According to a story in the New York Post, Wally Backman always thought he was the next Mets manager in waiting. He managed the Las Vegas 51’s (Mets Triple A affiliate) from 2012-16, believing he’d be the heir apparent to Terry Collins.
“I was very close to Terry Collins. I thought we worked well together. I thought I was the guy in waiting. And it basically didn’t happen. Like I said, Sandy [Alderson] and I, for some reason, have never seen eye to eye, and I really don’t know why … I knew Terry was coming to the end of his contract and I believe Terry wanted me to be the guy as well.”