Backman may bolt for Nats

October, 11, 2011
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Adam Rubin
Wally Backman is considering joining the Washington Nationals as a major league coach, according to the Post.
With the Mets set to interview former Nationals manager Jim Riggleman for the bench coach position Wednesday, Wally Backman may be headed the opposite direction.

Backman is considering joining the Washington Nationals as a major league coach on the staff of his former manager, Davey Johnson, the Post reports.

Sandy Alderson suggested last week on a conference call to announce Mets coaching changes that Backman was poised to become Triple-A Buffalo manager. If Backman remains with the Mets organization and fills that role, he would succeed Tim Teufel as Bisons skipper. Teufel is replacing departed Chip Hale as Mets third base coach.

Backman managed Double-A Binghamton this past season. He rejoined the organization in 2009 to manage the Brooklyn Cyclones.

"Wally has a history of motivating his players and having success," Alderson said last week.

UPDATE: Bill Ladson, who covers the Nationals for MLB.com, reports Washington does not intend to put Backman on its major league staff.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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