Found October 11, 2011 on Matthew Cerrone's Mets Blog:
Wally Backman is considering whether to become Davey Johnson third-base coach with the Nationals, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports, according to a team source. “Johnson may look to groom Backman for the managerial job, much in the same manner Bobby Cox took Fredi Gonzalez under his wing with the Braves before retiring,” the source told Puma. Well, this seemed inevitable, didn’t it? He should do it. I love knowing that Wally is in the Mets organization. However, from what I understand, though they like him very much, and value his impact on young players, the current front office is still concerned about how he’d handle New York City’s media (not just in press conferences, but before, after and in between). As such, I think there is very little chance he ends up in their big-league dugout to start a season, because there is less accountability for a bench coach. Instead, I’ve heard they prefer he spend a year or two in Buffalo, sort of keep proving his worth… and then see wher...
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