By Robert Hydrick - bio | email
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - When he was managing the South Georgia Peanuts three years ago in the independent South Coast League, Wally Backman was hoping he would get another chance to manage with a major league team.
Wally Backman returned to Albany over the weekend for the first time since he led the South Georgia Peanuts to the South Coast League title.
Backman made the stop at Buddy York's Sport Specific baseball training facility.
York was Backman's pitching coach with the Peanuts and Wally stopped to work with the younger players on his way to the New York Mets Spring Training Complex in Florida.
After his personal life cost him a chance to manage the Arizona Diamondbacks a few years ago, Backman is excited about the chance to manage the Mets Class A minor league team in Brooklyn.
Wally Backman said. "It is where I started. I was the number one pick in 1977 for the Mets. I was with them for 14 years. To be able to go back to the organization where I started at is almost like you are going back to a piece of your family."
After managing the Peanuts, Wally Backman managed the Joliet Jackhammers for two years in the independent Northern League.
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