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Aberdeen IronBirds
Acereros del Norte*
Águila de Veracruz*
Aigles de Trois-Rivieres*
Akron RubberDucks
Albuquerque Isotopes
Alexandria Aces*
Algodoneros de Unión Laguna*
Altoona Curve
Amarillo Sod Poodles
Arkansas Travelers
Asheville Tourists
Augusta GreenJackets
Bay Area Toros*
Beloit Snappers
Billings Mustangs
Biloxi Shuckers
Binghamton Rumble Ponies*
Birmingham Barons
Boise Hawks
Bowie Baysox
Bowling Green Hot Rods
Bradenton Marauders
Bravos de León
Brooklyn Cyclones
Buffalo Bisons
Capitales de Quebec
Carolina Mudcats
Cedar Rapids Kernels
Charleston RiverDogs
Charlotte Knights*
Chattanooga Lookouts
Clearwater Threshers
Cleburne Railroaders*
Columbia Fireflies*
Columbus Clippers
Connecticut Tigers
Corpus Christi Hooks
Dayton Dragons
Daytona Tortugas
Delmarva Shorebirds
Diablos Rojos del México
Down East Wood Ducks*
Dunedin Blue Jays
Durham Bulls
Erie SeaWolves
Eugene Emeralds
Evansville Otters
Everett AquaSox
Fayetteville Woodpeckers*
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
Fayetteville Astros*
Florence Freedom
Fort Myers Mighty Mussels*
Fort Wayne TinCaps
Frederick Keys
Fredericksburg Nationals*
Fresno Grizzlies*
Frisco RoughRiders
Gary SouthShore RailCats
Gastonia Honey Hunters*
Gateway Grizzlies
Generales de Durango*
Grand Junction Rockies
Great Falls Voyagers
Great Lakes Loons
Greensboro Grasshoppers
Greenville Drive
Guerreros de Oaxaca
Gwinnett Stripers*
Harrisburg Senators
Hartford Yard Goats*
Hickory Crawdads
High Point Rockers
Hillsboro Hops
Houston Apollos*
Hudson Valley Renegades*
Idaho Falls Chukars
Indianapolis Indians
Inland Empire 66ers*
Iowa Cubs
Jackson Generals
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp*
Joliet Slammers
Jupiter Hammerheads
Kane County Cougars
Kannapolis Cannon Ballers*
Kansas City T-Bones*
Lake County Captains
Lake Elsinore Storm
Lake Erie Crushers
Lakeland Flying Tigers
Lakewood BlueClaws
Lancaster Barnstormers
Lancaster JetHawks
Lansing Lugnuts
Laredo Lemurs
Las Vegas 51s
Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Leones de Yucatán
Lexington Legends*
Lincoln Saltdogs
Long Beach Armada*
Long Island Ducks
Louisville Bats
Lowell Spinners*
Lynchburg Hillcats*
Mariachis de Guadalajara*
Memphis Redbirds
Midland RockHounds
Milwaukee Milkmen*
Mississippi Braves
Missoula Paddleheads*
Mobile BayBears
Modesto Nuts
Montgomery Biscuits
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Nashville Sounds*
New Hampshire Fisher Cats
New Jersey Jackals*
New Orleans Baby Cakes
New York Boulders
Norfolk Tides
Normal CornBelters
Northern Colorado Owlz* Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Norwich Sea Unicorns*
Ogden Raptors*
Oklahoma City Dodgers
Olmecas de Tabasco*
Omaha Storm Chasers
Palm Beach Cardinals
Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Peoria Chiefs
Pericos de Puebla
Piratas de Campeche
Portland Sea Dogs
Potros de Tijuana*
Quad City River Bandits
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Reading Fightin Phils
Reno Aces
Richmond Flying Squirrels
Rieleros de Aguascalientes
Rochester Red Wings
Rocky Mountain Vibes
Rome Braves
Round Rock Express
Sacramento River Cats
Salem Red Sox
Salt Lake Bees
San Antonio Missions
San Jose Giants
Saraperos de Saltillo
Sarasota Reds*
Schaumburg Boomers
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders*
Sioux City Explorers
Sioux Falls Canaries
Somerset Patriots
Sonoma Stompers
South Bend Cubs
Southern Illinois Miners
Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
Spokane Indians
Springfield Cardinals
St. Lucie Mets
St. Paul Saints*
Stockton Ports
Sugar Land Skeeters
Sultanes de Monterrey*
Sussex County Miners*
Syracuse Chiefs
Tacoma Rainiers*
Tampa Tarpons*
Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos*
Tennessee Smokies*
Texarkana Gunslingers*
Tigres de Quintana Roo
Toledo Mud Hens
Toros de Tijuana*
Traverse City Beach Bums
Trenton Thunder
Tri-City Dust Devils
Tri-City ValleyCats
Tucson Padres
Tulsa Drillers
Vallejo Admirals*
Vancouver Canadians
Visalia Rawhide
Washington Wild Things
West Michigan Whitecaps
Wichita Wind Surge*
Wilmington Blue Rocks
West Virginia Power
Windy City Thunderbolts
Winnipeg Goldeyes
Winston-Salem Dash*
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Worcester Red Sox*
York Revolution
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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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