Report: Ex-Met Wally Backman Arrested After Alleged Domestic Dispute

Ryan Chatelain
August 30, 2019 - 2:01 pm
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Former Mets second baseman Wally Backman was reportedly arrested Friday morning on Long Island following an alleged domestic dispute with a woman.

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Riverhead police responded to a report of a dispute at a home in the Suffolk County town around 7:45 a.m., police Chief David Hegermiller told Newsday. Backman, who is the manager of the independent minor league Long Island Ducks, was arrested on charges of second-degree harassment and fourth-degree criminal mischief, Hegermiller said.

The 59-year-old minor league manager was accused Friday of pushing a woman against a wall, twisting her hand and taking her phone so she couldn't call 911.

Backman was arraigned in court and released on his own recognizance, Newsday reported. He is due back in court Sept. 22. 

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Backman played for the Mets from 1980-88 and was a member of their 1986 World Series championship team. He also played for the Twins, Pirates, Phillies and Mariners.

He went on to manage for years in the Mets organization but was fired as manager of the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s after butting heads wth team management. This season is his first leading the Ducks, who play in Central Islip.

"We are aware of the alleged incident involving Wally Backman," Ducks president and general manager Michael Pfaff said in a statement on social media. "We have spoken with Wally and understand he categorically denies all charges against him. Wally will continue as manager and neither he nor the Long Island Ducks will comment further on this pending legal matter."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.