Mets retain Wally Backman as manager of their Triple-A affiliate
Wally Backman will remain in the Mets organization as the manager of their new Triple-A affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s, general manager Sandy Alderson said this afternoon.
Backman, 53, has managed in the teamís minor-league system for the past three seasons. He was one of the four finalists for the major-league managerial job in 2010, a position awarded to Terry Collins. Collins has yet to receive a contract extension past 2013.
The team retained its entire coaching staff for this coming season, despite an 88-loss campaign in 2012. Backman had passed over an offer to assist on his former manager Davey Johnsonís staff in Washington this season.
The Metsí brain trust visited the new complex in Las Vegas on Thursday. The team signed a two-year agreement with the 51s of the Pacific Coast League in September. They had spent the previous four seasons with Buffalo in the International League. Team officials have considered playing an exhibition in Las Vegas before the 2013 season begins.