Trivia Facts About Wally Backman Who Played For the Mets
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Trivia Facts About Wally Backman Who Played For the Mets

These are some facts people may not know about Wally Backman who played for the Mets!

Second baseman Wally Backman batted .300 or better three times in nine seasons with New York Mets but that statistic is somewhat a skewed.

Backman was exceptionally vulnerable from the right side of the plate. Wally Backman was the everyday second baseman in 1985. He hit .324 with a .429 slugging percentage from left side and from the right side he hit an anemic .122 in 131 at bats.

The Mets acquired right handed hitting Tim Teufel from the Minnesota Twins in the winter of 1985 and it proved to be a winning platoon.

Backman and Teufel together made a total of 26 errors in 1986, with 17 of them from Wally Backman. They teamed up for 38 doubles. 18 of them were from Backman and 102 runs, which 67 were from Backman and 193 hits and 124 were by Backman.

On his own Backman hit .320 and was the second in the National League with a .346 average on turf and struck out just 32 times in 387 at bats.

Backman in the National League Championship Series

Backman batted only .238 in the National League Championship Series against the Houston Astros but he made a big contribution as a runner.

With the Mets trailing by a run in the Ninth Inning of third game, Backman bunted up first base line and he briefly skidded out of baseline to avoid the tag of the Houston first baseman Glenn Davis on the way to safely reaching first base.

There was an argument by the Astros Lenny Dykstra homer to win the game. Backman hit .333 in the World Series and scored tying run in game seven.

Wally Backman batted .303 in 1998 as the Mets again won the National League East. However, after the season the Mets shipped Wally Backman to Minnesota where he struggled against American League pitching.

Backman returned to the senior circuit with the Pirates in 1990 and batted .292 for the National League East champs. Wally Backman played for the Philadelphia for two years and ended his career in Seattle in 1993.

Backman was manager for many years for the minor leagues around the country. In 2011 Backman interviewed to be a manager for the Mets to replace Jerry Manuel.

Wally Backman interviewed twice for the Managerial position but lost it to someone else.

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