Sources: Wally B-Mets bound

December, 29, 2010
12/29/10
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Wally Backman, a finalist for the Mets' managerial position that went to Terry Collins, is expected to be named manager of Double-A Binghamton, according to organization sources.

Backman, who skippered Class A Brooklyn last season, last managed at the Double-A level with Birmingham in the Chicago White Sox organization in 2002 and '03.

Tim Teufel, who managed Binghamton last season, is expected to succeed Ken Oberkfell as Triple-A Buffalo manager.

The Triple-A staff also is expected to include Ricky Bones returning as pitching coach and Luis Natera serving as hitting coach. Natera was the Bisons' hitting coach during the first half of the 2009 season, before being sent to Binghamton for the remainder of that season.

Jack Voigt, who was Buffalo's hitting coach last season, is expected to assume Mookie Wilson's former role as minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator.

Oberkfell is joining the major league staff as bench coach, with Wilson returning to the Mets as first base coach.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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