Former Mets infielder Backman out as team's Triple-A manager

WASHINGTON (AP) Former New York Mets infielder Wally Backman is out as the team's Triple-A manager in Las Vegas.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters before Monday night's game in Washington that Backman ''has decided to move on.''

Alderson didn't elaborate on who made the decision that Backman was done with the Mets' organization.

Backman had managed the Mets' top minor league team for five years. He started as a manager in the Mets' organization in 2010.

Backman was part of the Mets team that won the 1986 World Series championship. The second baseman was popular with fans for his charged-up style.

Next week, Backman turns 57. He previously managed in the minors for Arizona and the Chicago White Sox.

The Diamondbacks hired him in November 2004 to manage their major league team the next year. He was fired four days later after revelations about his past legal and financial trouble.

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