Sources described a pattern of defiance by Backman, who clashed with Alderson and others in the organization regarding matters of player development. Disagreements ranged from the distribution of playing time to lineup construction.
One recent example included the use of former first-round draft picks Gavin Cecchini and Kevin Plawecki, who often were batted at the bottom of the order. Team officials wanted them hitting higher to maximize their plate appearances.
Backman also refused to play Michael Conforto against lefties, going against the Mets’ hopes of exposing the struggling young hitter to playing time he wasn’t getting in the big leagues.
The Post's Mike Puma added an issue with Brandon Nimmo to the mix: "Organization cited Backman not using Nimmo at leadoff, sitting Conforto against lefties."
Sorry Wally. Seems you'll never learn and that might just about do it for a management role.
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