And The New Mets Manager Should Be…

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I think I’ve been pretty clear as to who should be the next Mets manager.  To hear what I think about the people that shouldn’t be, or to hear from Wally Backman himself, listen to the Gotham Nation podcast.


8 thoughts on “And The New Mets Manager Should Be…

    Frank Dowd said:
    November 2, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Interesting podcast Mark………….just found your site and intend to follow. If you believe that the Ivy League educated Alderson whose is trying to change the culture in the Mets organization is going to hire Backman and then see him embarass the organization by telling the media to go f*ck themselves (apparently the extent of Wally’s vocabulary) after his first 3 game losing streak, your dreaming. Having a KRod in the pen and in the dugout ready to punch out the first person to criticize him ain’t gonna happen.

    Mark Healey responded:
    November 2, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Frank, thanks for reading and for commenting.

    I don’t think Sandy’s an elitist, and Wally has been on very good behavior for about a decade. Considering that Jeff Wilpon had an extensive background check on Wally before giving him the Brooklyn job, I think Wally’s desire to be a big league skipper outweighs his willingness to do anything potentially embarrassing to the club. I think Alderson will be pleasantly surprised by Wally’s baseball intellect.

    As a member of the media myself, it might be refreshing if a Mets manager told us to go f&^k ourselves, especially considering some of the idiotic questions that get asked in postgame pressers. Far more preferable to the yuckfest of the last 2 1/2 years, and I liked Jerry.

    I could live with Oberkfell, Teufel, Edgar Alfonzo, or even Tony Tijerina. Brining in any of these other re-tread snoozers is foolish.

    But that’s just one man’s opinion.

      Frank Dowd said:
      November 2, 2010 at 4:59 pm

      Agree with you on the retreads. If management is going to look to someone with no mlb experience the NY press might famiarlize themselves with the name Tony DeFrancesco. Manager of the Sacramento River Cats (Oakland A’s AAA) with a lot of success in the past eitht years. Check him out. If not to manage maybe a coach in the future, but as you point out he would probably not energize the masses in NY. Thanks for responding Mark.

    Greg Domke said:
    November 2, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Mark – I enjoyed your perspective/insight about Backman as manager for the Mets. From my perspective, most of the media this spring and summer (eg, Lennon of Newsday and Harper of Daily News) were talking like Backman was likely the next manager for the Mets. Then, as soon as Alderson was nearing the 2nd interview, Lennon did an about face and started to say he was not likely. The same is coming from Adam Rubin as recently as today in a live chat. In fact, he said 2 things of note: One was that even though Alderson said in Friday’s press conference that he was open to a “fiery manager”, Rubin said this: “I took out of the press conference intelligence and the ability to handle New York as prerequisites as well.” So, there’s that label again on Backman of not being smart enough and not thick-skinned enough for NY, which I find frustrating. The other thing of note, and which I find both sobering and depressing, was that Rubin pointed to someone in the organization that is telling him that Backman will not be the next Mets manager, which would also explain why Lennon did such an about face. Also depressing is to hear Rubin say that if he were betting, he would think the next Mets manager would be one of these four: Chip Hale, Clint Hurdle, Bob Melvin or Don Wakamatsu. Ugh.

    I mention Rubin alot, but it’s the same chatter I’m hearing from a majority of the NY media these last 2 weeks, but which has really gained steam since Friday. So, being that you are someone from the media and with your own sources, please give me hope that this is a revsible situation, and that not having Wally as manager next year, or that it goest to one of the 4 mentioned above, is not already a foregone conclusion as it appears to be at this point.

      Mark Healey responded:
      November 2, 2010 at 6:23 pm

      Of the four, Hurdle is the only acceptable alternative of that group.

      Hale is one of Jerry’s coaches, but c’mon, the likable coach of the fired manager Part 2?

      Why the Mets would want two failed Seattle managers in Wakamatsu and Melvin (who won’t even have Bryan Price as his PC, which might have canceled out his own thorough ordinariness) is beyond me.

      As for Rubin, I have no comment…yet.

    vince said:
    November 5, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    As I told Joel Sherman, Backman either succeeds or flames out trying. Either of the two previous could have been replaced by CD-ROM. The Mets having their own “Billy Martin” ? That would be fun and a big draw…but hasn’t Backman’s paid internship in Brooklyn been more than enough to show that he’s ready be AT LEAST as successful as Joe Girardi (likely better)? He can help remove the deadwood and get this thing rolling again.

    vince said:
    November 5, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    As told to Joel Sherman : Backman gets the opportunity to fuel the surge or flame out.
    Housecleaning in order. Laughing is for winners, Francoeur is gone. Beltran next, along
    with the rest of the Minaya experiment. “Expect to win”…whatever size ball (look at SF).
    We have the pitching and the yard…and the Yankees to surpass. Go Mets Go

    Sandy, This Ain’t Padooka « Gotham Nation said:
    November 5, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    […] Everyone who reads this blog knows who I think should be the manager but there are others who seriously should be considered if Alderson refuses to see the low risk-high reward advatages of hiring a Wally Backman. […]

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