The VORG’s 2012 “Most Voweluable Player” Awards

The last of the 2012 season awards will be handed out Thursday afternoon, as the AL and NL MVPs are announced.  Here at the VORG, MVP stands for “Most Voweluable Player”, that being the player in each league with the highest percentage of vowels in their first and last names combined.

In the National League, the about-to-be traded center fielder for the Marlins, Emilio Bonifacio, rose to the top with nine vowels in the combined 15 letters of his name, for 60% “Vowelu”.  He just edged out the second baseman of the World Champion Giants, Joaquin Arias, who went 7-12 in vowels, for 58.3%. Coming in third was a struggling young reliever for the Astros, Enerio Del Rosario, at 56.3%.

Name Len A E I O U Tot PCT
Emilio Bonifacio 15 1 1 4 3 0 9 60.0%
Joaquin Arias 12 3 0 2 1 1 7 58.3%
Enerio DelRosario 16 1 3 2 3 0 9 56.3%

Over in the American League, Kila Ka’aihue played only 40 games for the Athletics, but even one game is enough to qualify him for the top spot, with seven vowels out of the 11 letters in his name (excluding the apostrophe), good for 63.6%.  Just behind him is the ever-popular Joe Mauer, with 62.5% vowels on five of eight “shooting”.  Coming in third was Koji Uehara, part of the impressive Texas Rangers relief corp.  Uehara had at least one of each vowel, and finished with 60.0%.

Name Len A E I O U Tot PCT
Kila Ka’aihue 11 3 1 2 0 1 7 63.6%
Joe Mauer 8 1 2 0 1 1 5 62.5%
Koji Uehara 10 2 1 1 1 1 6 60.0%

An Honorable Mention should go to Jairo Asencio, who pitched for teams in both leagues this year.  His 58.3% vowels (seven out of 12) would have put him in fourth place in the AL, while tying him for second in the NL.

[Note: We know we didn't consider "Y" as a vowel.]

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4 Responses to The VORG’s 2012 “Most Voweluable Player” Awards

  1. Ember Nickel says:

    Enerio Del Rosario and Emilio Bonifacio sound about the same…the former is going to win Pat Hughes’ lifetime achievement (and syllable) award.

  2. Max says:

    interesting to see which vowel is used most oftern. NL representative is all of latin descent.
    AL is more diversed with a hawaiian, a austrian, a japanese.

    Uehara is the only 5-vowel player in the bunch, though he’s not a 5-tool player. does he get a bonus for having that?

    this is cool to play around with. thanks, Diane. you are awesome.

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