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Melvin, Acta were other finalists for job

Updated: November 1, 2004, 8:24 PM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- Wally Backman was the scrappy, intense second baseman for the World Series champion New York Mets 18 years ago. He promises to bring that same style to the Arizona Diamondbacks as their new manager.

Backman, who took himself out of contention for the Mets managing job last week, was hired Monday to take over an Arizona team coming off one of the worst seasons in major league history.

"My style is hard, aggressive baseball," Backman said. "If my brother is second baseman ...

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