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  1. If he was worth following anymore Pronk Hafner would be pretty good.

    Comment by Dick Whitman — August 26, 2010 @ 4:36 pm

  2. Agreed.

    Where are the Oil Can Boyd’s and Catfish Hunter’s of the world? Even in the 90s, we had some good ones. The Big Unit, The Big Hurt, Kid Dynamite, Big Daddy. But part of baseball’s heritage is built on the lore of the game and guys named Shoeless Joe Jackson or The Yankee Clipper. It seems silly that someday I will tell my kids about Albert Pujols and the only nickname I can think of associated to him is “Winnie the Pooh-jols.”

    Comment by Tom — August 26, 2010 @ 4:41 pm

  3. Panda Sandoval?

    Comment by Adam — August 26, 2010 @ 4:41 pm

  4. I liked Fat Ichiro better, but it doesn’t work so well when he’s hitting .276.

    Comment by don — August 26, 2010 @ 4:44 pm

  5. How could you leave out “Cactus” Gavvy Cravath?

    Comment by Tom — August 26, 2010 @ 4:45 pm

  6. You refer to Ivan Rodriguez as I-Rod but left out his far superior nickname, Pudge.

    Comment by StatBoy — August 26, 2010 @ 4:48 pm

  7. I-Rod is the one that irritates me the most, because he already had a decent nickname (Pudge) when the whole *-Rod thing came about.

    Comment by Llewdor — August 26, 2010 @ 4:49 pm

  8. Brooks Conrad has been dubbed Raw Dog by Chipper Jones since he doesn’t wear batting gloves. It sounds really awkward when Chip Caray says it.

    Comment by dutch — August 26, 2010 @ 4:51 pm

  9. Pudge Rodriguez was a great nickname; I-Rod is an abomination. Pronk is really good too, and “Kung Fu Panda,” quite frankly, is a better nickname than the movie it’s taken from.

    Comment by Alex Remington — August 26, 2010 @ 4:56 pm

  10. Phat Albert and Prince Albert aren’t terrible, nor is King Felix. We’ve always had nickname royalty. But I wish there were more anarchically wacky nicknames to go with them.

    Comment by Alex Remington — August 26, 2010 @ 4:56 pm

  11. I am going to just start making up nicknames for players when I refer to them from now on. Like Ben “Gooch” Zobrist.

    Comment by Mike — August 26, 2010 @ 5:02 pm

  12. I prefer to call him Dr. Hafner, completely random between me and my friends, but he is the Doctor…Doctor Hafner that is…it has a good ring to it, you must admit.

    Comment by Mike — August 26, 2010 @ 5:07 pm

  13. Yikes. “raw dog” doesn’t have the best connotation..

    moving on-Big Hurt and Crime Dog are two great nicknames as well

    Comment by Anon — August 26, 2010 @ 5:08 pm

  14. Carlton Fisk was the first Pudge, so we need to find a worthy heir for that one.

    Comment by Light Sabermetrics — August 26, 2010 @ 5:09 pm

  15. Never got to the bigs, but my baseball nickname was Planet. I was a pitcher. You can imagine how that came to be. My current nickname at work is Tumbleweed.

    You just need to find someone that is good at giving nicknames. Or follow the Kobe route and give yourself a nickname.

    Comment by Pitcher — August 26, 2010 @ 5:11 pm

  16. I was just thinking of this the other day when some trivia question popped up that included “Sudden” Sam McDowell. There are scattered examples of good ones these days, but it does seem like there were infinitely better nicknames in the past; a lot of that is certainly selective memory (the bad ones, after all, vanish to the mists of time), but you don’t get a lot of ’3-Finger’s these days. Mostly, you just get announcers (I’m looking at you here, Dave Sims) shortening a name and adding ‘ie’ to the end of it. I swear, if I have to hear ‘Lopie’ one more time…

    (Also, Doug ‘Eye Chart’ Gwosdz. That is all.)

    Comment by SteveS — August 26, 2010 @ 5:14 pm

  17. The Royals had a self-nicknamed minor league pitcher, Chris “Disco” Hayes, a name he hung on himself because he’s a submariner whose ball “doesn’t get out of the ’70s.” Sadly, he was released in July. I hope somebody else gives him a shot.

