Friday, January 07, 2011

Phlashback Phriday - Wally Backman

You think Cliff is the biggest Winter signing in the last twenty years? Obviously then you forgot about Walter Backman. Big Wally was signed to a two year deal with the Phillies on January 8th of 1991.

Former first round pick Backman had some good years in New York, especially the championship year of 1986 when he hit .320 in a platoon with Tim Teufel. Unfortunately for the Phillies, when he signed a two year $1.3 million contract in 1991, his best years were behind him. He hit .292 with the Pirates (Phucco!) the year before he signed, but after hitting .249 in only 136 games over two seasons in Philadelphia, Backman lasted only 10 games and 31 at-bats with Seattle before retiring.

Backman started coaching after his playing days and won Sporting News' "Minor League Manager of the Year" in 2004. Because of his success, he was hired as manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. However, the Diamonds (apparently) were unaware of certain things in Backmans past, like multiple arrests and owing the IRS a bunch of money. Saying that Backman lied about his past, he was fired before ever coaching a game.

Backman got back into coaching through the independent leagues and last check was skipper of the Brooklyn Cyclones.

The following video is from the documentary "Playing for Peanuts" which was done while Backman was coaching the South Georgia Peanuts of the now defunct South Coast League. It's funny but it is completely NSFW due to Backmans love of the "F word." If you are at work, plug in some headphones. If you are at home, earmuff your children. Then enjoy.

8 comments:

GM-Carson said...

I love how Backman is pissed because he gets thrown after busting out f*ck about 13 times before getting tossed. That's some serious anger/language. No need to say that kinda shit over a baseball game, but that sure is funny!

GM-Carson said...

Also, I think he acted it up a bit, or perhaps a lot, knowing the camera was on him. Throwing all those bats and balls...c'mon?!

GM-Carson said...

I was checking out the Phillies signings this offseason on their MLB page and it says they signed catcher Kevin Cash. I don't remember that, does anyone else?

Bob D said...

I saw awhile back that Cash signed. Katz is another catcher that signed too. They both have some upside if needed for the Phils. Ruben has put together atleast some decent backups together if needed. I think this group of backups and AAA players has more potential if called upon.

GM-Carson said...

I'm a fan of the minor league signings. Love seeing players with MLB experience inked to fill Triple A roster. Guess that makes me a baseball nerd. Anyway, Rube has done a good job signing depth through this type of transaction this winter. Got some options at outfield, infield, and relief should someone go down. It would be nice to land a starting pitcher or two to stow away for insurance purposes, but I guess that's what KK, Worley, and Carpenter are for if Blanton is traded or God forbid one of the Phab Phour are injured.

betandbingo said...

I bet he acted up to the camera there.

nick the bet

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john said...

I can assure you he wasn't playing to the cameras. Just Wally being Wally.

Thanks for posting the video though!