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|Tony Gwynn's Take|
But this scenario is more embarrassing for the D-Backs than for Backman, because they didn't do their homework. Background checks are such a routine part of the job-application process today. You need to make sure you do your homework before you hire someone.
The D-Backs obviously didn't do that, but give them credit for making a tough decision after the fact.
Now Bob Melvin, who managed the Mariners the past two years, is Arizona's new skipper. I played against Melvin when he was a catcher with the Giants, and I believe he has good managerial skills.
With a young team like the D-Backs, it's important to be patient and to be a teacher of the game. Melvin is the type of manager who can teach young guys. He looks like a good choice for the D-Backs.
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