Wally Backman On WFAN: Terry Collins Wanted Me To Succeed Him As Mets Manager

Joe & Evan
December 04, 2018 - 3:08 pm
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NEW YORK (WFAN)-- After a bit of a hiatus, Wally Backman is back and involved with baseball in the New York area.

Backman famously fell out with ex-Mets’ general manager Sandy Alderson in a dispute that eventually led to Backman leaving his post as manager of the Las Vegas 51s when they were still the Mets’ affiliate in Triple-A baseball. Now, Backman has been named the new manager of the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

On Tuesday, the 1986 World Series champion joined “Joe & Evan” to talk about his new job and the latest about his relationship with the Mets.

Much of the early conversation focused on Backman’s relationship with Alderson, who was New York’s GM from 2010-2018. The 59-year-old former Met was asked about what exactly went wrong in Las Vegas back in 2016. 

“That’s a tough question to answer,” said Backman. “There was a lot of things that were said. Everybody knew that, I guess, I wasn’t a Sandy Alderson guy. I never disrespected the man. I developed players for him, but there was a falling out there. I still have a good relationship with the Mets, Sandy and I just didn’t see eye to eye.”

Backman managed the 51s for three successful seasons before the drama began to really surface.

The reported reason for the disintegration of Backman and Alderson’s relationship was that Backman wasn’t playing Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto where Alderson wanted them to be played during their time in Triple-A. In 2016, Backman went on WFAN and denied that he refused orders about Nimmo and Conforto. He claimed he was disrespected and left on his own accord.

There was a time when it seemed like Backman could go on to succeed Terry Collins as Mets' manager, but that never happened.

"I was very close to Terry Collins. I thought we worked well together. I thought I was the guy-in-waiting. And it basically didn't happen. Like I said, Sandy and I, for some reason, have never seen eye to eye, and I really don't know why ... I knew Terry was coming to the end of his contract and I believe Terry wanted me to be the guy as well."

Listen to the full interview below: