Wally Backman is on the job market again less than two months into his tenure in the Mexican League. A longtime minor league manager in the New York Mets organization and former Met himself, Backman saw the the Acereros de Monclova fire him after just 42 games.
Manager Wally Backman has been fired by the Acereros de Monclova of the Mexican League after only 42 games.
— Michael Mayer (@mikemayerMMO) May 19, 2017
It’s the second time in the past nine months he will be departing a job. Backman and the Mets parted ways after several years of the former infielder serving as a minor league manager with the Mets. Rumors swirled last year that the Mets fired Backman for a “pattern of defiance,” but the former 14-year MLB veteran countered that by saying in September he “didn’t see a future with the Mets at the major league level at this time.”
The Mexican League team posted Backman’s firing on Facebook. “We appreciate your effort and commitment given our organization and wish you every success in your career,” the organization announced.
Backman was said to be planning to audition for an MLB Network job this offseason, but his path instead went to Mexico. The 57-year-old served as manager for the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s, from 2013-16. He previously operated as a manager for the Mets’ Triple-A team, the Buffalo Bisons, in 2012. The Bisons became affiliated with the Blue Jays in 2013. Prior to that, he managed lower-level Mets affiliates — the St. Lucie Mets (High-A) and Binghamton Mets (Double-A) — prior to taking the job with the Blue Jays.
Regarded as a fiery presence, Backman certainly has experience managing in the minors. Prior to these positions, he managed four other minor league teams in four different states. So the Mexico trip wasn’t entirely out of character. However, this ouster may not look great on his resume.