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  1. I read this while listening to Eric Karabell and Keith Law discuss the exact same subject on the Baseball Today Podcast. So that was kind of weird timing.

    Comment by Kyle — September 11, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

  2. I am pretty sure “The Cuban Missile” was originally coined for Alexei Ramirez by Ozzie Guillen, not Aroldis Chapman, even though some people use it for him now.

    Comment by KG — September 11, 2012 @ 5:38 pm

  3. That’s a terrible nickname, regardless to whom it’s applied.

    Comment by Baron Samedi — September 11, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

  4. Has anyone heard anyone say “welp” in real life?

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — September 11, 2012 @ 6:05 pm

  5. “Things are good until they aren’t. When things aren’t good, they might become good again. We’ll see.”

    Comment by Baron Samedi — September 11, 2012 @ 6:05 pm

  6. Lately his missiles have been missing some speed, and ending up at the wrong coordinates

    If you were older you would have referred to this as the “Cuban Missile Crisis”.

    Comment by Peter Jensen — September 11, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

  7. Yes.

    Comment by emptyhanded — September 11, 2012 @ 6:11 pm

  8. Actually Kendrys Morales has been called the Cuban Missile since his breakout 2009 season. He also had the name in his break 2010 season too. :(

    Comment by ettin — September 11, 2012 @ 6:22 pm

  9. Not if its applied to a Cuban Missile.

    Comment by Jack — September 11, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

  10. the best Madden’ng by Jeff so far ahahah, lovin these daily’s keep them coming please!

    Comment by snoop LION — September 11, 2012 @ 7:22 pm

  11. There’s little doubt that blowing a save to the Astros is like entering the Bay of Pigs.

    Comment by chuckb — September 11, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

  12. I think all Cuban players should be nicknamed “The Cuban Missile”; all Canadian players should be nicknamed “The Canadian Club”; and all Dominican players should simply be nicknamed “The Dominican Republic.”

    Comment by Vinnie — September 11, 2012 @ 8:04 pm

  13. And all American players should be nicknamed the American Empire.

    Comment by Kim Jong-Il — September 11, 2012 @ 8:27 pm

  14. Well done, peter. Cuban Missile Crisis would’ve been a much better headline.

    Comment by vivalajeter — September 11, 2012 @ 10:08 pm

  15. Cespedes was referred to as the Cuban Missile at the beginning season before it was discovered that he had a much better nickname: “La Potencia.”

    Comment by Nick O — September 11, 2012 @ 11:36 pm

  16. Is somethink not ok with “The Human Cespedes”?

    Comment by Ajk — September 12, 2012 @ 12:07 am

  17. Yeah, common language in my group of friends.

    Comment by Lenard — September 12, 2012 @ 12:34 am

  18. Watching that 10th inning, he looked horrible. I’m surprised his fastball averaged just over 95, it appeared most (about 80% or so) were in the 93-94 range according to Root Sports’ gun. He hit 97 once and 95 maybe 3 times at most. He hardly threw any off-speed stuff, but did have a great 88 mph change to strike out Alvarez, although it was at the top of the zone

    Comment by Lenard — September 12, 2012 @ 12:41 am

  19. I think we just call every baseball player from Cuba ‘the cuban missile’

    Just like every person who runs fast from Hawaii is ‘the flyin hawaiian’

    People just aren’t very creative with their nicknames unfortunately

    Comment by OSG — September 12, 2012 @ 12:41 am

  20. Or the American Pie.

    Comment by Gary York — September 12, 2012 @ 2:57 am

  21. Yes. The p is partially silent.

    Comment by AA — September 12, 2012 @ 4:40 am

  22. Or Yankees. Boo.

    Comment by AA — September 12, 2012 @ 4:40 am

  23. Is it terrible because it’s lame or is it terrible because you somehow find it offensive? Now, if it were a reference to Cuban poverty or human rights abuses, that would be one thing, but it seems to me to just be a reference to former Soviet CW-era missiles that were put in Cuba as a deterrent threat to the USA, and since as far as I know none of them were ever fired at the US or any of its many protectorates (read: all ends of far-flung US empire), I fail to see how it would be offensive except to someone who has a serious chafing problem with a currently-worn pair of undersized Huggies.

    Comment by Dongcopter — September 12, 2012 @ 10:29 am

  24. Welp.

    Comment by Drew — September 12, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

  25. I really like keith law and enjoy his writing but he is so stubborn on that podcast. He never admits when he is wrong. I still listen to it though.

    Comment by nilbog44 — September 12, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

  26. i just wouldn’t want my country to be associated with nuclear weapons and nothing else.

    Comment by radicalhenri — September 12, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

  27. Yes, there are not now, nor ever were, any Cuban missiles. That is part of the reason why that nickname sucks.

    Comment by Baltar — September 12, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

  28. Welp, yes, I have.

    Comment by Baltar — September 12, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

  29. There was also never a large dragon that rampaged over Tokyo. Thus, Hideki Matsui also has a sucky nickname.

    Comment by TKDC — September 12, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

  30. Nopers

    Comment by Doug B — September 12, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

  31. Yeah, this site should come with some way to crowdsource better nicknames for players. I’m thinking Dayn Perry would be good with something like that…

    Comment by BenH — September 12, 2012 @ 10:24 pm

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