Former K-Mets manager Bobby Floyd is among the 2019 special election class of Appy League inductees announced Wednesday. He is the first inductee from the Kingsport Mets affiliate.
The Appalachian League Hall of Fame was created this earlier this year with seven former players who are Major League Baseball Hall of Famers: Greg Maddux, Eddie Murray, Kirby Puckett, Cal Ripken Jr., Nolan Ryan, Jim Thome and Alan Trammell.
The special election class includes former Appalachian League presidents Lee Landers, Chauncey DeVault and Bill Halstead; former Danville player Andruw Jones; Elizabethton manager Ray Smith; former general managers George McGonagle, of Bluefield, Boyce Cox, of Bristol and Jim Holland, of Princeton; as well as contributors Randy Boyd, of Johnson City, David Hagan, of Pulaski, Scott Niswonger, of Greeneville, and Miles Wolf, of Burlington.
Floyd managed the K-Mets in 1987 and ’88.
In 1988 he led Kingsport to its first Appy League title with a 48-25 record.
Ten players who played for Floyd at Kingsport went on to play at the Major League level.
Floyd has spent 55 years in baseball as a player, manager and coach, including 34 years with the Mets organization. He currently serves as a senior adviser with the Mets.
He played seven seasons in the Major Leagues with the Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals.