Name That Name! A Trilogy (Mercifully) Concluded

It is a basic property of mathematics, as first described by the three-year-old son of Aristaeus the Elder, Aristaeus the Third*, that a trilogy must contain a third (i.e., 3rd, a.k.a. IIIerd) part lest it be a duology, which is a very rare word that nobody wants to use because it is so easily confused with Diwaligy, which, as you know from watching Season 3 (i.e., Three, a.k.a. Robert Griffin) of The Office, is the study of the Hindu Festival of Lights, signifying the victory of light over darkness, hope over despair and the number 3 over the number 2 in a battle of which is more.

*Only later did Aristaeus the Elder, a.k.a. “Pops,” realize that his son should’ve been named Aristaeus the Younger, or “Corky.”

In the all-important first part of this trilogy, I wrote that one thing we all have in common is that somebody gave us the names we go by, and that unless we are Vin Diesel – in which case Hi, Mr. Diesel! Et cetera! – we still identify ourselves by those names in signed threats to Vlad III, a.k.a. “Scooter.” And given the Law of Totally Legit Equivalence – that is, “Major League Baseball players . . . they’re just like us!” – it remains abundantly clear that unless those players are Roberto Hernandez – in which case Hi, Fausto Carmona! Love your work! – they are likewise the lifelong bearers of the names their guardians gave them.

But why, in a land of liberty where Eny Cabreja can become Wandy Rodriguez, should players so steadfastly abide by the names on their baseball cards? Sure, there are practical concerns to consider – the endorsing of very large checks; the autographing of very valuable baseballs; the answering of calls from very secret mistresses – but again, this is a land where a Lady Gaga can supplant a Boy George in the realm of people whose names just occurred to an author who once wrote under a spectacular if unnecessary pseudonym.

So let’s take this thing to its logical conclusion by renaming some big-league ballplayers. As with the ballparks and teams of Parts I and II, name them whatever you want. Name them Juice Newton. Name them Newt Juiceton.

OK? Since I’m already here, I’ll start.

Mike Trout: Saint Sublime of Doubleday

Adam Dunn: Bunyan McProbably Done

Andrelton Simmons: Prince Fielder

Prince Fielder: Whopper Jr.

Bryce Harper: Wall-E

Dan Uggla: Dan Ukkla

Kendrys Morales: Kendry Morales

Hunter Pence: The Wild Man of San Francisco County

Carlos Santana: Eddie Van Halen

Coco Crisp: Count Chocula

J.J. Hardy: Nancy Drew

Stephen Drew: J.J. Hardy

Buster Posey: Gerald Dempsey Petunia

Ichiro Suzuki: Harley Davidson

Kyle Lohse: Kyle Loshe

Mike Napoli: Jim Rome

Jose Carlos Oviedo: “Leo Nunez”

Alejandro De Aza: Alexander Of Aza

Max Scherzer: Mac Sherzer

Austin Jackson: Round Rock-Cedar Park-Pflugerville Jackson

Madison Bumgarner: Madison Hoboget

Jean Segura: Pant Safe

Chris Sale: Ichabod Discount

Matt Kemp: D.L. Habitué

Neil Walker: Genuflect Pedestrian

Dillon Gee: Dylan Shucks

Chase Headley: That’s Headley

Grant Balfour: Bestow Baseonballs

Jose Bautista: Joey Bats Duh

Jayson Werth: Jason Worth

Joe Smith: Cornelius T. DeBeaumarchais, 5th Viscount of the Duchy of Fleur de Honorifigue in the Province of Sobriquet sur Mer, 90210

Daniel Murphy: Nonot David Murphy

C.J. Wilson: Christophe Jean Dilettante

Chase Utley: Hunter Cooper Dylan Colton Parker Connor Utley

Clayton Kershaw: Rich Mann

Joe Nathan: Nathan, Joe

Giancarlo Stanton: Mike + The Mechanics

Mat Latos: Tat Latos

Derek Jeter: Captain N. Tennille

Jeff Samardzija: Jeff Samarz Samarj Samarzj Smarjd Dammit!

A.J. Pierzynski: Anthony John Pierzynski

Andrew McCutchen: Aristeaus the Cooler

Ryan Dempster: Harry Caray II

Derek Holland: Harry Caray III




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John, who has also written under the pseudonym "Azure Texan," writes for both The Hardball Times and NotGraphs.


14 Responses to “Name That Name! A Trilogy (Mercifully) Concluded”

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  1. Compton says:

    Phillippe Aumont is now Highpockets McGee.

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  2. Anon says:

    My theory on Joe Nathan is that his birth name is Jonathan [Last Name], where his last name is terrible, such as Jonathan Felcher. He took his first name Jonathan and split it into two names, Jo and Nathan. Theh he added an e to make it the more familiar form Joe.

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  3. Fightmaster says:

    Dayn Perry: Super Fly Badass Sweet Daddy Jones

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  4. Jenstrom says:

    Dustin Pedroia: Napoleon Bonaparte

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  5. a eskpert says:

    Albert Pujols is now Lou Gehrig

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  6. Dave says:

    Yadier Molina: Molina the Younger

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  7. The Stranger says:

    Marco Scutaro: Mark Moped
    Brandon Belt: Scott Suspenders
    Alex Rodriguez: Centaur Jones
    Ryan Howard: Mo Vaughn

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  8. TK says:

    Brian Wilson: The Player Formerly Known as: “The Wild Man of San Francisco County”

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  9. Ben Roethlisberger says:

    Ichiro Suzuki is now Munenori Kawasaki

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  10. Robinson Cano: Jorge Cantu

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