Your 2014 Scripps MLB Spelling Bee

The annual Scripps National Spelling Bee — my favorite non-baseball “sporting” event of the year — is on ESPN today and tomorrow. How about our own MLB Spelling Bee? Can you identify and then spell the following fifteen words/names correctly without looking them up? Try your luck in the comments.

1. This FOX broadcaster also broadcasts Reds games along with his father.

2. This is the mascot for the MLB team based in the eastern part of the Keystone State.

3. He’s the current closer for the Mets.

4. This man manages the Brewers.

5. This Padres starting pitcher is currently missing his second consecutive season due to injury.

6. This former major-league manager and 2013 Rockies first-base coach is now a catching instructor and defensive positioning coach for the Rockies.

7. This Cubs starter currently has an ERA of 1.68.

8. This former A’s reliever became a starter in 2008 and finished the year with a 2.54 ERA and a WHIP under 1.

9. This former Braves starter, who made the 2011 All-Star Team, was just signed to a minor league contract by the Reds.

10. This former Rays top shortstop prospect is now serving a harsh punishment on the Phillies (and on their AAA team).

11. This pitcher from Hawaii, formerly a Mariners and Royals reliever, currently plays for the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League and has a last name similar to the first baseman for the Yankees.

12. This first baseman was never really given a chance in Kansas City, and didn’t do so well when given a chance in Oakland.

13. This former Blue Jay and Cardinal is currently a member of the Indians bullpen.

14. This man was a backup catcher for the Padres, batting .144 from 1981 through 1984.

15. This former Mariner and Tiger left fielder, first baseman, and third baseman, currently plays in Buffalo for the Blue Jays’ AAA team.




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Zach Sanders
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1 year 11 months ago

15. Matt Tuiasosopo

Zach Sanders
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Member
1 year 11 months ago

10. Reid Brignac

Zach Sanders
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Member
1 year 11 months ago

11. Kanekoa Texeira

OhBeepy
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OhBeepy
1 year 11 months ago

3. Jeurys Familia

4. Ron Roenenicke

7. Jeff Samardzija

13. Marc Rzepczynski

The fact that possibly none of these are spelled correctly should reveal that I did not cheat.

MDL
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MDL
1 year 11 months ago

You definitely misspelled #3… it is actually spelled “Jenrry Mejia”

Anon
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Anon
1 year 11 months ago

7. Sharknado

joetango
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joetango
1 year 11 months ago

2.) Phillie Phanatic

MDL
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MDL
1 year 11 months ago

5. Luebke
9. Jair Jurrjens, I think
11. K… Kila… Kila K’Ihavenoidea

KC NOVA
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KC NOVA
1 year 11 months ago

11. Kila Ka’hahiue?

Well-Beered Englishman
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Well-Beered Englishman
1 year 11 months ago

No H, Ka’aihue

Danmay
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Danmay
1 year 11 months ago

8) Justin Duscherer (I have no idea how to spell it other than the “erer” at the end)

Well-Beered Englishman
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Well-Beered Englishman
1 year 11 months ago

Duchscherer I think

NothingofValuetoAdd
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NothingofValuetoAdd
1 year 11 months ago

14. Doug Gwosdz

Rob
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Rob
1 year 11 months ago

16. Which former Twins and, briefly, Red Sox 1B made the final out on a toss from Keith Foulke in the 2004 World Series?

Resolution
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Resolution
1 year 11 months ago

I’d call it the “2014 Scripps Spelling (ML)Bee”

This ain't so hard!
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This ain't so hard!
1 year 11 months ago

1. Joe Morgan
2. Pirate
3. Jesse Orosco
4. Doug Melvin
5. Andy Ashby
6. Todd Helton
7. Rich Hill
8. Tim Hudson
9. Steve Avery
10. Julio Lugo
11. Tom Gordon
12. Ken Harvey
13. Steve Olin
14. Ben Davis
15. Joe Carter

Those are all very short names. Gah.

Paul G.
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Paul G.
1 year 11 months ago

The Mets have a closer?

nice
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nice
1 year 11 months ago

daisuke matsuzaka

Jason B
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Jason B
1 year 11 months ago

Isringhausen?

JRM
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JRM
1 year 11 months ago

Bernie Madoff. Coffee is for closers.

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