A source tells the Daily News there has been no contact between Wally Backman and the Marlins.
The Marlins came within one out of being no-hit by the Braves on Sunday. That was the good news.
Minutes after falling to Atlanta’s Shelby Miller, who came within one out of a no-hitter, MLB.com reported manager Mike Redmond and bench coach Bob Leary had been canned and that a new skipper would be named Monday morning.
When the Marlins were swept at Citi Field in the first weekend of the season, reports surfaced that team owner Jeffrey Loria had interest in hiring 1986 Met Wally Backman, who is currently the team’s Triple-A manager in Las Vegas. The team had a game scheduled for 4:35 Sunday afternoon.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson confirmed Sunday afternoon that there had been no contact between the Marlins and Backman.
Mike Redmond stands in the dugout during Sunday’s loss to the Braves, which turns out to be his last game as Marlins manager.
Redmond won 77 games with Miami last year, causing many experts to pick the Marlins as a legitimate playoff team this year. With Sunday’s loss, the Marlins fell to 16-22, six games behind the first-place Mets.
Backman, despite a strong resume in the minor leagues, has never been managed a game in the big leagues. The Diamondbacks hired him as their manager after the 2004 season, but fired him four days later after finding out about his past that included an arrest for DUI in 2000 and another arrest in 2001 for after a fight at home involving his wife.
The team claimed Backman was asked if there was anything it should know before giving him the job and he said no.
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