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Wally BackmanHigh Level: MLB Stat Years: 1977-1993 MLB Years: 1980-1993
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1st Round Draft Pick
World Series Champion

Positions2B-1021, SS-292, 3B-120, DH-1Position when DraftedSSPlayer Listed UnderMajor Leaguers
Proper NameWalter Wayne Backman
Height5-9Weight168BatsBothThrowsRight
Born DateSeptember 22,1959 [58.152]PlaceHillsboro,Oregon
High SchoolAloha (Aloha,OR)

DraftedSelected by the New York Mets in the 1st round (16th overall) of the 1977 Amateur Entry Draft [Signed]
Signing ScoutsMarvin Scott
MLB DebutSeptember 2,1980 [20.346]
OrganizationsNYN [12] PHI [2] MIN [1] PIT [1] SEA [1] Awards2
TBC Player ID8350Retrosheet IDbackw001MLBAM ID110419
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Career Talent RatingsBattingSpeed68Power29Contact55XBH28RBIs27Runs57Hitting67Durability57Team.499Ratings Explained

Batting Statistics

TopStats GlossaryBatting DetailsStatistical FeatsRemove Filters
YearTeamLeagueLvlOrgUnifPosAgeGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOHBPSHSFIBBDPAVGOBPSLGOPSTBXBHPAbabipISOSecAwOBABB%SO%K-BBHR%AB/HRXBH%
1977Little Falls MetsNYPLA-nyn-17692554483102630207285312100.325.393.451.84411518287.391.126.286.3789.7618.471.892.0942.5021.69
1978Lynchburg MetsCaroA+nyn-ss18132494861491993384217749956200.302.397.395.79219531581.371.093.294.36612.7417.041.340.52164.6720.81
1979Jackson MetsTexAAnyn-ss1911040463114115219235355053100.282.346.349.69514118448.317.067.198.3197.8111.161.430.45202.0015.79
1980Tidewater TidesILAAAnyn-2b2012540053117155151117876707400.293.415.363.77814521498.345.070.298.36417.4713.450.770.20400.0017.95
1980New York MetsNLMLBnyn282b2027931230110923111414113.323.396.355.751332110.375.032.140.34510.0012.731.270.000.006.67
1981Tidewater TidesILAAAnyn-ss-3b2121596931062210801010.153.275.237.51214470.176.084.254.24414.2911.430.800.000.0044.44
1981New York MetsNLMLBnyn62b2126365102000104702000.278.350.333.68312242.345.055.194.3209.5216.671.750.000.0020.00
1982New York MetsNLMLBnyn62b2296261377113232287494702016.272.387.372.7599718312.322.100.291.35015.7115.060.960.9687.0025.35
1983Tidewater TidesILAAAnyn-2b23101361691141131283715684700220.316.422.371.79313415431.359.055.305.36715.7810.900.690.23361.0013.16
1983New York MetsNLMLBnyn62b232642670103002801002.167.205.214.4199145.206.047.095.1934.4417.784.000.000.0014.29
1984New York MetsNLMLBnyn62b24128436681221921263295663052213.280.360.339.69914822499.324.059.241.32311.2212.631.130.20436.0018.03
1985New York MetsNLMLBnyn62b251455207714224513830123672114313.273.320.344.66417930574.313.071.175.2996.2712.542.000.17520.0021.13
