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Thursday, October 17, 2013
Backman still expected to remain with Mets

By Adam Rubin


Adam RubinThe Mets expect Wally Backman to manage Las Vegas again in 2014.


The Mets have not been asked by any other organization for permission to speak with Wally Backman about a managerial vacancy. So team officials still expect Backman to return as Triple-A Las Vegas manager in 2014, an insider told ESPNNewYork.com.

The source could not yet guarantee Backman's return, noting it still would be possible that a newly hired manager elsewhere might want Backman on the major league staff as a coach. But, for now, the Mets fully expect Backman to continue managing the 51s next season.

In its first year as a Mets affiliate, Backman-led Las Vegas won its Pacific Coast League division with an 81-63 record before getting eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

The Mets return their entire major league staff in 2014, leaving no room for a promotion for Backman.