Maybe it was Freddie Freeman’s big contract extension, or his recent wedding engagement, but something possessed friend of the VORG HighHeatStats to ask me this:
High Heat Stats @HighHeatStats
Hey @ how about a Freddie Freeman list–players with identical 1st 3 letters in both names?
Using the Lahman Baseball Database as my reference, I found 14 players with the first *four* letters of their first name matching the first four letters of their last name, as well as an additional 36 with three. :
John Henry Johnson
Ramon Ramirez (born 1982)
Ramon Ramirez (born 1981)
Post-script: Friend of the VORG Kazuto Yamazaki points out that Dave Davidson’s given name at birth was David, so he’d be a “5/5″. This of course brings up the grey area of given name vs. playing name (Campy Campaneris gets an honorable mention, as he is listed as “Bert” in the database). I’ll let the reader decide how they want to resolve this in their own mind.