Wally Backman left the Mets in Sept. 2016 to pursue other opportunities in baseball, though he later told the Bergen Record's Bob Klapisch that he resigned before being fired.
Backman, 58, was unable to find a job in MLB this past winter. Instead, he was hired to manage Monclova of the Mexican League, but was fired after 42 games due in part to not speaking Spanish. He was soon hired to be the bench coach for rival Pericos Dr Puebla, which qualified for the Mexican League's postseason.
Backman's split from the Mets was attributed to reported disagreements with Alderson, which often ranged from the distribution of playing time to public comments about the organization, to lineup construction, sources later told Newsday's David Lennon.
Spring training baseball game, Sunday, March 6, 2011 in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
In an interview with WFAN the following January, Backman dismissed the notion that he disregarded Alderson's instruction. He also reiterated that it was his choice to leave the organization because he believed he was being disrespected by the team's management.
"It didn't look like there was any future for me," Backman explained. "When you work for an organization and do everything, you want to be respected for what you do. I just felt for my time being there the respect wasn't there."
Backman also told WFAN that he was disappointed when not asked to join the Mets bench during their playoff run in September of 2015 and 2016, which he said is a time most clubs bring up the manager of their top affiliate. The Mets did, however, add Single-A St. Lucie manager Luis Rojas for the final weeks of 2016.
In 2011, Alderson interviewed Backman during the team's search for a new manager. The Mets eventually hired Terry Collins, while assigning Backman to manage the organization's Double-A affiliate. He was promoted the next season to lead Alderson's Triple-A affiliate, where Backman remained until leaving the franchise in 2016.
During his time with the Mets, Backman was reportedly considered for coaching positions by the Marlins and Nationals.
In early 2017, Alderson told reporters that no team had ever contacted him about Backman, who previously told Klapisch that he was being blackballed across Major League Baseball.
"Backman is a good baseball man," Alderson told Adam Rubin. "Wally did a good job for us at Las Vegas, but nobody has called about him."