    Comment by geo — August 26, 2010 @ 5:18 pm

  18. Zobrist already has a good one born out of his 2009 power spike: Zorilla.

    Comment by Scooter — August 26, 2010 @ 5:20 pm

  19. I have the best nickname.

    Comment by Ice Box Chamberlain — August 26, 2010 @ 5:21 pm

  20. Three Finger Brown, at least, made it easy on sportswriters. But I’m totally with you. Sudden Sam McDowell, and Black Jack McDowell, and Bullet Joe Rogan, and Bullet Joe Bush, and Smokey Joe Wood…

    I certainly hope that Disco Hayes catches on somewhere. But how in the world can R.A. Dickey, who is the easiest player to root for in the big leagues, be nicknameless? Can we all agree to call him “Tricky,” or “Knucksie,” at least, until someone actually comes up with an honest-to-God nickname for him?

    Comment by Alex Remington — August 26, 2010 @ 5:33 pm

  21. It is Peanuts Lowrey’s birthday tomorrow. (Born Harry Lee)

    Comment by Jamee — August 26, 2010 @ 5:34 pm

  22. At least we don’t call people “Chief” and “Dummy” anymore.

    Comment by Sam — August 26, 2010 @ 5:36 pm

  23. There are more decent ones out there than you think. People have already mentioned Pronk and Kung Fu-Panda, but there’s Big Donkey, The Flyin’ Hawaiian, and The Greek God of Walks. Even O-Dog and Pat the Bat are decent nicknames.

    Recently retired there’s El Duque, and a favorite of mine (the name, not the player) “The Mayor” Sean Casey.

    Comment by microwave donut — August 26, 2010 @ 5:38 pm

  24. The power is already gone, so he should lose the nickname, just like “Big Game” James should lose his. So Zobrist is now Gooch.

    Comment by Mike — August 26, 2010 @ 5:38 pm

  25. Choooooch

    Comment by Rut — August 26, 2010 @ 5:44 pm

  26. I always liked the Mayor and El Duque. (Speaking of Duque, I just realized that many of my favorite recent nicknames have belonged to Hispanic players: El Duque, El Caballo, Big Papi, Rich “El Guapo” Garces, Dennis “El Presidente” Martinez… and it’s hard to argue with Juan Marichal, the Dominican Dandy.)

    I haven’t heard people calling Youk the Greek God of Walks much any more, now that he’s better known and he’s made it clear that he doesn’t really like the name, because he isn’t Greek. It’s too bad. It’s a great nickname, even if it is factually incorrect.

    I like Big Donkey. I don’t hear that much. I also like Alex Gonzalez’s nickname, “Sea Bass” — anyone know where he got that one?

    Comment by Alex Remington — August 26, 2010 @ 5:51 pm

  27. my favorite current nickname is Derek Holland regularly being referred to as The Dutch Oven.

    Lesser Texas Ranger nicknames include Josh “Hambone” Hamilton, Colby “Cobra” Lewis, Tommy “Big Game” Hunter (after the video game), and Elvis “Tiny E” Andrus

    Comment by Adam D — August 26, 2010 @ 5:56 pm

  28. The Mayor has to be the best of the generation, its funny, different and actually means something.

    Comment by quint — August 26, 2010 @ 5:59 pm

  29. I’m fond of Chairman Mauer, although it hasn’t really caught fire yet. (courtesy TwinkieTown)

    Comment by Lucas — August 26, 2010 @ 6:16 pm

  30. Currently I am partial to “The Mexicutioner.”

    Comment by MikeS — August 26, 2010 @ 6:16 pm

  31. I liked “The BZA”, as if he were a Wu-Tang member.

    Comment by jrogers — August 26, 2010 @ 6:18 pm

  32. At Razzball they call Mark Reynolds “Mini-donkey” and Ian Stewart “Mini-mini-donkey”. I don’t think those are in wide usage, though.

    Comment by jrogers — August 26, 2010 @ 6:20 pm

  33. “Nowadays, they might have been called Eddie and Frankie, or maybe Ed and Frank.”

    Wouldn’t they be called “E-Pfeff” and “F-Pfeff” now? Say that second one five times fast.

    Comment by jrogers — August 26, 2010 @ 6:21 pm

  34. Everyone is forgetting the best modern day nickname for a ballplayer, The Freak.

    Comment by The Bunk — August 26, 2010 @ 6:22 pm

  35. Haha Tricky Dickey – Now thats a nickname!

    Comment by DonCoburleone — August 26, 2010 @ 6:32 pm

  36. Mini-Donkey!!!

    Comment by DonCoburleone — August 26, 2010 @ 6:34 pm

  37. My favorite for current ballplayers is “Big Donkey” for Adam Dunn, mainly because it seems to fit so well. It’s probably just me, but Dunn looks like a big donkey. I think “Pronk” is the cleverest nickname in recent years.

