“Playing for Peanuts” is a 10-episode documentary series that delves into minor league baseball through the lens of the South Georgia Peanuts’ 2007 season. Managed by former New York Mets star Wally Backman, the team faces harsh conditions, low pay, and grueling travel, all in pursuit of major league dreams. Notable baseball personalities like Cecil Fielder and Ron Darling make appearances.

Despite positive reviews, the series had a tumultuous broadcast history, premiering on May 11, 2008, but soon pulled off the air due to a dispute between producer John J. Fitzgerald and SportsNet New York. The issue revolved around the network’s reluctance to promote the show, fearing it might look like an endorsement of Backman for a managerial role with the Mets.

Playing for Peanuts | May 11, 2008 (United States) 8.3
Stars: Wally Backman, Cecil Fielder, Blake GailenSummary: See the life through Wally Backham and his amateur baseball team, the Peanuts.


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