Wally Backman is in the news again after John Erardi of the Cincinnati Enquirer shared some glowing remarks about the former Met and current manager of the Las Vegas 51s and suggested that he could be the right man to manage the Reds going forward.
“Much as I like the idea of Reds pitching coach Bryan Price being elevated to manage the Reds,” he writes. “I’d also think about going in search of a young version of Lou Piniella.”
I have no idea of who, almost a quarter of a century later, is the modern-day ‘‘Sweet Lou,’’ that is, somebody with attitude and confidence (even swagger), most notably with something to prove. he opines before answering his own question by saying he’d consider interviewing a Wally Backman-type, or better yet, Wally Backman himself.
If the Reds are looking for a fiery manager, I think Backman fits that mold. Of course, this is all speculation by Erardi and there’s no rumors out there that the Reds have any interest in interviewing Wally for the job, but maybe th