    Comment by ChuckO — August 26, 2010 @ 6:42 pm

  38. My nominee for the worst nickname I saw today: LoMo.

    Comment by jtwood426 — August 26, 2010 @ 6:45 pm

  39. Hey, if we’re discussing great nicknames we can’t leave out Terry “Fat Tub of Goo” Forster.

    Comment by Jaik Jarrkjens — August 26, 2010 @ 7:01 pm

  40. How do you write an article about baseball player nicknames and not mention perhaps the best of them all, Oil Can Boyd?

    PS….Buster Posey’s name is Gerald Demp Posey III. Buster, indeed, is a nickname.

    Comment by Bleachers — August 26, 2010 @ 7:05 pm

  41. What about Gerald Dempsey Posey III? aka Buster.

    Comment by Bruce Bochy — August 26, 2010 @ 7:06 pm

  42. My all-time favorite nickname is probably Losing Pitcher Mulcahy. Not very kind, but pretty funny.

    Comment by rbenchley — August 26, 2010 @ 7:09 pm

  43. fat elvis!!!!!

    Comment by lance berkman — August 26, 2010 @ 7:11 pm

  44. Who says great nicknames are dead? LMAO!

    Comment by Kriz — August 26, 2010 @ 7:11 pm

  45. The commercial ruined that one. He’s now either the Freaky Franchise or Big Time Timmy-Jim.

    Comment by Torgen — August 26, 2010 @ 8:04 pm

  46. The Big Puma(Berkman) and Vlad the Impaler are great nicknames… in basketball you got Dirk Diggler and the Big Aristotle.

    As stated, Big Donkey is also a classic.

    Comment by Kyle — August 26, 2010 @ 8:08 pm

  47. Considering how the internet has changed our ability to communicate, it’s weird that the nicknames small groups devise can’t become widespread, but maybe that’s because the communities that come up with nicknames are insular. In the past the MSM could dictate the nickname, and who were the readers to come up with their own?

    Comment by Torgen — August 26, 2010 @ 8:08 pm

  48. Dave Niehaus (the Mariners’ announcer) called Freddy Garcia the Big Chief because he looked like the character in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

    Comment by yuniform — August 26, 2010 @ 8:08 pm

  49. I’m not sure about your question mark, but I think your statement is correct. “King Felix,” for one, came from a blog, and is now ubiquitous. After reading the comments, I now sincerely hope Chairman Mauer catches on.

    Comment by yuniform — August 26, 2010 @ 8:12 pm

  50. I didn’t know how that nickname came about but now that I do I’m a big fan of it.

    Comment by Double06 — August 26, 2010 @ 8:24 pm

  51. I think you’re absolutely right. In most cases, the most florid nicknames were the exclusive creation of one writer’s pen, some Grantland Rice or Damon Runyan whom everyone read. With the blogosphere in full bloom, it’s certainly a lot harder for a complicated nickname to catch on.

    The Mexicutioner and Kung Fu Panda are both recent examples of a nickname beating the odds and gaining public acceptance, or at least relatively public acceptance, but it’s not easy.

    Still, ESPN has even greater reach than the New York sportswriters had back in the day. If they actually came up with good nicknames — and no one other than Chris Berman bothers to try, and don’t get me started — they’d have a pretty good chance of spreading those nicknames.

    Comment by Alex Remington — August 26, 2010 @ 8:31 pm

  52. I used to call Johnny Damon “Unfrozen Caveman Outfielder”, but that never got as much steam as plain ol’ “Caveman”. Which is a shame. Also, Randy “The Big Unit” Johnson gets double credit, as both his nickname and real name could easily belong to porn stars.

    Other favs include “The Yankee Clipper”, a whole passel of “Babe” Ruth’s silly nicknames, and of course… George “High Pockets” Kelly.

    Comment by respecknuckles — August 26, 2010 @ 8:32 pm

  53. Bossman Junior.

    Comment by BJ Upton — August 26, 2010 @ 8:36 pm

  54. E5 for Edwin Encarnacion, thanks Cinci fans!

    Comment by brentinKorea — August 26, 2010 @ 8:45 pm

  55. The Flyin’ Hawaiian.

    Comment by Jamee — August 26, 2010 @ 8:58 pm

  56. The Dutch Oven may be the funniest nickname I’ve ever heard. On a slightly less than related note, Bill Simmons nicknamed then Milwaukee Bucks’ draft choice Yi JianLian the “Chairman” because there was very little footage of him actually, you know, playing basketball. The official scouting tapes on him had him dribbling and shooting around chairs that were placed on the court. This has to be my favorite all-time sporting nickname just due to the bizarre circumstances leading to it.