1986New York MetsNLMLBnyn62b26124387671241821271373632014313.320.376.385.76114921440.345.065.173.3448.187.270.890.23387.0016.94
1987New York MetsNLMLBnyn62b2794300437561123113254309105.250.307.287.594868335.288.037.147.2727.4612.841.720.30300.0010.67
1988New York MetsNLMLBnyn62b2899294448912001795414919216.303.388.344.73210112347.360.041.194.33811.8214.121.200.000.0013.48
1989Minnesota TwinsALMLBmin22b298729933699212611324514104.231.306.284.5908512337.268.053.161.2789.5013.351.410.30299.0017.39
1990Pittsburgh PiratesNLMLBpit193b30104315629221322863425310315.292.374.397.77112526361.342.105.248.35011.6314.681.260.55157.5028.26
1991Philadelphia PhilliesNLMLBphi62b-3b3194185204512001532303002302.243.344.308.6525712220.285.065.232.30613.6413.641.000.000.0026.67
1992Philadelphia PhilliesNLMLBphi62b3242486131006106901013.271.352.292.64414155.333.021.167.29810.9116.361.500.000.007.69
1993Seattle MarinersALMLBsea223b331029240000001801000.138.167.138.3054031.190.000.034.1443.2325.818.000.000.000.00
MLB Totals - 14 Season(s)Filter1102324548289313819102401175237148056819955.275.349.339.68810991673708.318.064.198.00010.0112.941.290.27324.5018.70
Minor League Totals - 6 Season(s)Filter55819733215866925131721355330232411191030.297.392.377.7697441072315.348.080.275.00013.0514.001.070.56151.7718.26
AAA Totals - 3 Season(s)Filter247820128240299285502416512208630.293.409.357.76629340999.339.064.298.00016.5212.210.740.20410.0016.67
AA Totals - 1 Season(s)Filter11040463114115219235355053100.282.346.349.69514118448.317.067.198.0007.8111.161.430.45202.0015.79
A+ Totals - 1 Season(s)Filter132494861491993384217749956200.302.397.395.79219531581.371.093.294.00012.7417.041.340.52164.6720.81
A- Totals - 1 Season(s)Filter692554483102630207285312100.325.393.451.84411518287.391.126.286.0009.7618.471.892.0942.5021.69
New York Mets Totals - 9 Season(s)Filter7652369359670951471651064626033536012741.283.353.344.6978141162704.325.061.196.0009.6212.391.290.26338.4317.31
Pittsburgh Pirates Totals - 1 Season(s)Filter104315629221322863425310315.292.374.397.77112526361.342.105.248.00011.6314.681.260.55157.5028.26
Minnesota Twins Totals - 1 Season(s)Filter8729933699212611324514104.231.306.284.5908512337.268.053.161.0009.5013.351.410.30299.0017.39
Philadelphia Phillies Totals - 2 Season(s)Filter136233265813002142363903315.249.346.305.6517113275.294.056.219.00013.0914.181.080.000.0022.41
Seattle Mariners Totals - 1 Season(s)Filter1029240000001801000.138.167.138.3054031.190.000.034.0003.2325.818.000.000.000.00
Average MLB - Per 162 games162477711312031351785571110318.275.349.339.68816225545.318.064.198.00010.0112.941.290.27324.5018.70
Average Minor - Per 162 games162573931702074503915889436310.297.392.377.76921631672.348.080.275.00013.0514.001.070.56151.7718.26

