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Wally Backman has been named manager for Licey of the Dominican Republic winter-league (Rubin, Nov. 22).

Mets prospects Dilson Herrera and Hansel Robles are part of the Licey team roster.

Although it has not been made official, Backman is expected to return as manager of Triple-A Las Vegas in 2015.

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On the Bisons' pre-game show Sunday, in addition to confirming that Jenrry Mejia would move to the Bisons' bullpen, Wally Backman discussed his other prize pitchers, and his team's missing offense:

Overall on the Bisons' Offense:We haven't really played consistent baseball the last few weeks...Getting Satin back now could help us a lot... Our offense needs to pick it up, we're only averaging about 2.5 runs per game the last 14/15 days.

As Backman pointed out, promotions have hurt the Bisons. On Sunday, the Mets started Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Jordany Valdespin, Omar Quintanilla and Vinny Rottino, all of whom were Bisons at one point this year although in Nieuwenhuis's case, just for a day. Mike Baxter, himself a former Bison, is on the Mets' DL.?

Tags: Matt Harvey, Wally Backman, Toby Hyde
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In the Buffalo News, Jerry Sulivan writes a fawning profile of Wally Backman.

The Futurists Blog takes a look at Lucas Duda's career arc from his under-performance at U$C through his minor league power development and his current work in the outfield.

Tags: Lucas Duda, Wally Backman, Toby Hyde
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Will he get his wish?

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Today, the Buffalo Bisons officially announced that the Mets named Wally Backman to be the team's manager in 2012 and that the Mets had resigned 2011 Bisons MVP Valentino Pascucci to a minor league contract for 2012 with an invitation to Major League Spring Training.

Who would you rather have, the 52-year old Backman whose B-Mets went 65-76 in 2011 or the 33 year old Pascuci who hit .264/.375/.476 in 130 games for the Bisons a year ago?

Also, the Mets signed 31-year old OF/C Vinny Rottino to a minor league deal. ?In six seasons, Rottino is a career .293/.360/.433 hitter in AA. ?He's spent the last two seasons with Florida.

Tags: Buffalo Bisons, Val Pascucci, Wally Backman, Toby Hyde
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According to Adam Rubin, the Bisons will introduce Wally Backman as the team's next manager Thursday.

The Mets have moved Backman through the system fairly aggressively. ?After managing in short-season Brooklyn in 2010, they promoted him to double-A Binghamton in 2011 and now apparently, to triple-A Buffalo in 2012.

The good people of Buffalo will be guaranteed and entertaining, and quotable summer.

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According to the New York Post, Wally Backman could head to the Washington Nationals as Davey Johnson's third base for the 2012 season. ?Backman, after managing the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2010, was promoted to double-A Binghamton for 2011. ?He's made no secret of his desire to manage at the big league level, but the Mets are set there with Terry Collins. ?On the other hand, the Nationals could be looking for Johnson's successor: "the source said 68-year-old Johnson may look to groom Backman for the managerial job."

Does this matter? ?Not to me.

Backman is intense, and his players always play hard for him. ?This was true when he managed in the Arizona minor league system and with the Mets. ?On the other hand, has he been a special teacher for the Mets in the last two years? ?He's certainly been the subject of a lot of ink and pixels, but has that been key to the player development system?

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Binghamton Mets 6, @ Portland Sea Dogs- 11 innings

Eric Campbell's (3-5, 2B, RBI) rbi single broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the 11th inning, and Kai Gronauer?(1-4, HR(2), 3 RBI) added some insurance with a three-run home run to lead the B-Mets to an extra inning win over Portland.

The game was the first half of the annual Future Red Sox double-header, played at Fenway Park in Boston. ?The Red Sox AAA affiliate Pawtucket, played the second half of the event versus Syracuse.

Tags: Collin McHugh, Eric Campbell, Kai Gronauer, Wally Backman
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Wednesday, after helping the St. Lucie Mets win the first-half title, Matt Harvey and Matt den Dekker were promoted to AA Binghamton.

With the promotions, there has to be some roster shake-ups along the way. Here is Binghamton Mets manager Wally Backman talking about the new additions and other roster moves (via Press Connects):

On Harvey-?Harvey is a starter -- major league arm, major league stuff; big time.?He's can throw 95, 96, with a great breaking ball, great changeup. He's the real deal.

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Mike Silva of New York Baseball Digest says that Wally Backman will manage the Brooklyn Cyclones for the 2010 season.

Last month, Adam Rubin of the Daily News reported that Backman would manage a Single-A team in the Mets organization, which you can read here.

...i'm excited to see Backman back with the Mets...he has had his troubles recently, but he brings a lot of character and grittiness to the organization...

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In a post to NY Baseball Digest, Mike Silva explains why Wally Backman should be hired to replace Tony Bernazard, and run the team’s player development department.

Meanwhile, Bill Price of the Daily News asks, “Can we all now stop kidding ourselves that the Mets have a shot at the wild card?”

In a post to Brooklyn Met Fan, Adam explains why tonight’s a Must Win, adding, “I realize it’s borderline absurd to say tonight's game is a must win but if we’re gonna have any hope of landing the WC we simply cannot lose 3 of 4 to the D-Backs.”

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Yesterday, the Mets announced that Mike Piazza and Tom Seaver will be among several of the team’s former players who are expected to be in attendance on Sept. 28, when the Mets play their final regular-season game in Shea.

This is great news, because, frankly, I’m sick and tired of the Yankees having a monopoly on Tradition in New York City.

The thing is, if the Mets are going to welcome people like Seaver and Piazza, and Keith Hernandez and Darryl Strawberry, I hope they also invite people like Gregg Jefferies, Doc Gooden, Wally Backman and Todd Hundley.

Tags: Mike Piazza, Todd Hundley, Tom Seaver, Wally Backman
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