Friday, November 05, 2004

The short, sad tenure of Wally Backman 

Just days after being named manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Wally Backman has been fired as manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Apparently, the vetting process in the D-Backs front office was spotty, in light of this comment from the A.P. report:

Backman's appointment as manager on Monday was immediately followed by reports of legal woes surrounding the former fiery second baseman for the New York Mets, which include a DUI conviction, a guilty plea to a harassment charge, allegations of spousal abuse involving his ex-wife, a bankruptcy and numerous tax liens.

As someone else has already pointed out, it is too bad Backman isn't still playing, because if he were, none of this would keep him from getting a major league contract.

Still, though, you have to wonder what the D-Backs expected...they were, after all, hiring one of the members of the notorious 1986 New York Mets. Backman's teammates included such luminaries as Keith Hernandez, Lenny Dykstra, Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, and Keith Mitchell. There's a reason Jeff Pearlman's book about this team is called "The Bad Guys Won".

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