The Mets 2016 Double-A manager will replace former Met Wally Backman at the helm in Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas 51s will have a new manager leading the way in 2017. The New York Mets are picking from within the organization and have given the nod to Pedro Lopez to run things in Triple-A. The team announced on Monday that the long-time Double-A manager would receive this promotion after there was much speculation about who would be getting the job after the position was vacated in September.
Lopez, who’s been the manager in Binghamton for the last seven seasons, will be entering his tenth season with the organization overall. With the B-Mets (now known as the Rumbling Ponies), Lopez was 377-329 (.534), and led them to the Eastern League title in 2014. His success in the minors has made him an organizational favorite. Many insiders have pointed to Lopez as a possible future successor to Terry Collins in Queens once he decides to call it quits.
The move to name a new manager for the Las Vegas team comes just shy of three months after its former manager left the organization. Many Mets fans around the country loved Backman and hoped he’d eventually take over the reigns in Flushing. However, it seemed that after waiting and waiting for the call to come through, Wally determined it was never going to happen, and ultimately decided to just walk away.
At just 47 years of age, Lopez will be bringing a younger attitude to the Triple-A squad. The guys that he’ll be using on a day in and day out basis could end up playing a big part of the Mets plans at different points in the season. It’ll be interesting to see how the dynamic between the MLB club and the Triple-A affiliate changes with Lopez there. The organization seems to like him, the players like him, and he wins. To me, that sounds like a great combination.