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Wally Backman to join major league coaching staff

Las Vegas skipper Wally Backman will be joining the Mets coaching staff next Friday.

Wally Backman will be joining the Mets coaching staff for the remainder of the season beginning Friday, September 19.

The recently crowned PCL Manager of the Year piloted the Las Vegas 51s to an 81-63 record and divisional championship this season. The 51s were eliminated in the playoffs three games to one by the Reno Aces.

Backman has become a polarizing figure in Mets land during recent years because of the team's perceived need of a kick in the rear. Backman's gritty attitude and winning experience with the 1986 Mets is supposedly just what the Amazins need to reach their full potential.

Although Backman is still not the Mets' manager, he's been moving up in the ranks steadily and maybe someday he will earn a coveted major league position. For now, he continues to be a valuable member of the organization.

In his five seasons managing within the Mets organization, Backman has posted an overall record of 345-302.