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#6 Wally Backman, Manager

Position: Manager
Date of Birth: 09/22/1959
Height: 5' 9"   Weight: 160 lbs
Bats: S
Throws: R
Resides: Prineville, OR
Highest Level: MLB

Biography:

Backman returns as Ducks field manager for a second season after being selected as the Atlantic League’s Manager of the Year in 2019. He led Long Island to an 86-54 record during the regular season, breaking the franchise record for most wins in a single-season that was previously achieved by Bud Harrelson (82, 2000). He also became just the second manager in Ducks history to win both the first and second half of the season, joining Kevin Baez, who accomplished the feat in 2011. During the postseason, the 60-year-old led the Ducks to a 6-2 record en route to the franchise’s fourth Atlantic League championship. Additionally, he saw a team-record 15 players have their contracts purchased in 2019, including nine by Major League organizations.

The Oregon native has over 20 seasons of managerial experience across professional baseball, having amassed a 1,213-1,131 overall record (.517 winning percentage). In that time, he has led his teams to seven Division Championships and four League Championships. Prior to his coaching career, Backman enjoyed a 14-year Major League playing career. Nine of those seasons (1980-88) were spent played with the New York Mets, where he helped lead the team to a World Series Championship in 1986. He also spent time in “The Show” with the Minnesota Twins (1989), Pittsburgh Pirates (1990), Philadelphia Phillies (1991-92) and Seattle Mariners (1993). The infielder compiled a .275 lifetime batting average with 240 RBIs, 482 runs scored, 893 hits, 138 doubles and 117 stolen bases in 1,102 MLB games.

 

Wally Backman's Managerial Record Year-by-Year
YEAR CLUB LEAGUE WINS LOSSES PCT. FINISH
1997 Catskill (IND) Northeast 3 23 .115 8th
1998 Bend (IND) Western Baseball 43 46 .483 5th
1999 Tri-City (IND) Western Baseball 48 42 .533 2nd
2000 Tri-City (IND) Western Baseball 40 50 .444 6th
2001 Winston-Salem (A) Carolina 54 86 .386 4th
2002 Birmingham (AA) Southern 79 61 .564 1st

2003

Birmingham (AA) Southern 73 64 .533 2nd
2004 Lancaster (A) California 86 54 .614 1st
2007 South Georgia (IND) South Coast 59 28 .678 1st
2008 Joliet (IND) Northern 43 53 .448 5th
2009 Joliet (IND) Northern 24 42 .364 ---
2010 Brooklyn (A) New York-Penn 51 24 .680 1st
2011 Binghamton (AA) Eastern 65 76 .461 5th
2012 Buffalo (AAA) International 67 76 .469 6th
2013 Las Vegas (AAA) Pacific Coast 81 63 .563 1st
2014 Las Vegas (AAA) Pacific Coast 81 63 .563 1st
2015 Las Vegas (AAA) Pacific Coast 77 67 .535 2nd
2016 Las Vegas (AAA) Pacific Coast 70 74 .486 3rd
2017 Monclova (AAA) Mexican 22 20 .524 ---
2018 New Britain (IND) Atlantic 61 65 .484 3rd
2019 Long Island (IND) Atlantic 86 54 .614 1st
             
TOTALS  (21 SEASONS)   1,213 1,131 .517 LEAGUE
CHAMPION


 

 

Coaching

# Name POS
6 Wally Backman Manager
47 Mauro "Goose" Gozzo Pitching Coach
20 Lew Ford Hitting Coach

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