    Comment by tgaudette — August 26, 2010 @ 9:11 pm

  57. I’m partial to Edwin Scissorhands, though E5 is admittedly a whole lot easier to type.

    Best nickname around is Big League Choo, IMO.

    Comment by Eric P — August 26, 2010 @ 9:37 pm

  58. My favorite that no one has heard of (mostly because a buddy came up with it and only myself and two friends kick it back and forth): Carlos Gonzalez, also known by the boring and uninventive CarGo, has since been nicknamed Shorts.

    CarGo Shorts, or just Shorts, which has the ring of an oldschool curmudgeon-loved nickname, right? It helps that he’s been Dirty McNasty this season.

    Comment by Ray — August 26, 2010 @ 9:39 pm

  59. Don’t forget The Bird.

    Comment by Barry — August 26, 2010 @ 10:02 pm

  60. Dennys Reyes, “The Big Sweat.”

    Comment by Not David — August 26, 2010 @ 10:04 pm

  61. The Mad Hungarian

    Comment by Barry — August 26, 2010 @ 10:07 pm

  62. My favorite forgotten nickname of all time is Darrell ‘Kool FM’ Akerfelds, who had a 94.5 ERA one spring for the A’s. I don’t think it actually stuck, or maybe it was just Akerfelds that didn’t.

    Comment by Dave — August 26, 2010 @ 10:13 pm

  63. It’s impossible to beat “Ugly” Johnny Dickshot.

    Comment by Chris — August 26, 2010 @ 10:29 pm

  64. Michael “THE CONDOR” Saunders

    Comment by CedarA — August 26, 2010 @ 11:07 pm

  65. I like The Toddfather for Todd Helton, Roy ‘Doc’ Halladay, Fred ‘The Crime Dog’ McGriff and of course the Wizard for Ozzie Smith. I was surprised to find out that one of the all time great nicknames ‘The Iron Horse’ wasn’t really used for Lou Gehrig his teammates used the more ubiquitous ‘Biscuit Pants’

    Comment by Low and In — August 26, 2010 @ 11:09 pm

  66. I actually like Yi-6 (pronounced like E-6), another Simmons-dubbed nickname for Yi.

    Comment by Kevin S. — August 26, 2010 @ 11:11 pm

  67. Vlad the Impaler

    Comment by Josh — August 26, 2010 @ 11:34 pm

  68. Not to mention his teamates the Freak, Buster, Pat the Bat, and Huff Daddy.

    Comment by matt — August 26, 2010 @ 11:35 pm

  69. …and Ryan “The Riot” Theriot

    Comment by Josh — August 26, 2010 @ 11:38 pm

  70. what about…
    for Carlos Ruiz of course.

    Comment by Chase Utley — August 26, 2010 @ 11:44 pm

  71. And Antonio Alfonseca
    el pulpo/the octopus.

    Comment by Chase Utley — August 26, 2010 @ 11:45 pm

  72. A newly popular one this year, here in Boston, has been Dustin “Laser Show” Pedroia.

    Also, one of the Red Sox’s top prospects, Ryan Westmoreland, already received his perfect nickname courtesy of the blogosphere: Manifest Destiny.

    Comment by Peter — August 26, 2010 @ 11:51 pm

  73. Travis Snider has been christened as Moonraker by the Jays blogosphere.

    Comment by fjkagreklg — August 27, 2010 @ 12:02 am

  74. Speaking of Niehaus, when he called Franklin Gutierrez “Death to Flying Things” I was puzzled. Seemed like such a modern thing for Dave to say.

    Then I found out it was the nickname of two different guys (Bob Ferguson and Jack Chapman) who played over 100 years ago.

    It’s a little unweildy and not quite in the same mold as “Chief” or “Pudge” but it’s evocative.

    Comment by JMHawkins — August 27, 2010 @ 12:21 am

  75. We could go back to the mid-90′s when the M’s had nicknames (Big Unit, Junior, A-Rod, Bone) that were all plausible references to a particular piece of anotomy.

    Comment by JMHawkins — August 27, 2010 @ 12:23 am

  76. Oil Can Boyd is probalby my favorite nickname of all time.

    Recent, the Mariners have established a tradition of honoring Oil Can Boyd by having one reliever each season earn the nickname “Gas Can.”

    Or at least that’s the best explanation I can come up with for Julio Mateo, Rick White, Sean White…

    Comment by JMHawkins — August 27, 2010 @ 12:28 am

  77. Dude! Albert has one of the coolest nicknames in baseball right now: The Machine! Tell your kid about a guy name The Machine vs a guy named Winnie the Pooh-jols and he’ll be much happier to listen. (really? Pooh-jols?)

