Straw: Wally next to manage Mets

January, 25, 2011
1/25/11
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Darryl Strawberry on Tuesday night predicted Wally Backman will be the next manager of the Mets. Backman was officially named Double-A Binghamton manager a day earlier.

"Wally will be the next manager of the Mets, in my opinion," Strawberry said. "I don’t have much say, but I thought he would’ve been the right choice for them. Not taking anything away from Terry [Collins]. He’s a great man and I think he’ll probably do a great job turning these guys around. But I think Wally’s in the future, as far as the manager, and I think he’ll be a super manager.

“He played on the ’86 Mets. Were you around when ’86 happened? He was one of our fiery players, a gutty type of guy who did everything. He would scrap, get on base, and played the game the right way. When you see guys playing the game the right way, you know they understand the game."

Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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