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Despite Past, Backman Appreciated In Lancaster

"He's one of the best," Lancaster JetHawks catcher says of Wally Backman. Reaction from the JetHawks front office and Backman's former players paints a very different picture of the now dismissed Diamondbacks skipper than the ones that have been presented by the Diamondbacks. The newest addition to the FutureBacks.com staff, Marisa Jensen, finds those who played for, and worked with Backman felt, "he had moved on."

In perhaps one of the most bizarre twists of fate in baseball history, former Lancaster Jet Hawks manager Wally Backman was hired as the Arizona Diamondbacks manager and fired four days later. A background check was prompted after the New York Times broke a story concerning Backman's personal and financial problems. The Diamondbacks claimed they were unaware of Backman's somewhat troubling past...

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