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Peanuts skipper suspended three games for post-game confrontation

June 27, 2007

Conyers - South Georgia Peanuts manager Wally Backman has been suspended for three games for the South Coast League.

The suspension though is not Backman's actions on the field after his ejection in the eighth innning of Tuesday's game in Anderson.

But for his confrontation with Anderson's radio play-by-play announcer and general manager in the press box after the game.

Backman and Peanuts outfielder Doc Brooks were ejected in the eighth inning on Tuesday's game at Anderson.

After Backman was ejected, he threw bats, baseballs and a number of other objects onto the field from the Peanuts dugout.

During which the Anderson radio announcer made some disparaging comments about Backman that were relayed back to the Peanuts skipper.

South Coast League president Jamey Toole says Backman and Brooks were not suspended for their ejections because the league's umpire supervisor found that the home plate umpire acted improperly during the incident.

Toole said Backman had to be punished for his actions in the press box after the game and that Backman will begin serving his three game suspension Thursday night when the Peanuts play Charlotte County at the Paul Eames Complex.

After Tuesday's game, Backman had threatened to quit as the Peanuts skipper

Toole said Wednesday afternoon Backman had calmed down and the two had a lenghty conversation about the incident.

This is Backman's second suspension this season.

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