There was a time before Terry Collins took over managing the New York Mets that most Mets fans wanted former second baseman Wally Backman to take over the team. New York had hired Backman to manage its Triple-A team and to sort of be their manager in waiting.
On Monday, the Mets decided to fire Backman, citing a “pattern of defiance.”
One person in the organization told Newsday that there was tension between Backman and team officials over player development and that Backman was sort of “doing his own thing.”
The New York Post reported that officials were angry that Brandon Nimmo wasn’t getting time in the leadoff spot and that Backman refused to start Michael Conforto against lefties.
Not much you can do there. As CBS Sports noted, Backman was falling out of favor with the Mets for quite some time and this latest incident was the final nail in the coffin.