11.10.10

Pearlman To Mets : Just Hire Backman Already

Posted in Baseball at 12:45 pm by

You can count “The Bad Guys Won” author Jeff Pearlman amongst those touting Wally Backman’s qualifications for the Mets’ managerial vacancy.  “let me be the 100,542nd person to endorse him,” Pearlman gushes, though he offers a reason or 3 beyond mere nostalgia.

Backman is exactly what the Mets need. He doesn™t take shit. He™s hard-nosed and gritty and a big piece of the franchise™s history. He™s insanely hungry. Most important, he™ll manage the sort of team that Citi Field requires. Throughout his minor league managerial career, Backman™s specialty has been run generation. He doesn™t field teams that wait for home runs. He steals, he hits and runs, he bunts, he demands hard slides and balls-out intensity. For years, the Mets have been extremely dull. Backman is anything but. Really, he™s the ideal candidate. No question.

In stark contrast, upon learning Backman has been summoned for a second interview with Mets GM Sandy Alderson, Hardball Talk’s Craig Calcaterra dismisses such news as, “kabuki theater being put on by the team in order to make it appear that they are actually taking a hard look at the man who, inexplicably, has become the darling of the talk radio wing of the Mets fan base.”

He has never coached or managed in the big leagues. He has never coached or managed at AAA. He hasn™t even been in AA ball for the better part of a decade. While some point to his success managing the Brooklyn Cyclones, that™s the New York-Penn League for cryin™ out loud. Entry level for anyone, but apparently not Backman, according to his supporters.  Why? Because he played for the Mets. Goody, so did Kevin McReynolds, and I don™t see him on anyone™s short list

4 Responses to “Pearlman To Mets : Just Hire Backman Already”

  1. Charles says:

    A mere two posts after CSTB asks who will replace Joe Morgan as a man to represent the dumb voice of antiquated baseball theory, you quote Jeff Pearlman’s defense of Wally Backman: bunting, stealing bases and grit.

    We have a winner!

  2. GC says:

    there’s no stat that measures desire, Charles. Or is there? Seriously, can’t they come up with one?

  3. Charles says:

    It is the real failing of Billy Beane. If he could write Moneyball why couldn’t he calculate heart?

  4. Scott G. says:

    There is no reason why Backman can’t manage the Mets. He was good enough to be hired by ARZ, so why would he be less qualified now. His intelligence has been played down and his fiery personality is overplayed. He knows how to deal with the NY press and he knows how to get the most from his players. Sign me up. Although with the Mets new FO, i trust the process, whoever they decide to hire.

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