Wally Backman gets his chance today to tell the New York Mets why he should be their next manager. It might already be too late for Backman, though, as reports have already surfaced that Terry Collins is the leading candidate for the job.
Collins managed the Astros and Angels for six seasons, compiling a 444-434 record. General manager Sandy Alderson said recently he looking for a "fiery manager," and Collins has that reputation. At 61, Collins has not managed in the majors since 1999. He spent last season as minor-league field coordinator for the Mets. He has also managed in Japan.
Amazin' Avenue took a close look at Collins' background. It is an impressive, varied one to say the least.
As for Backman, former Mets manager Davey Johnson has been offering him advice.
Backman, you might recall, was hired as Arizona Diamondbacks manager for the 2005 season, only to be fired four days later when his legal and financial troubles surfaced. He managed the Brooklyn Cyclones in the Mets organization this past season.