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No room at Mets inn for Backman?


In his normal daily meeting with reporters Monday in Miami, Mets manager Terry Collins said all of his coaches will be returning to the team in 2013. That includes third-base coach Tim Teufel, the Bisons' manager in 2011, and bullpen coach Ricky Bones, who was the pitching coach in Buffalo from 2009-2011. 

It also means there appears to be no spot available for Wally Backman (above), who managed the Bisons this season and has spent the last three weeks with the Mets. 

The Mets conceivably want Backman to spend another year in Triple-A but he's made it known he's wary of the travel involved in the Pacific Coast League now that the Mets' top farmhands will be in Las Vegas rather than Coca-Cola Field.

Backman, remember, talked to his longtime mentor and former Mets manager Davey Johnson about a coaching job with the Washington Nationals last winter. But Johnson advised him to take the job in Buffalo instead so Backman could have a Triple-A managerial stint on his resume.

Backman and Johnson will certainly talk again this offseason. Wonder how much the conversation changes this time.

By the way, Jeurys Familia makes his big-league debut as a starter tonight for the Mets against the Marlins. Familia made a team-high 28 starts for Backman this season in Buffalo, going 9-9 with a 4.73 ERA. 

---Mike Harrington
Twitter: @BNHarrington 

(Backman photo by Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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