Fielding Statistics

TopPositions by DayStats GlossaryAbout Fielding Data
YearTeam NameLgLevelOrgAgePosGGSInnPOAEDPTCTSCFPctRFgRFiSBCSSB%PBGPPos-ShareTm-Share
1978Lynchburg Mets CaroA+nyn18SS131--2023293049561531.9474.05------13299.295.6
1979Jackson Mets TexAAnyn192B5--148112322.9574.40------1104.53.7
1979Jackson Mets TexAAnyn19SS104--1702513046451421.9334.05------11094.577.0
1980Tidewater Tides ILAAAnyn202B103--2972631742577560.9715.44------12582.474.1
1980Tidewater Tides ILAAAnyn20SS21--3037557267.9313.19------12516.815.1
1980New York MetsNLMLBnyn202B20--4843-791911.0004.55------2774.112.3
1980New York MetsNLMLBnyn20SS8--1412142726.9633.25------2729.64.9
1981Tidewater Tides ILAAAnyn21SS6--521142726.9634.33------2128.64.3
1981Tidewater Tides ILAAAnyn212B2--37-210101.0005.00------219.51.4
1981Tidewater Tides ILAAAnyn213B5--410--14141.0002.80------2123.83.6
1981New York MetsNLMLBnyn213B1---------------263.81.0
1981New York MetsNLMLBnyn212B11--1421223735.9463.18------2642.310.7
1982New York MetsNLMLBnyn222B88--1692021430385371.9644.22------9691.754.3
1982New York MetsNLMLBnyn223B6--472-1311.8461.83------966.33.7
1982New York MetsNLMLBnyn22SS1---------------961.00.6
1983Tidewater Tides ILAAAnyn232B85--1542331051397387.9754.55------10184.261.2
1983Tidewater Tides ILAAAnyn23SS12--18392135957.9664.75------10111.98.6
1983Tidewater Tides ILAAAnyn233B4--3611109.9002.25------1014.02.9
1983New York MetsNLMLBnyn233B2--532-108.8004.00------267.71.2
1983New York MetsNLMLBnyn232B14--1112-223231.0001.64------2653.88.6
1984New York MetsNLMLBnyn242B115--2182941072522512.9814.45------12889.871.0
1984New York MetsNLMLBnyn24SS8--512-117171.0002.13------1286.34.9
1985New York MetsNLMLBnyn25SS1--1---111.0001.00------1450.70.6
1985New York MetsNLMLBnyn252B140--272370776649642.9894.59------14596.686.4
1986New York MetsNLMLBnyn262B113--1862901756493476.9664.21------12491.169.8
1987New York MetsNLMLBnyn272B87--131210644347341.9833.92------9492.653.7
1988New York MetsNLMLBnyn282B92--128219436351347.9893.77------9992.957.5
1989Minnesota TwinsALMLBmin292B84--146187637339333.9823.96------8796.651.9
1989Minnesota TwinsALMLBmin29DH1---------------871.10.6
1990Pittsburgh PiratesNLMLBpit303B71--34104125150138.9201.94------10468.343.8
1990Pittsburgh PiratesNLMLBpit302B15--2232-554541.0003.60------10414.49.3
1991Philadelphia PhilliesNLMLBphi312B36--5052212104102.9812.83------9438.322.2
1991Philadelphia PhilliesNLMLBphi313B20--427213331.9391.55------9421.312.3
1992Philadelphia PhilliesNLMLBphi322B10--1020143130.9683.00------4223.86.2
1992Philadelphia PhilliesNLMLBphi323B2---------------424.81.2
1993Seattle MarinersALMLBsea332B1---1--111.0001.00------1010.00.6
1993Seattle MarinersALMLBsea333B9--4143-2118.8572.00------1090.05.6
MLB Totals for 2B - 14 season(s)-   2B826--140519536938334273358.9804.07------8260.00.0
MLB Totals for 3B - 7 season(s)-   3B111--51155216227206.9071.86------1110.00.0
MLB Totals for SS - 4 season(s)-   SS18--2024154544.9782.44------180.00.0
MLB Totals for DH - 1 season(s)-   DH1---------------10.00.0
AAA Totals for 2B - 3 season(s)-   2B190--4545032795984957.9735.04------1900.00.0
AAA Totals for SS - 3 season(s)-   SS39--5397822158150.9493.85------390.00.0
AAA Totals for 3B - 2 season(s)-   3B9--716112423.9582.56------90.00.0
AA Totals for SS - 1 season(s)-   SS104--1702513046451421.9334.05------1040.00.0
AA Totals for 2B - 1 season(s)-   2B5--148112322.9574.40------50.00.0
A+ Totals for SS - 1 season(s)-   SS131--2023293049561531.9474.05------1310.00.0

Fielding Statistics - Position Grid

TopPositions by DayStats GlossaryAbout Fielding Data
YearTeam NameLeagueLevelOrgAgePC1B2BSS3BLFCFRFOFDH
1978Lynchburg Mets CaroA+nyn18----131------
1979Jackson Mets TexAAnyn19---5104------
1980Tidewater Tides ILAAAnyn20---10321------
1980New York MetsNLMLBnyn20---208------
1981Tidewater Tides ILAAAnyn21---265-----
1981New York MetsNLMLBnyn21---11-1-----
1982New York MetsNLMLBnyn22---8816-----
1983Tidewater Tides ILAAAnyn23---85124-----
1983New York MetsNLMLBnyn23---14-2-----
1984New York MetsNLMLBnyn24---1158------
1985New York MetsNLMLBnyn25---1401------
1986New York MetsNLMLBnyn26---113-------
1987New York MetsNLMLBnyn27---87-------
1988New York MetsNLMLBnyn28---92-------
1989Minnesota TwinsALMLBmin29---84------1
1990Pittsburgh PiratesNLMLBpit30---15-71-----
1991Philadelphia PhilliesNLMLBphi31---36-20-----
1992Philadelphia PhilliesNLMLBphi32---10-2-----
1993Seattle MarinersALMLBsea33---1-9-----

