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Link: Bisons manager Backman to wear #8 in tribute to Carter

Wally Backman (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Buffalo News reporter Mike Harrington writes that Wally Backman will wear #8 in tribute to his late teammate Gary Carter when he manages the Buffalo Bisons this season.

“It’s for Gary,” Backman said. “Gary was … If I had an idol as a player I played with, Gary would definitely be one of them. Without question. In remembering Gary, I’m going to wear 8 until somebody tells me I can’t wear it.”

I think it’s a wonderful idea. Maybe New York Mets third base coach Tim Teufel – who’s yet to be assigned a uniform number according to the ‘coaches’ page on – would like to adopt #8 as a tribute to his 1986 teammate too.

I’d like to see #8 return to circulation, so that Mets fans have a reminder and a reason to talk about the player who once wore it. The team had years to retire Carter’s number, and for whatever reason, they chose not to. That’s fine – but now I hope they don’t leave it linger in limbo.

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Minor League Mondays: 1979 Jackson Mets team set

This 1979 Jackson Mets team set is one of the oldest ones in my minor league baseball card collection. It is the oldest one I have that used color photographs.

The Jackson Mets had a 70-65 record in the Double-A Texas League under manager Bob Wellman that year. The team included several players who would go on to have successful major league careers, including Wally Backman, Hubie Brooks and Jody Davis. (I never knew that Davis – a two-time All-Star catcher for the Chicago Cubs – began his career in the Mets’ organization. Also of note, Backman was primarily a shortstop for the Jackson Mets even though he was almost exclusively a second baseman during his time in New York.)

Produced by TCMA Ltd., the 1979 Jackson Mets baseball cards seem very simple and basic by modern standards. The fronts have a variety of posed photos, with the player’s name and position in an irregular yellow shape at the bottom of the card. The black-and-white backs feature basic biographical information and very limited stats from the previous year. For batters, average, home runs and RBI are listed; for pitchers, it’s wins, losses and ERA. Continue reading “Minor League Mondays: 1979 Jackson Mets team set”

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Monday morning roundup: Citi Field, Wally Backman & MLB’s CBA

There’s not much cooking on the hot stove yet, but the New York Mets will be making one move this week that will affect their on-field play in 2012.

Wally Backman, who managed the Binghamton Mets in 2011, is expected to be named the new manager of the Buffalo Bisons this week. (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Joe DeMayo from St. Lucie to Flushing toured Citi Field on Sunday and learned from his tour guide that workers will begin putting up the ballpark’s new hitter-friendly walls today. MetsBlog has a diagram of the planned changes. I’m not wild about the decision to change Citi Field’s dimensions, but perhaps the change will help David Wright regain some of his star stature and make Jason Bay vaguely resemble a major league hitter.

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Buffalo Bisons will officially name Wally Backman as their manager for 2012 this week. Backman is moving up to the Triple-A club to fill the vacancy left when Tim Teufel was elevated to the major league coaching staff. No word yet on who will replace Backman as the manager of the Double-A Binghamton Mets.

Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal writes that Major League Baseball owners and players are close to a deal on the new collective bargaining agreement. While it will be good to see baseball avoid the labor issues that have plagued the NFL and NBA this year, it’s probably not good for the game’s long-term health to place significant limits on how much teams can spend on draft picks.

The draft is one of the few routes open to small and mid-market team to obtain (potential) star caliber players. Limits on draft spending favor the large market teams that can afford to compete for top talent on the free agent market… and sadly, these days the Mets look more like a mid-market team despite the size of the city they plan in.

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B-Mets Hold On To Win 12-Inning Marathon

Photo credit: Paul Hadsall

It took 12 innings and over four hours, but the Binghamton Mets finally earned their 20th victory of the season today when they defeated the Trenton Thunder 7-6 before a reported crowd of 5,860.

The B-Mets took an early 2-0 lead in the first, helped by Yadil Mujica‘s throwing error. For a time, it seemed like that might be enough. Jeurys Familia pitched well in his second outing against the Thunder. He struck out 11 while walking one, hitting one and allowing six hits over 6 2/3 innings. Familia surrendered two runs, including a home run by Deangelo Mack. However, he was charged with another pair that reliever Ricky Brooks allowed to score. He almost ended up with his third Eastern League loss of the season.

Fortunately for the B-Mets, former Newark Bear Salomon Manriquez hit a ninth-inning homer to send the game into extra innings.

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