Backman done as Triple-A manager
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.