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Backman lands on feet in Mets' system

Updated: November 16, 2009, 12:34 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Wally Backman was hired Monday as manager of the New York Mets' Brooklyn Cyclones farm team in the New York-Penn League.

A member of the Mets' 1986 World Series championship team, Backman was hired to manage the Arizona Diamondbacks in November 2004. He was fired four days later after The New York Times reported he had been arrested twice and had financial problems.

"I am thrilled and grateful to be coming back to the Mets' organization," Backman said in a statement. ...

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