Wally Backman has been promoted to manager of the Binghamton Mets after his inaugural season at Brooklyn (A).
Backman, a fan favorite to succeed Jerry Manuel, was in the final running along with Bob Melvin, Chip Hale and eventual winner, Terry Collins. Backman, as I have long written, debated, and argued - should have been the manager of the Mets in 2011 - is inching closer to Flushing.
Along with Backman's promotion, Tim Teufel was promoted from Binghamton (AA) to Buffalo (AAA) as manager.
Collins' contract is reported to be for two years (2011, 2012) with a club option for 2013.
Backman in his first season as skipper of the Brooklyn Cyclones (A) brought them to the Championship Series, before losing.
Are the Mets grooming Backman to be manager in about two years? Many Mets fan, yours truly included, certainly hope so.
Sources: Adam Rubin, Cots Baseball Contracts