Backman to remain with Mets

November, 6, 2011
11/06/11
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Wally Backman will stay with the organization and accept their offer to manage Triple-A Buffalo, he told Bob Klapisch in the Record.

Backman indicated that a conversation with Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson, his skipper with the champion '86 Mets, was influential in convincing him to remain.

“We talked for about two hours, and he really thinks it’s in my best interest to not go anywhere,” Backman told Klapisch. “Actually Davey was adamant about it -- that’s how strongly he feels that I’m going to manage (the Mets) someday. And I do trust him.”
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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