The answer is Wally Backman.
Backman has seven years of managerial experience and was hired by the Diamondbacks as their manager before being dismissed because of legal (and moral) issues.
His managerial style is fiery (to say the least), and he's known for ejections, on-field tantrums, and suspensions.
In other words--the opposite of Jerry.
In 2004 Backman led his team to the California League championship series and was named The Sporting News' Minor League Manager of the Year. It was at this point that the Mets and the DBacks came calling, and Backman was actually hired by the Diamondbacks to become their manager for the 2005 season.
Then life bit Backman harder than a brown recluse spider--word came out about a previous DUI conviction, legals issues of harassment, 10 days in jail, probation and bankruptcy. The DBacks quickly dismissed him and life in baseball purgatory began for the former Met.
After working with some Independent Leagues the Mets hired Backman as manager of the Brooklyn Cyclones for the 2010 campaign.
As part of the deal the Mets conducted a thorough background check and they came away convinced that Backman's issues are behind him. That said, the team is taking a cautious approach and they have Backman on a very short leash.
My personal opinion is that Wally is exactly what this club needs right now. He works well with young players, would light a fire under the vets, and his handling of the bullpen in the minors was exemplary.
He is everything Jerry Manuel is not.
There is likely a zero percent chance that Backman takes the reigns this year as Mets skipper, but he could be the lightning in a bottle the club desperately needs.
|1997||Catskill Cougars||Northeast League||3-23||8th||Independent Leagues||replaced Edgar Perez (18-39)|
|1998||Bend Bandits||Western Baseball League||43-46||5th||Independent Leagues|
|1999||Tri-City Posse||Western Baseball League||48-42||2nd||Independent Leagues||League Champs|
|2000||Tri-City Posse||Western Baseball League||40-50||6th||Independent Leagues|
|2001||Winston-Salem Warthogs||Carolina League||54-86||8th||Chicago White Sox|
|2002||Birmingham Barons||Southern League||79-61||1st||Chicago White Sox||League Champs|
|2003||Birmingham Barons||Southern League||73-64||3rd||Chicago White Sox||Lost in 1st round|
|2004||Lancaster JetHawks||California League||86-54||2nd||Arizona Diamondbacks||Lost League Finals|
|2007||South Georgia Peanuts||South Coast League||59-28||1st||Independent Leagues||League Champs|
|2008||Joliet JackHammers||Northern League||43-53||5th||Independent Leagues|