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Backman on Mets' staff an unlikely scenario for '15

Former Mets' second baseman Wally Backman has led

It’s a move that could pass for the handiwork of a reality television producer. Yet, the Mets have weighed having Wally Backman and Terry Collins share the same dugout next season, a situation rife with the potential for awkwardness.

Still synonymous with the Mets’ glory years in the mid-1980s, Backman’s name has long been popular among fans clamoring for an end to Collins’ managerial tenure.


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Mets sending scouting contingent for Yasmani Tomas showcase

The Mets will dispatch three scouts to a showcase for Cuban defector Yasmani Tomas, according to sources. The event is scheduled for Sunday in the Dominican Republic. 

Tomas, 23, is a corner outfielder who has developed a reputation for powerful swing at the plate and a strong arm in the field. Playing this season in Cuba, he hit .290/.346/.450 with six homers in 257 plate appearances.


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Ron Washington: I was 'not true to my wife'

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington looks on during

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Ron Washington said he was “not true to my wife” and appeared at a press conference to “own that mistake” in the first public remarks he made since resigning as manager of the Texas Rangers on Sept. 5.

After the bulk of an apologetic statement, Washington expressed a desire to continue on in baseball.

“I look to the future and getting back in the game and continuing my career,” he said.


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Brandon McCarthy pitches immaculate inning for Yankees

Brandon McCarthy pitches during the first inning of

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Brandon McCarthy pitched the 77th immaculate inning recorded in MLB history on Wednesday night, striking out Rays hitters Wil Myers, Nick Franklin and Matt Joyce on nine pitches during the seventh inning of the Yankees' 3-2 win. All three strikeouts were swinging.

McCarthy is the sixth pitcher to do it this year, joining Brad Boxberger, Cole Hamels, Justin Masterson, Garrett Richards and Rex...

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Nick Tropeano, Long Island native, pitches well for Astros, but loses

Nick Tropeano of the Houston Astros throws in

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Same numbers, different decision.

Long Island’s Nick Tropeano pitched well again during his second big league start with Houston, but this time he was the losing pitcher, as the Astros fell to the Indians, 4-2 on Tuesday.

Tropeano (1-1), a 24-year-old righthander who attended West Islip High School and Stony Brook University, again allowed four hits, two walks and two runs in five innings...

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Steven Matz, other top minor league Mets to be honored at Citi Field on Monday

Binghamton Mets starting pitcher and former Mets number

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Long Island's Steven Matz finally got called to Citi Field.

Though it's only to accept an award.

For now.

Matz, who was born in Stony Brook and attended Ward Melville High School, is scheduled to be honored prior to Monday's 7:10 p.m. game against the Marlins with the Sterling Pitcher of the Year award as the Mets' best minor league pitcher.

Matz, 23, is the top lefthanded...

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Steven Matz, Nick Tropeano, multiple Mets make top minors list

Mets pitching prospect Steven Matz, from Long Island,

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Long Islanders Steven Matz and Nick Tropeano, as well as multiple Mets prospects and one Yankees minor leaguer, were among Baseball America’s list of minor league All-Stars.

Tropeano, a righthanded starter who won his major league debut with the Houston Astros on Wednesday, was selected to the Triple-A team. The 24-year-old from West Islip, and who attended Stony Brook University, had a 3.03...

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LI's Steven Matz flirts with no-hitter as Binghamton Mets win Eastern League title

Steven Matz during pitching drills at spring training

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Ward Melville’s Steven Matz took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and, after he finally faltered, the Binghamton Mets mounted a ninth inning rally to win the Eastern League Championship in a walk-off, 2-1, against Richmond at NYSEG Stadium on Friday.

Pinch-hitter Jayce Boyd’s one-out single in the bottom of the ninth plated pinch-runner Gavin Cecchini for the winning run.

Brandon Nimmo...

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Wally Backman to join Mets coaching staff for nine games

Former Mets second baseman Wally Backman speaks to

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Wally Backman will join the Mets' coaching staff on Sept. 19 and remain with the team for the rest of the season, the Mets announced Friday afternoon.

The "remainder of the season" for Backman is nine games.

Backman, who has managed in the Mets' farm system for five seasons, led the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s to an 81-63 record and a playoff berth in 2014. Backman was named Pacific Coast...

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Chris Davis, Orioles slugger, suspended after testing positive for amphetamine

Baltimore Orioles' Chris Davis rounds third base after

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Baltimore slugger Chris Davis was suspended 25 games without pay after he tested positive for an amphetamine, MLB announced Friday morning. Davis, in a statement, identified the substance as Adderall.

The ban includes the final 17 games of the regular season and would extend eight games into the postseason, if the Orioles make it that far. That means Davis wouldn't be eligible to return until...

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