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Bisons Hire Wally Backman as New Manager

11:51 PM, Nov 17, 2011   |    comments
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Wally Backman is moving his way up the New York Mets' farm system after being named manager of the Buffalo Bisons, the team's Triple-A affiliate.

At 52, the former major league infielder takes over the Buffalo Bisons. He replaces Tim Teufel, who was promoted to become the Mets' third-base coach this offseason.

Backman has nine seasons of managerial experience and two with the Mets organization. He broke in as a manager in 2001 with the Chicago White Sox Single-A affiliate Winston-Salem. Backman has a 534-488 career record and has one two league titles as a manager.

From Prineville, Ore, Backman spent 14 seasons in the majors, including his first nine with the Mets from 1980-88, and was a member of New York's 1986 World Series championship team.

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