Other Batting Statistics

TopRegular Season BattingStats GlossaryAbout 'Other' Stats
YearTeamLeagueCategoryAgeGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOHBPSHSFIBBDPAVGOBPSLGOPSTBXBHPAbabipISOSecABB%SO%K-BBHR%AB/HRXBH%
1986New York MetsChamp. SeriesMLB26621550002102400000.238.304.238.5425023.294.000.1438.7017.392.000.000.000.00
1986New York MetsWorld SeriesMLB26618460001103200000.333.429.333.7626021.375.000.22214.299.520.670.000.000.00
1988New York MetsChamp. SeriesMLB28722261002102500000.273.333.318.6517124.353.045.1828.3320.832.500.000.0016.67
1990Pittsburgh PiratesChamp. SeriesMLB3037111000101300000.143.250.286.536218.250.143.42912.5037.503.000.000.00100.00
MLB Playoffs - Championship Series Totals - 3 yrs165081220043051200000.240.309.280.58914255.316.040.2009.0921.822.400.000.0016.67
MLB Playoffs - World Series Totals - 1 yrs618460001103200000.333.429.333.7626021.375.000.22214.299.520.670.000.000.00

Jobs in Baseball

TopAbout Jobs
YearTeamLgLevelCategoryOrgAgeJobGWLPctGBLRankManager/HCPlayoffs
2001Winston-Salem WarthogsCaroA+Minorcha41Manager1405486.38635.04 
2002Birmingham BaronsSouAAMinorcha42Manager1407961.564--1 League Champions
2003Birmingham BaronsSouAAMinorcha43Manager1377364.5331.52 Lost in Semi-Finals
2004Lancaster JetHawksCalifA+Minorari44Manager1408654.614--1 Lost in FInals
2007South Georgia PeanutsSCLIndIndy-47Manager875928.678--1 League Champions
2008Joliet JackHammersNorthernIndIndy-48Manager964353.44819.05 
2010Brooklyn CyclonesNYPLA-Minornyn50Manager755124.680--1 Lost in Finals
2011Binghamton MetsEastAAMinornyn51Manager1416576.46111.55 
2012Buffalo BisonsILAAAMinornyn52Manager1436776.46916.56 
2014Las Vegas 51sPCLAAAMinornyn54Manager1448163.563--1 Lost in Semi-Finals
2015Las Vegas 51sPCLAAAMinornyn55Manager1447767.5351.02 
2016Las Vegas 51sPCLAAAMinornyn56Manager1447074.4863.53 
* The team record above is related to the full season for that team. It is possible that the job was only held for part of the season.
* MLB in Bold
* Highlighted rows indicate league champions

Awards [2]

TopAwards SectionAbout Awards
YearAwards (Notes)# Awards
2002Southern League Manager of the Year1
2014Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year1

Roster Transactions

Top Change of Organization Injuries/DL Contracts
Tranx DatePosOrganizationAssignment40mStatusTypeTransaction DescriptionRoster for Current Team
1993-05-17Released by Mariners. 
1993-04-05ContractSigned as Free Agent by Mariners. 
1993-04-01Released by Braves. 
1993-01-25ContractSigned as Free Agent by Braves. 
1992-11-05Free AgentGranted Free Agency. 
1991-01-10ContractSigned as Free Agent by Phillies. 
1990-11-05Free AgentGranted Free Agency. 
1990-01-31ContractSigned as Free Agent by Pirates. 
1989-11-13Free AgentGranted Free Agency. 
1988-12-07TradeTraded by Mets with Mike Santiago to Twins for Toby Nivens, Steve Gasser and Jeff Bumgarner. 
* Transactions data can be divided into 2 eras. 2012-2018 includes all MLB/Minor roster movement whereas 1903-2012 contains only MLB change of organization with some DL-related data since 2000s.

Salaries

TopAbout Salary DataPayroll SectionAll $ are USD
YearTeam NamePayrollAgeSalaryServMLB RkTm RkCentileAboveLeague AvgLeague MinCareer*Contracts
1985New York MetsTeam Payroll25200,000-4021734370,78060,000200,000
1986New York MetsTeam Payroll26325,000-3281454386,34760,000525,000
1987New York MetsTeam Payroll27550,000-1901174++344,90660,0001,075,000
1988New York MetsTeam Payroll28650,000-1731076++392,10762,5001,725,000
1989Minnesota TwinsTeam Payroll29750,000-175779++429,80262,5002,475,000
1990Pittsburgh PiratesTeam Payroll30400,000-3371752515,727100,0002,875,000
1991Philadelphia PhilliesTeam Payroll31650,000-2891159742,231100,0003,525,000
1992Philadelphia PhilliesTeam Payroll32650,000-3181361962,245109,0004,175,000
1993Seattle MarinersTeam Payroll33109,000-75733-968,431109,0004,284,000
* Career earnings are a simple calculation of available yearly salaries listed here. They include only base salary and draft signing bonus. Minor league salaries are excluded. The value is not meant to reflect a player's actual career earnings.
* League minimum salaries are displayed in red