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Backman on Mets' staff an unlikely scenario for '15

Former Mets' second baseman Wally Backman has led

It’s a move that could pass for the handiwork of a reality television producer. Yet, the Mets have weighed having Wally Backman and Terry Collins share the same dugout next season, a situation rife with the potential for awkwardness.

Still synonymous with the Mets’ glory years in the mid-1980s, Backman’s name has long been popular among fans clamoring for an end to Collins’ managerial tenure.

Backman’s...

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Mets sending scouting contingent for Yasmani Tomas showcase

The Mets will dispatch three scouts to a showcase for Cuban defector Yasmani Tomas, according to sources. The event is scheduled for Sunday in the Dominican Republic. 

Tomas, 23, is a corner outfielder who has developed a reputation for powerful swing at the plate and a strong arm in the field. Playing this season in Cuba, he hit .290/.346/.450 with six homers in 257 plate appearances.

However,...

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Steven Matz, other top minor league Mets to be honored at Citi Field on Monday

Binghamton Mets starting pitcher and former Mets number

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Long Island's Steven Matz finally got called to Citi Field.

Though it's only to accept an award.

For now.

Matz, who was born in Stony Brook and attended Ward Melville High School, is scheduled to be honored prior to Monday's 7:10 p.m. game against the Marlins with the Sterling Pitcher of the Year award as the Mets' best minor league pitcher.

Matz, 23, is the top lefthanded...

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Steven Matz, Nick Tropeano, multiple Mets make top minors list

Mets pitching prospect Steven Matz, from Long Island,

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Long Islanders Steven Matz and Nick Tropeano, as well as multiple Mets prospects and one Yankees minor leaguer, were among Baseball America’s list of minor league All-Stars.

Tropeano, a righthanded starter who won his major league debut with the Houston Astros on Wednesday, was selected to the Triple-A team. The 24-year-old from West Islip, and who attended Stony Brook University, had a 3.03...

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LI's Steven Matz flirts with no-hitter as Binghamton Mets win Eastern League title

Steven Matz during pitching drills at spring training

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Ward Melville’s Steven Matz took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and, after he finally faltered, the Binghamton Mets mounted a ninth inning rally to win the Eastern League Championship in a walk-off, 2-1, against Richmond at NYSEG Stadium on Friday.

Pinch-hitter Jayce Boyd’s one-out single in the bottom of the ninth plated pinch-runner Gavin Cecchini for the winning run.

Brandon Nimmo...

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Wally Backman to join Mets coaching staff for nine games

Former Mets second baseman Wally Backman speaks to

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Wally Backman will join the Mets' coaching staff on Sept. 19 and remain with the team for the rest of the season, the Mets announced Friday afternoon.

The "remainder of the season" for Backman is nine games.

Backman, who has managed in the Mets' farm system for five seasons, led the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s to an 81-63 record and a playoff berth in 2014. Backman was named Pacific Coast...

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Steven Matz, Long Island product, can clinch Binghamton Mets title Friday

Mets pitching prospect Steven Matz, from Long Island,

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The way things are going with the Mets and Yankees, Binghamton might be the only professional New York baseball team to hoist a championship trophy this season.

And who might deliver that Eastern League championship to Binghamton, the Mets' Double-A affiliate? None other than Ward Melville's Steven Matz, the top lefthanded pitching prospect in the Mets organization.

Matz is Friday's...

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Yankees, Mets to both host 9/11 anniversary games for first time

The Mets and the Washington Nationals line the

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The Yankees and Mets will both host home games on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks for the first time Thursday night.

Previously, only one team or the other had played in New York on Sept. 11 since 2002. The Yankees haven’t hosted a game on Sept. 11 since 2009, the only time a 9/11 game has been played at the new Yankee Stadium (they played at old Yankee Stadium on Sept. 11 three...

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Mets looking at bridging the gap in Citi Field's vast rightcenter field

The San Diego Padres take on the Mets

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The Mets once again are considering whether to make pitcher-friendly Citi Field a kinder, happier, and cozier place for hitters.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters on Monday that the club is discussing moving in the fences at the six-year-old ballpark, just as they did following the 2011 season.

Talks have been ongoing for some time, according to a team insider. The changes...

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Mets likely done with call-ups; Noah Syndergaard must wait

Noah Syndergaard #55 of the Mets looks toward

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CINCINNATI -- Barring an injury, the Mets likely have finished their September call-ups, team officials said on Sunday. That means top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard will have to wait until next year to make his big league debut.

The Mets announced the promotions of veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu and reliever Gonzalez Germen, moves that brought the Mets’ 40-man roster to its capacity....

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