You Were Meant to Play for Us!

Friend of the VORG Rob (aka @StumpTheRob) tweeted at me a couple of nights ago:

rob ‏@StumpTheRob 

@dianagram Got a project for you, but it starts with this trivia ?: what do Kyle Seager and Tony Cingrani have in common?

I wondered if it had to do with the last names of the players (since I DO like to have fun with names and such).   Eventually Rob mentioned that Damian Miller also met this criteria at one point in his career.  I was still stumped, and then Rob told me it was related to the teams these guys played for . . . and THAT’S when I got it.

So, having solved the riddle, I’ve done the research for the project and present to you . . .

The players whose first three letters of their last name match the three-letter abbreviation of the city/team for which they at one time played:

TeamID Name (Years)
BAL Orioles James Baldwin (2005)
BAL Orioles John Bale (2001)
BAL Orioles Jeff Ballard (1987-91)
BRO Superbas Matt Broderick (1903)
BRO Grooms Dan Brouthers (1892-3)
BRO Robins Eddie Brown (1924-5)
BRO Superbas/Robins Elmer Brown (1913-5)
BRO Dodgers George Browne (1911)
BRO Bridegrooms John Brown (1897)
BRO Dodgers Lindsay Brown (1937)
BRO Robins Lloyd Brown (1925)
BRO Dodgers Mace Brown (1941)
BRO Grooms Pete Browning (1894)
BRO Dodgers Tommy Brown (1944-5,’47-’51)
CIN Reds Tony Cingrani (2012-3)
COL Rockies Greg Colbrunn (1998)
COL Rockies Alex Cole (1993)
COL Rockies Darnell Coles (1997)
COL Rockies Alvin Colina (2006)
COL Rockies Tyler Colvin (2012)
HAR Dark Blues Bill Harbridge (1875-7)
HOU Astros J.R. House (2006,’08)
HOU Astros Pat House (1967-8)
HOU Astros Paul Householder (1987)
MIL Brewers Damian Miller (2005-7)
MIN Twins Don Mincher (1961-6)
MON Expos John Montague (1973-5)
MON Expos Willie Montanez (1980-1)
MON Expos Charlie Montoyo (1993)
PHI Phillies Adolfo Phillips (1964-6)
PHI Phillies Buz Phillips (1930)
PHI Phillies Dave Philley (1958-60)
PHI Phillies J.R. Phillips (1996)
PHI Phillies Taylor Phillips (1959-60)
PIT Pirates Jake Pitler (1917-8)
SEA Mariners Kyle Seager (2011-3)
TOR Blue Jays Hector Torres (1977)
TOR Blue Jays Yorvit Torrealba (2012)


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