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Posted 2018 July 26

So I was on the website for the Appalachian League, and I noticed the fairly odd headline "Appalachian League to honor Lee Landers with King of Baseball bobblehead". There was a picture of the bobblehead, and it featured an older white man wearing a dark grey suit, resting his hands on a baseball bat in front of him, and adorned with a red cape and a crown. It was such an odd thing to see that it didn't occur to me at first to ask the obvious question "Who the hell is Lee Landers?" My first question was simply "What the—" But eventually I regained the ability to form complete sentences in my head, and then it did occur to me to ask "Who the hell is Lee Landers?" Apparently he's been the president of the Appalachian League since 1996, and he's retiring after this season. So, okay, I can see why the teams want to honor him. And I guess I can see why they would choose to do so with a bobblehead, since that seems to be the in thing to do in baseball. But I noticed something odd in the lede: "Nine teams in the Advanced-Rookie league will participate in the promotion to honor League President Lee Landers, who will retire following the 2018 season."

Nine? Baseball teams almost never have an even number of teams, because that means an idle team every night. (Major League Baseball's two leagues are of course exceptions to this, but these days they effectively operate as two conferences of a unified league.) So not all the teams are participating in this. A quick check showed that the Appy League has ten teams, which means there is precisely one team not involved in this. That one team? The Princeton Rays.

So I'm curious: What did Landers do to piss these guys off so bad, anyway? And just how far are they willing to take this? Remember, this is West Virginia we're dealing with here — home to the Hatfield-McCoy feud. (Well, half of it: the Hatfields lived in West Virginia and the McCoys in Kentucky). I note that each team that is having the bobblehead giveaway is doing so on a night that Landers visits that city. Is he afraid to show his face in Princeton? It's only fifteen minutes to Bluefield (home of the Bluefield Blue Jays) from Princeton. Does Landers need to worry that when he goes to Bluefield the boys in Princeton will put together a posse to take their revenge on him for whatever it is he did?

Probably not, of course. But still, it seems odd that this one team isn't doing anything, and I can't help but wonder.

Anyway, as usual with Appalachian League teams, there's not really much to say about the name and logo. (Indeed, the reason I was on the Appy League website in the first place was that I was desperately trying to find something interesting to talk about.) They use their parent team's name, and the logo is just a variant of the parent team's logo. Whatever. I commented a few years ago that I wasn't sure why I even bothered to review Appy League teams. I still haven't figured it out. I probably never will. Just like I'll probably never know what Landers did to piss these guys off so bad.

Final Score: 36 points.
Penalties: Offspring, 12 pts; Letter, 24 pts.
Bonuses: None.


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