WCTV Eyewitness Sports has learned that South Georgia Peanuts Manager Wally Backman, former manager of MLB's Arizona Diamondbacks, is no longer in charge of the team. Backman and the Peanuts' owner never saw eye-to-eye and have jointly agreed to part ways.
Backman has been suspended twice this season for blow-ups on the field, and apparent arguments with team management.
It should be known that under Backman, the Peanuts captured the Midway Championship of the South Coast League.
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - Wally Backman resigned today as manager of the Albany-based South Georgia Peanuts. Backman's resignation follow numerous run-ins with umpires, a press box argument with another team's radio announcer and a forfeited game when his team refused to return to the field after a brawl with rival Macon.
Backman joined the independent South Coast League hoping to show he deserved another chance to manage in the big leagues.
Having already served suspensions totaling 14 games, Backman stepped down after leading the Peanuts to the first-half title. They were leading the second half race, as well, with just three weeks remaining in the league's inaugural season.
Backman had a long playing career, helping the New York Mets win the 1986 World Series. He was a top minor-league manager when the Arizona Diamondbacks hired him shortly after the 2004 season. But Backman was fired four days later after reports surfaced that he had been arrested twice and struggled with financial problems.
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