Wally Backman will not return to Mets in 2017

Wally Backman will not be back with the Mets organization next season.

Sandy Alderson confirmed that Backman, who served as manager of the Mets’ Triple-A affiliates since 2012, won’t be with the club in 2017.

“He decided to move on,” Alderson said of Backman.

Backman was a first-round draft pick by the Mets in 1977, reaching the majors in 1980 and emerging as the Mets starting second baseman in 1984. He won a World Series ring in 1986 to highlight his nine seasons with the team. He also played four seasons split between Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Seattle.

After working as a minor-league manager following his retirement, Backman was promoted to manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2004, but was fired just a few days later after news of legal and financial trouble emerged. He resurfaced with a handful of independent gigs before landing in the Mets organization and working his way up the minor-league system as a manager.


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