Sandy Alderson

Wally Backman Hopes His Time With The Bees Creates A Major League Buzz

Wally Backman Hopes His Time With The Bees Creates A Major League Buzz

Clearly happy to be wanted again, Wally Backman ventured deep into every handshake line last week, visiting three venues in just over a day to introduce himself to the fans of the New Britain Bees, the independent Atlantic League team he has agreed to manage this season.

During his baseball career he has repeated this ritual many times, smiling and looking genuinely excited about his opportunities to manage. Nearly 20 years after it all began with a job in the relative anonymity of the Western Baseball League it’s still the same.

Backman has had quite the journey since, a saga of opportunity and opportunity lost, a former scrappy major-league second baseman wearing...

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