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Wally Backman Named D'back's Manager


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Backman takes D-Backs' helm



Wally Backman spent 14 seasons in the Major Leagues, nine with the New York Mets. (Getty Images)


PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that their new manager will be former Major Leaguer Wally Backman, a scrappy infielder who helped lead the Mets to a World Series victory in 1986.


Backman, 45, has agreed to a two-year contract as manager, including a pair of one-year club options. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.


Backman joined the organization prior to last year and managed Arizona's Class A Lancaster team into the California League Championship Series, in which they fell three games to two. The Sporting News named him minor league Manager of the Year for his efforts.


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