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Wally Backman Biography
Wally Backman was born September 22, 1959 and is a formerMajor League Baseball second baseman. He is best known for his time with theNew York Mets from 1980-1988 and was a member of their 1986 WorldSeries-winning team. Backman currently is the Manager for the Buffalo Bisons,the New York Mets AAA minor league Team.
Prior to the start of the 1986 season, general manager Frank Cashen brought inTim Teufel, a right-handed hitting infielder from the Minnesota Twins for BillyBeane, Joe Klink and Bill Latham. He and Backman formed a platoon at secondbase, and along with Wilson and Lenny Dykstra, provided a spark atthe top of the Mets' line up, and set the table for the heavy hitters whobatted behind them.
For his own part, Backman scored 67 runs, stole 13 bases andbatted over .300 (.320) for the first time in his career for the team that won108 games and took the National League East by 21.5 games. He batted .333 inthe World Series against the Boston Red Sox.
Backman began his managerial comeback with the South Georgia Peanuts of theindependent South Coast League. His return to managing was documented by the TVseries Playing for Peanuts. The Peanuts won their league with a 5928 record.
In December 2007, Backman became manager of the JolietJackHammers. With the team in sixth place in the Northern League with a2442 record, he was fired on July 30, 2009. In October 2009, Backman's namecirculated as a likely candidate for the Mets' double A managerial job with theBinghamton Mets; however, the Mets decided instead to promote Teufel from theSt. Lucie Mets, and Backman was given the St. Lucie job. Two weeks later,the Mets changed their minds, and Backman was handed the reins to the BrooklynCyclones instead. Backman went on to lead the Cyclones to a league-best51-24 record, winning the McNamara Division of the New York-Penn League by 12games. However, the Cyclones were ultimately swept by the Tri-City ValleyCatsin the league championship series.
Backman was a candidate to replace Jerry Manuel as the NewYork Mets' major league manager in 2011, having interviewed for the positionwith new General Manager Sandy Alderson. After a second round of interviews inwhich Backman was a finalist, however, the position went to Terry Collins.Backman was subsequently named manager of the Mets' double A affiliate, theBinghamton Mets.
In Backman's first season in Binghamton, the club had a65-76 record. Backman remains highly regarded in the Mets organization, and hasbeen promoted to manager of their AAA affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons for the2012 season.
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