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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Wally Backman: Sandy Alderson is ‘not an honest man’; feels betrayed by Mets | MLB | Sporting News

Wally, Wally, Wally. This talk won’t help you.

“There’s been a bad roadblock, and I know where it’s coming from,” Backman said in a phone interview with NorthJersey.com’s Bob Klapisch. “In the last phone call I had with Sandy he said, ‘I will do anything I can to help you.’ But he is not an honest man. People are telling me, ‘Sandy has it in for you. You’re being blackballed.’

“I’ve talked to several teams, and every one of them has said, ‘You’re overqualified.’ How can you be overqualified when you’re trying to win? No one is overqualified unless there’s something else going on.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2017 at 06:59 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. akrasian Posted: January 11, 2017 at 09:31 AM (#5381515)
Yes, Backman has shown over the years he has what employers want. After the Diamondbacks fiasco, he gradually has worked his way back - and now publically blasts the GM of the Mets AND the owner. That will surely encourage other teams to give him a shot.
   2. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: January 11, 2017 at 10:14 AM (#5381538)
After the Diamondbacks fiasco, he gradually has worked his way back - and now publically blasts the GM of the Mets AND the owner.

Don't forget that he was fired by the White Sox because he was rooting for their big league squad to fail.
   3. Lassus Posted: January 11, 2017 at 11:12 AM (#5381579)
People are telling me, ‘Sandy has it in for you. You’re being blackballed.’

I wonder if the people are Pete Rose.
   4. catomi01 Posted: January 11, 2017 at 11:16 AM (#5381583)
What is special about Backman that he keeps hanging around despite all the issues? Has he shown anything in his track record that makes teams think he'd be an asset to the big league club (or at least enough of an asset to put up with the headaches?)
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 11, 2017 at 11:22 AM (#5381589)
This guy comes off as a huge crybaby who has an inflated sense of his own value to an organization.
   6. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: January 11, 2017 at 11:34 AM (#5381603)
What a clown.
   7. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 11, 2017 at 11:36 AM (#5381605)
Tim Teufel is still in the Mets' organization. They should just give the job to him.
   8. Ron J Posted: January 11, 2017 at 11:40 AM (#5381610)
#4 He does have a Sporting News minor league manager of the year award (2004), a PCL manager of the year (2014) and has led some teams to good records.

He seems at minimum conventionally qualified for a major league job. And carries around a certain amount of baggage.

Pretty sure I would not want him as a manager of any team I was running. As you suggest there doesn't seem to me to be enough positive to make we want to deal with what I judge to be moderately likely headaches.
   9. SoSH U at work Posted: January 11, 2017 at 11:44 AM (#5381613)
If he had just kept his mouth shut when the Diamondbacks shitcanned him for his dishonesty, went back to the minors and started rebuilding his reputation, he might have gotten that second chance. But then he wouldn't be Wally.

   10. akrasian Posted: January 11, 2017 at 11:59 AM (#5381629)
In terms of "Overqualified" - that is often code for "We want somebody younger, who we might develop into suitable for a better position". Teams likely don't want a 57 year old managing in the minors who has been somewhat successful but not enough to make up for his PITA tendencies.
   11. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: January 11, 2017 at 12:28 PM (#5381666)
At this point I'm now back to confusing Backman with Lenny Dykstra. It's been a long time since either of them stepped onto a ballfield, and at some point all undersized white Mets just kind of blend into one creepy action figure.
   12. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 11, 2017 at 12:30 PM (#5381669)
That's not quite fair - if nothing else, you should be able to tell ex-'80s Mets apart by when they got arrested and what for.
   13. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: January 11, 2017 at 12:35 PM (#5381674)
That's not quite fair - if nothing else, you should be able to tell ex-'80s Mets apart by when they got arrested and what for.

That'd definitely fall into the category of TMI.
   14. The Yankee Clapper Posted: January 11, 2017 at 01:26 PM (#5381716)
In terms of "Overqualified" - that is often code for "We want somebody younger, who we might develop into suitable for a better position". Teams likely don't want a 57 year old managing in the minors who has been somewhat successful but not enough to make up for his PITA tendencies.

Yes, but age discrimination is illegal.
   15. Tin Angel Posted: January 11, 2017 at 01:30 PM (#5381721)
Backman is going to manage in the Mexican League despite speaking little Spanish. How exactly is that going to work? From Bob Klapisch's article:

Backman, who speaks only a few words of Spanish, insists he’s not worried about the language barrier. He’s a motivator, and besides, he says, there’s a universality about winning that’ll make the gig a little easier.


I'm imagining this as being similar to Kenny Powers' time there.
   16. JohnQ Posted: January 11, 2017 at 03:17 PM (#5381834)
I don't understand how Alderson has enough power to blacklist him throughout MLB baseball. Wally just seems like a massive pain in the neck that teams don't want to deal with. Wally was out of baseball after that D-Backs fiasco and the Wilsons basically threw him a bone and gave him a job at single A when nobody else would.

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