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Wally Backman to remain Mets' Triple-A manager

Former Mets' second baseman Wally Backman has led

Former Mets' second baseman Wally Backman has led Las Vegas to consecutive seasons with at least 80 wins. It's a first in franchise history. Videojournalist: Mario Gonzalez

Wally Backman will return next season to manage Triple-A Las Vegas, the club announced on Tuesday.

Last season, Backman guided the Mets' top minor league affiliate to an 81-63 record, good enough to win a division title.

Backman's future with the Mets had been in doubt. He has long aspired to manage in the big leagues, though that chance may not come with the Mets in the near future. At the end of the season, the Mets signed manager Terry Collins to a two-year deal with a club option

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