Adam Rubin reports that Wally Backman and his belly fire will be the new manager of the Double-A Binghamton Mets, a big promotion from last year's role at the helm of the Brooklyn Cyclones of the NY Penn league, some three levels below Binghamton. Tim Teufel, who managed Binghamton last year, will shuffle on up to Triple-A Buffalo to replace Ken Oberkfell, who in turn was promoted to the big club to serve as Terry Collins's bench coach.
Rubin notes a few other changes in Binghamton:
The Triple-A staff also is expected to include Ricky Bones returning as pitching coach and Luis Natera serving as hitting coach. Natera was the Bisons' hitting coach during the first half of the 2009 season, before being sent to Binghamton for the remainder of that season.
Jack Voigt, who was Buffalo's hitting coach last season, is expected to assume Mookie Wilson's former role as minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator.