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From left, Ross “The Mayor” Peeples, Juan Apodaca and Wilson Batista celebrate the Barnstormers’ 2014 Atlantic League championship. Wednesday, Peeples was named the Barnstormers manager.

Ross Peeples has been "The Mayor" for years. Now he will get an office that fits the title. On Wednesday, Peeples was named the sixth manager in the history of the Lancaster Barnstormers.
"I'm excited," Peeples said. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity and the challenge."
Peeples replaces Butch Hobson, whom the Barnstormers did not bring back after six seasons as skipper.
"Ross has been awesome with everything he's done for us, from playing for us for 10 years, to working in the front office to coaching to helping recruit players," said Rob Liss, one of the team's owners. "He has a resume where everything he's tried, he has been successful.
"And he always puts the team first. He bleeds Barnstormers. So, we think he's going to be a great manager."
Peeples, a left-handed pitcher, was drafted by the New York Mets in 1999 and played in their system for four seasons before landing in Lancaster in 2005, the Barnstormers’ inaugural season.
He has been in the Red Rose City ever since, playing for the Stormers for 10 years before retiring after helping them win the 2014 Atlantic League championship. His longevity with the team led to the nickname "The Mayor."
On the mound with the Barnstormers, Peeples set an Atlantic League record by making 374 appearances and franchise records of 602 2/3 innings pitched and 325 strikeouts.
The last two seasons, Peeples has been a coach for the team under Hobson.
"I'm going to take what I learned from (former Barnstormers manager) Tommy (Herr), stuff I Learned from Butch and things I learned from my dad," who was also a coach, Peeples said.
"I think the best thing I can do as a first-year manager is try to be as organized and prepared as I can."
Peeples grew up in Georgia, but Lancaster is now his home.
"If you'd have told me in 2005 I'd be here for 11 years, I'd have told you you're crazy," he said.
Peeples meet his wife, Sarah, during his first season with the Barnstormers, and they now have two children — Levi, who is 2, and Hope, born Nov. 8.
"We're really happy that we will have a manager who lives in Lancaster year-round," Liss said. "That's going to help us build the team on and off the field."
Peeples has always been involved with sports. His dad was a coach and he remembers fondly his time as a youngster, and later as a player, spent with his dad on the court and on the football field and on the baseball diamond.
Now he's hopeful he can manage long enough that his son will be able to accompany him to the Clipper Magazine Stadium.
"I'm looking to forward to him getting older and coming with me to the ballpark, hanging out in the clubhouse, experiencing what what I did when I was a kid," he said.
"As he's growing up, I'll be hopefully growing as a manager and we can share the experience."
Another thing he would like to share is another championship with Barnstormers fans. He starts that quest in April.