Back­man done as Triple-A man­ager

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Wally Back­man in­sisted Tues­day that he re­signed as man­ager of the Mets’ Triple-A af­fil­i­ate be­cause of a lack of re­spect and re­peat­edly get­ting passed over for the ma­jor-league staff.

“It didn’t look like there was any fu­ture for me,” Back­man told WFAN. “... I felt I earned more than I’ve been given. The things that went on this year turned my head in the di­rec­tion (that) it was time to move on.””

Back­man, 56, had man­aged in the Mets sys­tem since 2010 and led Triple-ALas Ve­gas for the last five sea­sons.

Mets gen­eral man­ager Sandy Alder­son and Back­man both have said Back­man’s depar­ture from the 51s is a res­ig­na­tion, although mul­ti­ple pub­lished re­ports have la­beled it as a fir­ing. Those re­ports por­trayed Back­man as be­ing in­sub­or­di­nate, al­le­ga­tions he called “hog­wash.”

“Who­ever put that out there, the source within the sys­tem, they lied,” Back­man said. “And that’s the part that (up­sets me).”

Back­man said he played a large role in ad­vis­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion to ac­quire James Loney, Rene Rivera and Jose Reyes and never re­ceived any ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

It’s widely known that Alder- son has never been en­am­ored with Back­man, a pop­u­lar 1986 Met whose hir­ing was fu­eled by own­er­ship. Asked about his re­la­tion­ship with Alder­son and Mets man­ager Terry Collins, Back­man said, “It’s not Terry. Terry and I talked all the time.

“I thought (Alder­son) re­spected me as a base­ball per­son. I guess I wasn’t the pro­to­typ­i­cal per­son that he liked.”

Back­man said he was dis­ap­pointed that he did not join the Mets for Septem­ber af­ter the com­ple­tion of the Triple-A sea­son, not­ing that most clubs bring up the man­ager of their top af­fil­i­ate.

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