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Wally Backman opens up about departure from Mets organization

By Michelle Ioannou
May 28, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets former infielder Wally Backman is introduced to the crowd during a pregame ceremony honoring the 1986 World Series Championship team prior to the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
May 28, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets former infielder Wally Backman is introduced to the crowd during a pregame ceremony honoring the 1986 World Series Championship team prior to the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports /
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Wally Backman has left the Mets organization.

Backman was a manager for the Mets in the minors since 2010. But, it’s no secret that the former Met wanted to be a manager in the majors. Backman appeared on Mike Francesa’s show on WFAN this afternoon.

What did we find out in this interview? A whole lot. I unfortunately didn’t listen to it live as I was at work, but I’d like to thank Brian Monzo of WFAN for live tweeting everything. If you haven’t checked his tweets out yet, please do.

Anyways, now, what did we find out?

Well, Backman left on his own free will because he felt as though there weren’t any opportunities for him in Flushing in the future.

We found out that Backman did what he was told to do with both Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo, who we all know flip-flopped quite a bit between the majors and minors this season.

We found out that Backman was involved in leading the team to acquiring both James Loney and Rene Rivera, as well as giving the Mets early information on Jose Reyes.

The biggest thing we found out? Backman felt disrespected by the Mets organization.

“The respect for him wasn’t there.” Kills me to hear that, especially regarding a former Met. As if this wasn’t enough, it turns out that Backman told the Mets that he wanted the bench coach position — and obviously, as we all know, he is currently not the Mets’ bench coach so that ask was denied.

In fact, he felt as though he was passed over many times in terms of coaching in the majors. He felt as though “he had earned more than what he got with the Mets.”

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And now, I’ll just leave you all with this. Take what you want from this newfound piece of information you now have.

I’m sure many of you aren’t surprised.

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