Sandy Alderson

Passion is a powerful force that reveals the extremely fine line between good and evil; friend and foe; master and slave. Passion turned Walter While, your average high school science teacher into Heisenberg, a maniacal drug-dealing assassin in khakis and a pork pie hat. Passion is Walter Wayne Backman’s worst enemy and slim hope.

Backman’s 14-year major league career ended two decades ago, but his passion for the game of baseball has not died, In fact, it’s living in Las Vegas. The former New York Mets second baseman has been kicking and screaming – literally – as a minor league manager since 1997.  Backman has served eight years between the Mets, White Sox and Diamondbacks organizations and another seven years in Independent League baseball.

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Moments after Terry Collins told the media he was not embarrassed by the teams current starting lineup, the New York Mets manager penciled in John Mayberry Jr. as his cleanup hitter in the series opener against Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers. For the record: Mayberry Jr., who was signed last winter to bolster the teams bench depth, went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts dropping his batting average to .165.

The move prompted one Mets player to say, hitting one f-ing seventy. Well, after the game its a buck sixty-five.

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