THE ONLY WAY THAT BOBBY VALENTINE IS GETTING BACK IN A METS GAME IS BY DISGUISE (AGAIN)
One of the recurring themes of the baseball book (and soon to be Brad Pitt movie) “Moneyball” is how worthless and insignificant Major League managers are. The entire “Moneyball” concept and model was developed by the Oakland A’s franchise under general manager Billy Beane. Sandy Alderson was the A’s executive who originally hired Beane and all his disciples.
Alderson was recently hired by the New York Mets as their GM and has decided to “get the band back together,” bringing in former A’s “Moneyball” adherents Paul DePodesta and J.P. Ricciardi . The Mets “Moneyball” guys are apparently out to prove a point-ANYONE can manage a big league ballclub. As if to drive home that point, the Mets brought in one of the most disgraced managers in recent Major League history, Wally Backman, for an interview Thursday.
Backman was once the manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. For all of four days in November of 2004. Backman may have been the first manager in history to be fired for having bad credit. Just one day after the Diamondbacks press conference announcing his hiring, a story appeared about Backman having declared bankruptcy after owing some 20 creditors, including the IRS, money. Then it was revealed that he once had a DUI. Arizona fired him before he ever managed a game.
Backman may have been able to go to freecreditreport.com and clear up some of his other problems, but it’s not like he’s matured any. While managing an independent league team in the minors a couple years ago, Backman had one of the greatest meltdowns in baseball history:
The Mets four managerial finalists also include Terry Collins, Chip Hale and Bob Melvin. Not being considered for the job is big-name, high-profile, self serving egotist Bobby Valentine. Valentine, now an ESPN analyst, is the last man to manage the New York Mets into the World Series. He also managed a championship team in Japan and as a retaurateur claims to have invented the wrap.