South Georgia Peanuts Hold Open Tryouts

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The aptly named peanuts have taken over Albany with a coach who has an impressive major league background.

Former major league baseball star Wally Backman starts a new era in
Albany. Now baseball is back in south Georgia, and everyone had the chance to tryout in hopes of becoming a South Georgia Peanut.

Demario Cash is hoping to make the team. "it's a great opportunity for the young players to get a chance to play independent ball and it's great to have it in this city."

South Georgia peanuts manager Wally Backman says the goal here at tryouts is to find about 2 to 3 diamonds in the ruff who can be added to the roster in time for spring training. "I actually have a couple of roster sports open and I wanted to make it a local tryout to find some local kids.

Backman brings an impressive resume to Albany. The former second baseman helped the Mets win the memorable '86 World Series. Some of those trying out were excited about showing off their skills in front of Backman.

Diante Blanton is trying to become a Peanut. "It makes me very excited to play in front of a world series champ. I am just really excited to be here in Albany."

With roster spots at stake, the competition on the field was intense. Floyd Patterson tried is vying for one of those spots. "There's some pretty stiff competition out there. They got some guys who have pretty good experience playing some baseball, so it's pretty good."

Diante Blanton, who hopes to become a short stop for the Peanuts says, "you know I'll take a look at everybody and I'll come out and if I come out and do my thing I should take care of business."

About forty peanut hopefuls tried out, now their fate lies in the hands of the coaching staff.

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