    Comment by Chris — August 27, 2010 @ 12:35 am

  78. Adam Jones is Dr. Jones (which, I think, is an Indiana Jones reference)
    Jeremy Guthrie is just plain Guts
    Kevin Millwood is The Mentor (because every Baltimore Sun article talks about how he mentors the young Orioles pitchers)

    Also, check out this article:

    Comment by Sean — August 27, 2010 @ 12:36 am

  79. Jim Tracy refers to Ubaldo as Chief too.

    Comment by Chris — August 27, 2010 @ 12:40 am

  80. I would agree that the nicknames given to players has diminished, if not in numbers, but also in creativity. However, in this age, we are blessed with the Internet, and nicknames on message boards are fairly prolific. Players can have multiple nicknames, depending on their performance that particular game, so it’s no wonder that perhaps the players may not want some particular names to stick

    A couple of others off the top of my head – mostly off message boards

    Placido “Beldar” Polanco
    Jamie “Gas Can” Walker
    “Officer” Ron Karkovice
    Edgar “Rent-a-Wreck” Renteria
    John “E-I-E-I-O” McDonald
    Will “LeDismal” Ledezma

    Comment by JR — August 27, 2010 @ 12:41 am

  81. Rich Garces: “El Guapo”

    Comment by Josh — August 27, 2010 @ 12:42 am

  82. I always liked Matsui’s nickname Godzilla. It’s not only catchy but it’s a carry over from his Nippon days if I’m not mistaken.

    Comment by Chris — August 27, 2010 @ 12:45 am

  83. The Hammer of God, 42 (though he takes it from an older player, but wears it extremely well), and The Sandman.

    ‘Nough said.

    Comment by Omar — August 27, 2010 @ 12:47 am

  84. I don’t know why it’s my all-time favorite. It’s not that original. I don’t think it’s because it’s almost like porno, but I just love Jimmie “Double X” Foxx……

    Love the Crime Dog, of course…..Is it too easy and inappropriate to call him Casey “Tits” McGehee…….Bob Uecker always said that Chad Fox had an electric slider back in the day. My friends and I thought it would be great if his warm-up music was the Electric Slide. So we sort of called him “Electric”….What about Jim “Hit One” Thome?…….OK, I’m done….

    Comment by Jacks-Off — August 27, 2010 @ 1:03 am

  85. I bet there aren’t any up and coming players that want Mordecai Brown’s nickname dusted off for them.

    Comment by John — August 27, 2010 @ 1:03 am

  86. What, no mention of my all time favorite pre-1900 pitcher Charles Frederick Koenig? You may know him by his totally awesome nickname, Silver King.

    Comment by mechanicalTurk — August 27, 2010 @ 1:15 am

  87. Also, I should mention one of my more favorite nicknames of the current age, Alexei “The Cuban Missile” Ramirez.

    Alexei, like many others, got his nickname from polarizing broadcaster Hawk Harrelson. Here’s a copypasta’d bit from wackypedia:

    Harrelson coined many nicknames for popular Sox players, including “Black Jack” McDowell, Carlos “El Caballo” Lee, Lance “One Dog” Johnson, Frank “The Big Hurt” Thomas, Craig “Little Hurt” Grebeck, “The Deacon” Warren Newson, “Big Bad” Bobby Jenks, “The Silent Assassin” Javier Vazquez, Herbert “the Milkman” Perry, Jake “The Jake-Meister” Peavy, Dayan “The Tank” Viciedo, and Magglio “Maggs” Ordóñez, along with fan favorite “Big Dick” Richard Dotson. During a broadcast, Harrelson attempted to nickname partner Darrin Jackson “The Squirrel” because of the quantity of peanuts his partner ate, to which Jackson replied, “No.” He calls his current partner Steve Stone “Stone Pony.” The Stone Pony is one of the world’s most popular music venues, but the term’s connection to Steve Stone is unclear.

    Some of those are obviously not as good as others (Jake-Meister? Really, Hawk?) but it seems like Hawk himself (so named for that big beak of his) deserves a mention.

    Also he has taken to comparing John Danks to a mongoose lately. I’m not sure I see the similarity, but it is kind of a cool sounding name.

    Comment by mechanicalTurk — August 27, 2010 @ 1:24 am

  88. I sooooo want Michael Saunders to make it for the mariners so I can start calling him “Colonel”!

    Comment by IwearMsHats — August 27, 2010 @ 1:24 am

  89. I take a Mini-Donkey over the Eeyore that has been milling around on my fantasy team’s roster

    Comment by pounded clown — August 27, 2010 @ 2:48 am

  90. He’s alittle more Mothra these days.

    Comment by pounded clown — August 27, 2010 @ 2:57 am

  91. Big League Choo…first time I’ve heard it. awesomesauce

    Comment by pounded clown — August 27, 2010 @ 3:00 am

  92. Ichiro, I heard goes by Ichi but I like Zatoichiro in hommage to Zatoichi, Blind Swordsman. In the Zatoichi series, Zatoichi also goes by Ichi.

    Comment by pounded clown — August 27, 2010 @ 3:10 am

  93. If it hasn’t been mentioned already, Matt Kemp is known in and around the Dodger blogosphere as The Bison. I always felt it was a good one.

    Comment by GK Larsen — August 27, 2010 @ 3:56 am

  94. As a non-Sox fan, Hawk is nigh-unbearable. Plus, everyone knows that The Silent Assassin is Willie Boomquist.

    Comment by Pete — August 27, 2010 @ 4:13 am

  95. That must be in honor of Heathcliff Slocumb — who shall always have the nickname “firestarter” in my head, after his performance in the bullpen. To think that Mariners traded both Derek Lowe AND Jason Varitek for that glob of napalm…

    Comment by Brandon T — August 27, 2010 @ 5:19 am

  96. I just don’t think it will — it’s too Chinese. The NBA already has Chairman Yao and Chairman Yi — that latter being particularly funny because of that famous scouting video that went around where his “sparring partner” was a chair…

    Comment by Brandon T — August 27, 2010 @ 5:21 am

  97. IIRC, didn’t Lastings Milledge once give two fingers to the crowd? That would be a great nickname for him :D.

    Comment by Brandon T — August 27, 2010 @ 5:26 am

  98. I was under the impression that was his given name.

    Comment by Lombard — August 27, 2010 @ 8:38 am

  99. Dicktorino.

    Comment by BlackOps — August 27, 2010 @ 8:59 am

  100. It’s not so bad. The real problem, I think we can all agree, is the I-Rod/A-Rod/F-Rod, etc. phenomenon. Though F-Lop is pretty amusing.

    Vlad the Impaler is probably my current favorite.

    Kung-Fu Panda
    Doc Halladay
    The Flyin’ Hawaiian
    Big Papi
    The Mexicuitioner
    Pat the Bat
    Death to Flying Things
    Big Donkey
    Phat Albert/Prince Albert
    King Felix

    All solid.

    I like the “Chairman Mauer” idea.

    Comment by Rob in CT — August 27, 2010 @ 9:00 am

  101. I’m surprised he wasn’t mentioned earlier

    Comment by Mike K — August 27, 2010 @ 9:16 am

  102. of course, I didn’t hear that one until tonight :-)

    Comment by Adam D — August 27, 2010 @ 9:51 am

  103. I though he was Baby Jesus?

    Comment by Adam D — August 27, 2010 @ 9:51 am

  104. Or, The Great Pasty White Hope.

    Comment by Brian Tallet's Moustache — August 27, 2010 @ 10:04 am

  105. -1

    Comment by Jack Weiland — August 27, 2010 @ 10:30 am

  106. pirates fans seem to save their best nicknames for terrible relievers. ryan “the white flag” vogelsong and franquelis “wreck specs” osoria come to mind.

    what else… jose “slowpoke rodriguez” castillo. “joggin ronny” paulino. jose “joey bats” bautista. salomon “sully” torres. “smilin’ joe” randa.

    recently there was also brandon “mossome” moss (sadly undeserved) and adam and andy laroche being known as mario and luigi.

    Comment by johnnycuff — August 27, 2010 @ 11:17 am

  107. Jays have a few odd ones;

    RR Cool J
    North of Steeles
    Minister of Defence


    Comment by TtD — August 27, 2010 @ 11:24 am

  108. El Guapo is definitely the best modern-day nickname.

    Comment by bill — August 27, 2010 @ 11:31 am

  109. The giants this year even have a nickname for their defense as a whole given to them by pat the bat: the wild kingdom defense. A panda at 3rd, a gazelle in center (tores), and 2 water buffalo in the corners (burrell and huff)

    Comment by lifewontwait — August 27, 2010 @ 11:36 am

  110. Minus one? Hell, that may be one of the most clever nicknames around.

    Comment by TomG — August 27, 2010 @ 11:56 am

  111. Yeah, he’s already got a better nickname than that.

    Comment by TomG — August 27, 2010 @ 11:58 am

  112. With how much my new friend loves Ruiz, Chooch was the first nickname I thought of.

    Comment by Bryz — August 27, 2010 @ 12:26 pm

  113. Well, the reason the Mexicutioner caught on is because the Royals held a poll to see what nickname should be Soria’s nickname. If your fan base votes on it, it would be kind of hard for it to not catch on.

    Comment by Bryz — August 27, 2010 @ 12:29 pm

  114. While he was with the Twins, some of my friends and I also called Carlos Gomez “CarGo.” Some were slightly more creative and changed it to “GoGo,” due to his ridiculous speed.

    Comment by Bryz — August 27, 2010 @ 12:31 pm

  115. Agreed, I approve of Manifest Destiny.

    Comment by Bryz — August 27, 2010 @ 12:32 pm

  116. Good job on reminding us of The Tank.

    Comment by Bryz — August 27, 2010 @ 12:35 pm

  117. Despite all these nicknames, very few of these players have legally changed their names to incorporate their nickname, i.e. John Bonser to Boof Bonser and (football) Chad Johnson to Chad Ochocinco.

    Comment by Bryz — August 27, 2010 @ 12:55 pm

  118. Freddy Garcia is often referred to as “Sweaty Freddy” by many of us Sox fans…for obvious reasons. It’s about the only thing I find enjoyable about him.

    Comment by Sox27 — August 27, 2010 @ 1:06 pm

  119. Please use Pudge instead of I-Rod. Also, lets not leave the Big Hurt (Frank Thomas) out. At this time we should aslo recognized Roger “The Rocket” Clemens. In addition to other things, he was one of the most dominating pitchers over a 20 year span that has ever pitched.

    But most of all lets not leave out the guys who are SO good, that they are know by their first names. Johan, Ichiro, Pedro. Their is clearly something special when their first name without deviation is enough to distinguish them from EVERYONE else.

    Also, the shortest of all nicknames… Mo (Mariano Rivera). There is something to that simplicity.

    Also, wasnt Greg Maddox “The Professor” and wasnt Sean Casey “The Mayor”.

    Comment by Socrates — August 27, 2010 @ 1:29 pm

  120. Not sure whether you’re -1ing me about the historical connotations or an assumption you’re making about what Sox fans think of Westmoreland’s likely impact (although, to be fair, we expect great things from him). But that’s not why he’s Manifest Destiny.

    Hint: It’s about the pun.

    Comment by Peter — August 27, 2010 @ 2:03 pm

  121. Dickshot is enough in itself

    Comment by TexasRanger — August 27, 2010 @ 2:38 pm

  122. Maddux was The Professor to some, but Bobby Cox only called him one thing: Mad Dog.

    Great name.

    Comment by Alex Remington — August 27, 2010 @ 2:42 pm

  123. Also Hanley (Ramirez of course) as another first name only player.

    Comment by Socrates — August 27, 2010 @ 2:42 pm

  124. And Manny.

    Comment by Carcillo — August 27, 2010 @ 3:58 pm

  125. Ivan’s pretty worthy of Pudge. I mean, the guy’s a future HOF.

    Related to calling Pudge I-Rod is “Man-Ram”. The guy’s already Manny. He’s just so very… Manny.

    Man-Ram? Really?

    Comment by Ari Collins — August 27, 2010 @ 4:37 pm

  126. i know this is harping on the “recalling old nicknames” idea, but i like that since joey votto is canadian everyone at redreporter has been calling him the “say eh kid”

    jay “boss” bruce
    edinson volquez is “the wagon”
    johnnie b. (dusty) baker calls his catcher ramon hernandez “clutch man monie”

    and thats all i got from the reds side.

    Comment by shane — August 27, 2010 @ 5:56 pm

  127. How could we forget Tony Plush?

    Comment by The Nicker — August 27, 2010 @ 6:06 pm

  128. Brett Gardner: GGBG (Gritty, Gutty Brett Gardner)
    Melky Cabrera: The Melkman Delivers
    Curtis Granderson: Granderslam, Grand Central
    Jeff Franceour: Frenchy
    Joey Votto: Votto-matic
    CC Sabathia: Cheeseburger Cheeseburger
    Jorge Posada: Hip-Hip Jorge
    Angel Pagan: The Crazy Horse or Religious Oxymoron

    Comment by Brian K — August 27, 2010 @ 6:28 pm

  129. Does anyone else call the newest Tigers rookie “Ving” Rhymes? I think I’m the only one.

    Comment by The Doc — August 27, 2010 @ 8:10 pm

  130. And Joey Bats of course

    Comment by Chase Utley — August 27, 2010 @ 8:28 pm

  131. Best of them all Joey Bats

    Comment by Chase Utley — August 27, 2010 @ 8:28 pm

  132. How about Bill “Spaceman” Lee. Could not come up with a better name for him

    Comment by PillsburyFlowboy — August 27, 2010 @ 9:44 pm

  133. He was dubbed “Patrol Craft” for a long time at the Athletics Nation blog, as a consequence of a particularly ill-translated “leak” by a Venezuelan news article which (wrongly) predicted that the “Marabino patrol craft” would begin the year in the “central garden” for the A’s…

    Comment by Paul Thomas — August 28, 2010 @ 1:37 am

  134. Can’t believe nobody has mentioned Super Meek. Watched the end of a Pirates game a few days ago; whoever came up with that deserves a cookie or a punch in the face, I can’t figure it out.

