Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Sources: Wally B-Mets bound
By Adam Rubin
Wally Backman, a finalist for the Mets' managerial position that went to Terry Collins, is expected to be named manager of Double-A Binghamton, according to organization sources.
Backman, who skippered Class A Brooklyn last season, last managed at the Double-A level with Birmingham in the Chicago White Sox organization in 2002 and '03.
Tim Teufel, who managed Binghamton last season, is expected to succeed Ken Oberkfell as Triple-A Buffalo manager.
The Triple-A staff also is expected to include Ricky Bones returning as pitching coach and Luis Natera serving as hitting coach. Natera was the Bisons' hitting coach during the first half of the 2009 season, before being sent to Binghamton for the remainder of that season.
Jack Voigt, who was Buffalo's hitting coach last season, is expected to assume Mookie Wilson's former role as minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator.
Oberkfell is joining the major league staff as bench coach, with Wilson returning to the Mets as first base coach.