Earlier this week, the Twins announced plans to peddle a limited edition bobblehead set featuring their entire 1991 World Championship squad, along with manager Tom Kelly. As the Star-Tribune’s Paul Walsh explains, not for the first time in his career, veteran P Terry Leach was the odd man out.
At first, team spokesman Chris Iles said the collection was limited to 25 dolls, so the team bumped Leach to make room for Kelly.
Even though he pitched in two World Series games, Leach was the odd doll out because he did not play in the American League Championship Series (ALCS), Iles said.
“I did not know that,” said Leach, 57, who now lives in Florida. “I don’t understand this at all. Why would there be a limit?”
A few hours after the announcement, the Twins executive in charge of the promotion said Leach was omitted only because the team mistakenly sent to the factory in China a roster that included just those who played in the ALCS.
“We are adding Terry Leach,” said Patrick Klinger, the team’s vice president for marketing. “He deserves to be added, and he will be in the bobblehead set.”
“The VP of marketing already called” and explained everything, Leach said late Thursday afternoon. “I told him good because that hurt my feelings. That would be embarrassing to not be included.”