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Sunday reading: Wally Backman, the general managers' meetings and Phil Hughes

With Wally Backman essentially out of the running for the Mets' manager opening, I wrote why I thought this was the best move for the Mets. 

The trio of Terry Collins, Clint Hurdle and Bob Melvin hardly will excite the masses, yet there's less risk in that risk than in bringing Backman aboard, IMO. If Backman keeps working his way up the Mets' food chain, then perhaps he can get this job in another two or three years. Right now, however, with Sandy Alderson trying to put this team back on the map, it' makes sense to go with an experienced hand, IMO.

--Although, as Ken Rosenthal is reporting, Hurdle might take the Pirates' job before the Mets complete their process. Of these three veteran skippers, Hurdle would be the worst fit with Sandy Alderson.

I'm not sure who, of these three veteran skippers, would most appreciate the fact that I found the Rosenthal story on Twitter.

--David Wright voiced optimism about the Mets' future. 

--Here is my primer to the general managers' meetings, which begin in earnest on Tuesday. I'll be reporting from Orlando starting tomorrow, and on Tuesday, we'll do our annual "Top 10 GMs" list.

--I've spoken with friends of Andy Pettitte who think - are you ready for this? - he'll be back with the Yankees in 2011. As Erik Boland shows in this story, it's hard to make much of Pettitte's comments at this point.

--Babe Ruth's 702nd home run ball sold for $264,500.

--JE referred me to this interesting breakdown of Phil Hughes' stuff in 2010. The conclusion is rather underwhelming - Hughes pitched better as a reliever than as a starter. Who wouldn't? - but I like the data.

--Have a great day.


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