The 2011 “5-Vowel” Players

It all started innocently enough last Friday night.  Dan Wade of Rotographs tweeted:

Hmm… Dustin Pedroia has all of the vowels in his name. I wonder how many other active major leaguers can claim that? #NotInThePlayIndex

This was read by, amongst others, Amanda Rykoff of espnW.  Next thing you know, I’m reading this message in my Twitter feed:

@amandarykoff Amanda Rykoff
@Dwade This looks like a job for @dianagram!


Seeing the “Bat Signal”, I quickly went to work on weeding out the qualifiers for the “2011 5-Vowel Team”.  I was joined by Amanda, Christina Kahrl, Kevin Goldstein, Jesse Spector, Steph Bee, Andy Collins, Sean Boulton and others in populating the Twitterverse with every 5-vowel player we could come up with.  This lasted for a good 45 minutes or so, and I promised to pick up the torch for a full investigation in a few days.

So, here is the complete list of active players who have all 5 vowels in their names (Don’t start on “but what about ‘y’?”.  That’s a whole ‘nother kettle of fish.)  It appears to help if your last name is “Rodriguez” and/or you played for the Astros in 2011, as they placed six players on this list:

Name Team
Koji Uehara BAL AL
Vladimir Guerrero BAL AL
Dustin Pedroia BOS AL
Carlos Quentin CHW AL
Omar Vizquel CHW AL
Justin Masterson CLE AL
Carlos Guillen DET AL
Joaquin Benoit DET AL
Felipe Paulino KCR AL
Louis Coleman KCR AL
Mike Moustakas KCR AL
Justin Morneau MIN AL
Alex Rodriguez NYY AL
Austin Romine NYY AL
Curtis Granderson NYY AL
Kevin Kouzmanoff OAK AL
Sean Rodriguez TBR AL
Michael Young TEX AL
Carlos Villanueva TOR AL
Jose Bautista TOR AL
Daniel Hudson ARI NL
Julio Teheran ATL NL
Michael Bourn ATL NL
Luis Montanez CHC NL
Miguel Cairo CIN NL
Ubaldo Jimenez COL NL
Juan Oviedo FLA NL
Matt Dominguez FLA NL
Aneury Rodriguez HOU NL
Brian Bogusevic HOU NL
Fernando Rodriguez HOU NL
Jason Bourgeois HOU NL
Nelson Figueroa HOU NL
Wandy Rodriguez HOU NL
Mike MacDougal LAD NL
Craig Counsell MIL NL
Eulogio DeLaCruz MIL NL
Francisco Rodriguez NYM NL
Yuniesky Betancourt MIL NL
Jason Isringhausen NYM NL
Guillermo Mota SFG NL
Madison Bumgarner SFG NL
Atahualpa Severino WSN NL
Ivan Rodriguez WSN NL

I’ll have a historical look at “5-vowel players” in the next few days.

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