(that’s right. It’s all mug shot Friday!)

Though the Flushing futures of David Wright and R.A. Dickey are yet to be determined, the New York Mets — possibly ignoring MLB edicts not release blockbuster news during the World Series —- announced Friday that Wally Backman would remain skipper of the club’s Triple A affiliate.  Backman, afforded the position of breathing down Terry Collins’ neck for the last two seasons, will oversee the Las Vegas 51’s of the Pacific Coast League. Quoted by Newsday’s Marc Carig, Mets GM Sandy Alderson showed he has few equals in the profession when it comes to damning his employees with very faint praise.

“If he were to get a major- league job elsewhere, I’m sure he’d consider it,” Alderson said. “But in the meantime, we’re looking forward to having him here. He’s part of Mets history. He does a nice job for us on the field and we expect he’ll do that again here.”