Tag:Wally Backman
Posted on: November 12, 2010 2:17 pm

Mets narrowing manager search

Terry Collins, Clint Hurdle and Bob Melvin are the Mets' "leading candidates" for their open managerial position, ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin reports .

Rubin says current third-base coach Chip Hale could be called back for another interview, while Cardinals third-base coach Jose Oquendo could get an interview.

Hurdle has also interviewed for the still-vacant Pirates job, and appears to be the favorite there.

The Mets have already interviewed Dave Jauss, Don Wakamatsu, DeMarlo Hale and Wally Backman.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 9, 2010 11:02 pm

Backman to get another interview

Former Mets second baseman Wally Backman will get a second interview for the team's open managerial position, the Record reports .

Backman, who was the manager of the New York-Penn League Brooklyn Cyclones last season, was one of five internal candidates the Mets have already interviewed. Chip Hale, Terry Collins, Bob Melvin and Dave Jauss were the first group to interview with the team.

On Tuesday, the team met with DeMarlo Hale and will meet Clint Hurdle and Don Wakamatsu. General manager Sandy Alderson said the team will also talk to Ken Oberkfell, the manager of the Mets' Triple-A affiliate, either Thursday or Friday in the Dominican Republic, where he is managing a winter league team. Alderson added there may be addition candidates interviewed this weekend.

"I have been very pleased with the conversations," Alderson said. "As far as a timetable is concerned, we certainly want to have a manager by the winter meetings. It would be helpful to have it done by the end of the month and a logical deadline is Thanksgiving. I'm not sure we're going to make that."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 7:28 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2010 12:06 am

Mets continue managerial search

Wally Backman The Mets say they will interview in-house candidates Wally Backman, Terry Collins and Chip Hale this weekend in California.

Bob Melvin and Dave Jauss met with new general manager Sandy Alderson in New York on Thursday.

"We had productive meetings today with Bob Melvin and Dave Jauss as we begin the interview process for our manager position," Alderson said in a statement released by the team.

Melvin, the former Mariners and Diamondbacks manager, has been seen as the favorite for a while, even before the team fired Jerry Manuel.

Jauss was the team's bench coach last season.

Backman (pictured) was named manager in Arizona in 2004 before off-the-field transgressions came to light and he was dismissed four days later, only to be replaced by Melvin. He managed the Mets' short-season team in the New York-Penn League. Backman was an infielder for the Mets' 1986 World Series team.

Collins managed the Astros and Angels in the 90s and was the Mets' minor league field coordinator this season.

Hale was the team's third-base coach this season.

The team has said it will start interviews with outside candidates next week.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 2, 2010 10:03 am

Mets haven't started manager search

The Mets have their general manager in Sandy Alderson, but their choice of a field manager may still take some time, as the team has yet to schedule any interviews, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports.

Martino's list of candidates include Wally Backman, Chip Hale, Ken Oberkfell, Bob Melvin, Terry Collins, Clint Hurdle, Lee Mazzilli, Pete Mackanin and Don Wakamatsu.

Alderson said he wants to hire a manager within 30 days.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 28, 2010 5:40 pm
Edited on: October 28, 2010 5:43 pm

Mets to interview four in-house candidates

The Mets will likely interview four in-house candidates to be the next manager, but will also reach out beyond the organization.

SportsIllustrated.com's Jon Heyman says that third-base coach Chip Hale, Class A manager Wally Backman, Triple-A manager Ken Oberkfell and scout Bob Melvin, who skippered the Mariners and Diamondbacks previously, are the in-house candidates. Melvin is also in the running to take over Milwaukee.

Despite interviewing Backman, it is thought that Sandy Alderson has no interest in the ex-Met taking over. Alderson is a big believer that managers are there to do what the GM says and not make waves. That's not quite Backman's M.O.

Meanwhile, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News notes that ex-Jays skipper John Gibbons won't interview. That's a curious move, as Gibbons also pulled his name from consideration in Pittsburgh where he may have ended up with the gig. He was also thought to have a good shot in New York.

Pete Mackanin, bench coach of Philadelphia, may yet emerge as a candidate for the job as Martino adds.

Now that Sandy Alderson is officially the Mets' new general manager, the managerial seearch will be getting underway and should ramp up quickly so the GM can turn his focus to other matters.

  -- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 1, 2010 1:48 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:20 pm

Minaya, Manuel finished as Mets

Jerry Manuel Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel won't be returning to their respective roles with the Mets, SportsIllustrated.com's Jon Heyman confirms .

The fates of Minaya and Manuel (pictured) haven't been a secret, as its been assumed for quite a while now that the two would not return.

Manuel, the skipper, will have his 2011 option declined and will end his Mets tenure below .500. In roughly two and a half seasons, Manuel has a 202-212 record, with a current 77-82 mark that has the Mets in fourth place. While Manuel isn't a great manager, his struggles have been exacerbated by Minaya, who took over the Mets in 2005, by turning the team into an overpaid, aging and talentless squad kept afloat by the contributions of David Wright and Johan Santana.

The announcement, according to Heyman, will come prior to teams kicking off the postseason Wednesday. Since the Mets haven't contacted anyone about the GM opening, it will take a while to fill the position. The manager's gig will wait until after the general manager is found so the GM can have input on the hire.

Even though Minaya has a deal through 2012, the Mets are striking now because it's very clear Minaya did not and cannot do the job in New York. While he has an option to leave the organization, some feel he will remain and accept a reassigned role.

Names that could be the next GM of the Mets include White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn, ex-Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes and current MLB executive and former GM and president Sandy Alderson and Rangers GM Jon Daniels, who has an out clause in his deal. However, the Mets are reportedly concerned about ticket sales and may go after a higher-profile GM. Too bad they dragged their feet on Kevin Towers.

On the manager's front, Wally Backman and Bobby Valentine have been closely linked to the team. Valentine, of course, is a former Mets manager who returned from a successful stint in Japan and is now a television personality. Backman received the Diamondbacks' managerial job after the 2004 season but was fired days later when it was revealed he had significant legal and financial problems. A documentary, Playing for Peanuts , documented his return to managing in 2008 with the independent South Georgia Peanuts. Backman grabbed the Class A Brooklyn Cyclones gig for 2010 and won his division by 12 games.

As a popular ex-Met, Backman would go over with fans, as would Valentine.

UPDATE : Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets informed Minaya of his fate Friday.

-- Evan Brunell

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