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Why does this guy get pimped so much for big league managerial jobs? His resume doesn't strike me as exceptional. What am I missing?
As manager of the Las Vegas 51s, baseball’s most challenging Triple-A affiliate
First of all, I don't think that Terry Collins has done anything to deserve to be fired.
But if he is fired, who exactly would be clearly better and more logical as a candidate than Backman
I like Wally and buy that he's held up his end of the sanity bargain since joining the Mets, but Pedro Lopez has been doing quite well at Binghamton and deserves a look as well.
“I think I’m still the same guy. I’m going to stick up for my players, I’m going to fight for my players. I may not throw the bats and the balls on the field anymore and stuff like that. If that’s calming down, I guess that’s calming down. But I’ve definitely got the players’ backs. If they get thrown out, I’m probably going with them 90 percent of the time. Right or wrong.”
Backman is the manager of the team's Triple-A affiliate, which is traditionally a place that a team looks to in hiring a new manager in mid-season.
Is this true? Maybe I'm missing some obvious ones but I feel like a bench coach or some random guy from outside the organization is the one that fills that role on mid-season moves. I don't have the impression that teams that are typically doing poorly (which is why they fired the manager) are going to unsettle their AAA team.
The Cubs have Quade and Kimm in the last 10 years or so.
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