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14-year MLB veteran and 20-year manager becomes sixth skipper in franchise history

(Central Islip, N.Y., Nov. 28, 2018) – The Long Island Ducks today announced Wally Backman has been named the sixth manager in team history. Backman replaces Kevin Baez, who signed with the Rockland Boulders of the Can-Am League earlier this week.

“Kevin Baez is the winningest manager in Ducks history and our organization respects him tremendously,” said Ducks President/GM Michael Pfaff. “Entering our 20th Anniversary Season, it is time for the Ducks to move in a new direction, and we are very excited about our future with Wally Backman.”

Backman is most well known in the New York Metropolitan area for a successful nine-year stint playing with the New York Mets, highlighted by winning the 1986 World Series. Following a 14-year MLB playing career, the former first round draft pick transitioned into coaching and now has 20 years of experience as a manager, winning six division championships and three league championships. He has compiled an overall managerial record of 1,127-1,077 (.511) and was named 2014 Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year for the Las Vegas 51’s, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets.

“I’m excited to join the Ducks knowing the professionalism of the organization and how much they care about winning,” said Backman. “It’s an added bonus that this opportunity brings me back to New York and keeps me in the Atlantic League, where I have enjoyed managing.”

Backman spent the 2018 season managing the Ducks Liberty Division rival in the Atlantic League, the New Britain Bees, and saw five of his players signed by Major League organizations (four Triple-A, one Double-A assignment).

“We are delighted to bring Wally aboard,” said Ducks Founder and CEO Frank Boulton. “Our aim is to put the best possible product out on the field for fans as we enter our 20th season of play. We’re confident Wally will help us achieve all of our goals.”

The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Bethpage Ballpark. For further information, call (631) 940-DUCK or visit

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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
TOTALS  (20 SEASONS)   1,127 1,077 .511 LEAGUE