Wally's Staying Applesauce: Backman Isn't Going to Washington, Mets Begin Bench Coach Interviews, Theo Epstein to Chicago?

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As of Tuesday morning, it sounded like there was a chance that Wally Backman would take a job assisting his former manager Davey Johnson with the Washington Nationals. Fast forward to Tuesday evening and it was confirmed that Backman will not be leaving the Mets organization to take a big league job with the Nats. It looks as if the Post's Mike Puma must have gotten yet another bad scoop (ahem ahem cough cough).

The Mets own coaching search begins today, as former Nats manager Jim Riggleman is listed first on the docket. Perhaps Riggleman's Smartball might be a key component to the 2012 Mets (gag). Or is Larry Bowa still a candidate for the job?

Bud Selig is confident in the Mets' finances and says that they are making good progress in their search for a minority investor. No comment here. All I want to know is how will the Mets go about filling the closer role for 2012?

On this day in 1986, Lenny Dykstra hit a two run walk off home run in game 3 of the NLCS. Over at his blog, Howard Megdal shares his memories of this game.

SNY's Ted Berg compares R.A. Dickey to Havarti cheese in only the way a sandwich expert could.

Finally, I'm glad to know that the outcome of this post was what it was because anything conclusion other than "Hell No" would've been really scary.

Around the League

The Tigers beat the Rangers 5-2 on Tuesday behind a solid 7.1 innings from Doug Fister. Detroit is now down two games to one in the best of seven series. Game four is scheduled for this afternoon at 4:19 PM on Fox. Matt Harrison starts for the Rangers and he'll face off against New Jersey native Rick Porcello.

The NLCS heads to St. Louis even at one game apiece. Game three can be seen on TBS at 8:05 PM. Yovani Gallardo pitches for the Brewers and he will face off against Chris Carpenter for the Cardinals.

According to a number of rumors, Theo Epstein is going to be announced as the new Chicago Cubs General Manager in the very near future. The only hitch seems to be the Red Sox insistence on receiving hefty compensation for letting Epstein leave.

Joe Posnanski runs down the worst contracts in baseball. It's scary to think about but there are certainly some pretty obvious parallels to Jose Reyes in his Carl Crawford rundown.

Jimmy Rollins is looking for a five year contract and says he wants to stay with the Phillies, yet he's not willing to take a hometown discount. Any chance Jimmy would be interested in coming to the Mets? Not sure what his response actually means but I'll assume it means no. Good...good.

Nolan Ryan is totally judgmental, in GIF format.

Finally, there was some really good news in San Francisco, as Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was brutally attacked on opening day in Los Angeles, was transferred to a long term rehabilitation center. Stow had been in the hospital for nearly six and a half months and has taken major strides in his recovery in the past few weeks.

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