Wally Backman will not be back with the Mets organization next season.
Sandy Alderson confirmed that Backman, who served as manager of the Mets’ Triple-A affiliates since 2012, won’t be with the club in 2017.
“He decided to move on,” Alderson said of Backman.
Backman was a first-round draft pick by the Mets in 1977, reaching the majors in 1980 and emerging as the Mets starting second baseman in 1984. He won a World Series ring in 1986 to highlight his nine seasons with the team. He also played four seasons split between Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Seattle.
After working as a minor-league manager following his retirement, Backman was promoted to manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2004, but was fired just a few days later after news of legal and financial trouble emerged. He resurfaced with a handful of independent gigs before landing in the Mets organization and working his way up the minor-league system as a manager.