The Mets' Wally Backman reportedly has surfaced as a managerial candidate for the reeling Miami Marlins, whose underwhelming 3-10 start to the season has prompted rumblings of a ticking clock on Mike Redmond.
Backman's name already has come up during internal conversations amongst Marlins decision makers, according to a Miami Herald report that cited anonymous sources.
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Meanwhile, sources said on Monday that a rival club has yet to ask the Mets for permission to interview Backman for any major league staff position. However, the Mets almost certainly would not stand in the way of a promotion for Backman, who has been clear about his desire to manage in the major leagues.
Backman has enjoyed success as manager of the Mets' Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas, and his stature as a key contributor to the Mets' 1986 championship team has made him a popular figure amongst fans.
But despite rumblings about the job security of manager Terry Collins -- whose lame-duck status this season has only invited more scrutiny -- the Mets have shown little willingness to hand the reins over to Backman.
Even with openings around the game in the last few years, the Mets have not been asked by other teams for permission to interview Backman. Meanwhile, he has yet to receive serious consideration in terms of joining Collins' big league staff.
Rumblings of a potential managerial opening with the Marlins surfaced after they were swept in four games by the streaking Mets.
On Friday, a frustrated Giancarlo Stanton groused about his team's missing "fire." On Saturday, the Marlins held a players' only meeting. Neither action changed the results on the field.
The Marlins had been a trendy dark horse pick to contend with the Nationals in the NL East. Instead, Redmond's fate reportedly could hinge on the outcome of an upcoming series against the equally inept Phillies.