    Comment by cajuncook — August 28, 2010 @ 9:11 am

  135. Anytime we can combine baseball and the Wu-Tang Clan, we owe it to our children and our children’s children to do it.

    Comment by skippyballer486 — August 29, 2010 @ 4:54 am

  136. It may be derivative and I can’t take credit for it, but Votto as the “Say Eh” kid is brilliant.

    Comment by Steve — August 29, 2010 @ 9:20 am

  137. The Mexicutioner is a weak rip off from Manny Paquiao, who made his name beating up latin fighters. It fits him better.

    Comment by microwave donut — August 29, 2010 @ 8:11 pm

  138. Lou Pinella tried to give Kosuke Fukudome the nickname “The Fook”, but nobody was willing to use it.


    /Hawk Harrelson has given a lot of players their nicknames – The Big Hurt, El Caballo, One Dog, the Cuban Missile, Tank, etc.

    Comment by Moon — September 4, 2010 @ 8:56 pm

  139. Ichi means “one” in Japanese.

    Comment by Moon — September 4, 2010 @ 9:09 pm

  140. “The Machine”? Seriously? A) This is the first time I’ve ever heard that nickname for him, and B) it’s not that good. I prefer to call him “Poo Holes” or just “Pooper.”

    Why yes, I am a Cubs fan. Why do you ask?

    Comment by War2d2 — September 5, 2010 @ 8:56 pm

  141. “The Mexicutioner” has always been one of my favorites. It’s got the perfect cross-section of being both bad-ass and racially insensitive.

    Comment by War2d2 — September 5, 2010 @ 9:04 pm

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  143. Sticking with Twins player: Liriano’s “Franchise” nickname is pretty good.

    Comment by Nick — September 24, 2010 @ 12:34 pm

  144. I have heard “Gentleman Jim” used a few times. I think it is because he is so well liked by players and fans.

    Comment by Nick — September 24, 2010 @ 12:48 pm

  145. enjoyable?

    Comment by Nick — September 24, 2010 @ 12:54 pm

  146. Classic, and so fitting…

    Comment by Nick — September 24, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

  147. Or a former player: Kent “Can I buy a Vowel” Hrbek. I think that one is from Chris Berman.

    Comment by Nick — September 24, 2010 @ 2:13 pm

  148. Eric “the Red” Davis
    John “Way Back” Wasdin

    Just a couple of my favorites not mentioned so far.

    Comment by Bruce — September 24, 2010 @ 5:38 pm

  149. I agree that the smashed-name nickname (ARod, CarGo) is a lame way to go. But so is the pun on a name that has no relation to player.
    Vlad the Impaler (though I’m not a fan of the name) works because Vlad, in fact, impales, metaphorically.
    Kung Fu Panda works because his body and personality match up with the name.
    Chairman Mauer? Clever, yes…but pointless. He’s a Midwestern golden boy, what does that have to do with Mao? It just doesn’t make sense. Now, if he were an overpowering clubhouse presence it might work.
    Phat Albert? Prince Albert? please, let’s make The Machine stick.
    Also, let’s make Trickey Dickey happen. Great nickname there.

    Comment by Kevin — September 24, 2010 @ 7:52 pm

  150. No, because the only acceptable nickname for Will Rhymes is “Busta.”

    Comment by Soria's Unibrow — September 25, 2010 @ 11:49 am

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  153. Nitram Odarp for Martin Prado because of this:

    Comment by Windu — December 29, 2010 @ 11:27 pm

  154. Let’s be honest–the best current nickname goes to one of the most annoying players: Blastings Thrilledge.

    As others have mentioned, Chooch is also brilliant, and I love Mex for Keith Hernandez. One I haven’t seen mentioned: The Big Puma, for Lance Berkman.

    Comment by Tdub — December 30, 2010 @ 3:20 pm

  155. Another problem with Prince Albert: it’s slang for having your penis pierced. Seriously:

    Comment by Tdub — December 30, 2010 @ 3:23 pm


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