Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The B-Mets 20th season is in the books.
And record wise, it wasn't the season the team was expecting.
They finished 65-76.
But in this week's Action Sports Spotlight, manager Wally Backman tells us why this season was actually a successful one for the organization.
Before the season started, manager Wally Backman thought the strength of his team was the bullpen.
But that group got off to a very rocky start.
And after the season, Backman says that's the group that struggled the most.
"We had 28 saves in 64 opportunities, some crazy number. That's what cost us our season. I mean probably 15 or 20 wins so if there was something to do over, there's nothing we could have done because you're only given the players that you're given," says Backman.
Backman says his team struggled early, but kept fighting throughout the season.
They dug themselves an early hole, and couldn't get back to .500 at the end of the year.
Even with one of the best records in the Eastern League in the month of August.
But Backman stands by the job he and his coaching staff did this year.
Players under his command improved.
And he says that was his main focus this year.
"I think the most important part to the minor leagues is to know that you're developing your players because the staff as a whole, we got our players better and that's important. We developed them. They moved on to Triple A, some of them moved on to the big leagues." says Backman.
Those players include Josh Satin, Josh Stinson and Jordany Valdespin.
"We lost Satin, which was a big factor. That bat was a big bat to lose. We got Legares. He did a great job for us. We lost Valdespin, hitting .300 with 30 stolen bases or whatever it was and when that point in time came, it just seemed like the players gelled together," the manager says.
Backman says he's thankful for getting the opportunity to lead the team this season, and isn't sure what his future holds.
The B-Mets ended the season in 5th place in the Eastern Division.