman reported that the Mets are considering bringing Wally back:

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.


Alicea and Alomar Fired

luis-aliceaIn a stunning move that is certain to change the fortunes of the Mets and culture in the clubhouse, first-base coach Luis Alicea and bench coach Sandy Alomar, Sr. were relieved of their duties.

What percentage of Mets fans, do you think, actually knew the name of the team’s first-base coach?

Of the entire coaching staff, those were the last two people I thought would get the ax. But perhaps on further review of the video, we may see that the Mets hitters did a terrible job of rounding the first base bag and getting good leads. And it IS the little things that win and lose ballgames.

In related news, Razor Shines, Dan Warthen, Howard Johnson, and Randy Niemann will all be back in 2010 — though Shines will not return in the same role of third-base coach.

Shame about Alicea — he had finally earned himself a Wikipedia entry.


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.

Interestingly, the tune changed at MetsBlog over the past few weeks. And today Jon Heyman tweeted that the Mets may be bringing Wally back after all.

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.


Mets Game 162: Win Over Astros

Mets 4 Astros 0

Finally, it’s over.

The worst Mets season since Art Howe “lit up a room” has come to a close — and the team finished with a bang.

The Mets swept the ‘stros behind the spectacular pitching of Nelson Figueroa, who pitched the best game