More on Backman

DMZ · November 4, 2004 at 3:04 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

You’ll recall that Dave expressed a pretty low opinion about Wally Backman’s fitness to be the new Diamondbacks manager (well, maybe not so much anymore). For those who haven’t followed, check out what’s happening. Backman’s having some issues emerge, and what’s maybe more disturbing than the actual incidents is that he’s pretty much evading responisiblity entirely… for any of it.

So, there you go.


19 Responses to “More on Backman”

  1. tvwxman on November 4th, 2004 3:09 pm

    Next thing you’ll know, we’ll find out Backman forged his resume, went to fraternity party and was pictured drinking beers with co-eds; and have a stripper using his credit card during a golf outing in Florda.

  2. Evan on November 4th, 2004 3:24 pm

    Umm… Wow.

    I guess Dave wasn’t exaggerating. Backman does make Bowa look sane.

  3. Jim Thomsen on November 4th, 2004 3:59 pm

    What are the odds of Backman — or his hunting partner — getting through the weekend without being “accidentally” shot? They already have built-in alibis — their wives are to blame.

  4. Digger on November 4th, 2004 4:15 pm

    Facing this, how can Sexson not want to move on?

  5. msb on November 4th, 2004 4:24 pm

    “Facing this, how can Sexson not want to move on?”–Comment by Digger

    Pedro Gomez has already written the ‘Backman arrives, Johnson & Sexson leave” article for EPSN….

  6. Pat Smith on November 4th, 2004 5:12 pm

    Wally should fit in with the modern athlete. Are you sure he wasn’t an ex basketball star?

  7. Jordan on November 4th, 2004 5:16 pm

    Hey! Give the guy a break!

    At least he didn’t bet on baseball.

  8. ChrisK on November 4th, 2004 5:54 pm

    Please please Wally, hire your ex-teammates Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry as your bench coaches. The clubhouse chemistry would be pure gold!

  9. MacMariner on November 4th, 2004 7:46 pm

    Dave you 100% called this one, great stuff. I bet BoMel is sitting in Phoenix laughing his head off and waiting for the phone to ring! 🙂 On a side note, Bavasi ran rings around all the other GM’s who were looking to replace their managers this off-season. What a bloody pantomime it’s been.

  10. David J Corcoran on November 4th, 2004 8:00 pm

    Idn’t it strange how the Mariners ended up with the BEST AVAILABLE MANAGER??? We never get the Best Available anything.

  11. Lou Able on November 4th, 2004 8:18 pm

    Hey what could they do the other finalist was Melvin.

  12. The Real Metz on November 4th, 2004 8:43 pm

    You guys rank on Melvin too hard. If you think Hargrove is going to fix our problems, you couldn’t be more wrong. Even if we land Beltre, I can’t see us being better than a .500 team.

  13. I hate Bob Melvin on November 4th, 2004 9:00 pm

    Melvin is much better than Backman. And that is coming from me.

  14. PositivePaul on November 5th, 2004 12:29 am

    I don’t think that anyone thinks that Hargrove will fix the M’s problems. The only one who can is Howard F. Lincoln.

    That said, Hargrove would not have lost 99 games with last year’s M’s team. 85-90, likely, but not 99. He’s a major upgrade over Melvin for sure!!!

  15. Adam B. on November 5th, 2004 9:13 am

    I actually like Hargrove better then I would’ve liked having the overhyped Dusty Baker we were clamering for in ’02.

    If you think our pitching injuries have been extreme lately, I can’t imagine what they’d look like if our starters were going out for 120-130 pitch counts EVERY night.

    As for whether or not Hargrove is better then Melvin I guess we won’t know til we see a couple years under Mikey.

    I’m not entirely sure that this years collapse had much, or anything to do with Melvin, but if he had to be the sacrificial lamb, we obviously could’ve done worse to replace him. =)

  16. David C on November 5th, 2004 10:41 am

    Update: Backman has just been fired!

  17. Ryan on November 5th, 2004 10:43 am
  18. Mark on November 5th, 2004 10:47 am

    I bet BoMel is sitting in Phoenix laughing his head off and waiting for the phone to ring!

    The phone just rang. ESPN is reporting that Melvin got the job after Backman was thrown overboard.

  19. Todd on November 5th, 2004 10:50 am

    Still, Backman’s record as theD-backs’manager will end up being better than BoMel’s.