If All “Initialed” Players went by their Given Names

Yankees catching prospect J.R. Murphy has informed the club he wants to be known by his full given name, John Ryan Murphy.  This got the VORG wondering about the given names of other “initialed” players, and how long their names would be if they went by their full given names (we’re excluding all hyphens, periods and apostrophes in the calculations).  A few of these guys would exceed the name length record of 20, but then we’d have to consider all players middle names too (perhaps an analysis for another day).

Anyway, here’s the list (playing name from the Lahman Baseball Database):

Playing Name Given Name Length
C.C. Lee Chen-Chang 12
J.D. Smart Jon David 13
A.J. Hinch Andrew Jay 14
J.D. Martin John Dale 14
J.R. Murphy John Ryan 14
J.T. Snow Jack Thomas 14
T.R. Bryden Thomas Ray 15
J.J. Hardy James Jerry 15
J.J. Putz Joseph Jason 15
J.J. Thobe John Joseph 15
T.J. Bohn Thomas Joseph 16
J.C. Boscan Jean Carlos 16
J.D. Durbin Joseph Adam 16
A.J. Ellis Andrew James 16
J.A. Happ James Anthony 16
L. J. Hoes Jerome O’Bryan 16
J. J. Hoover James Allen 16
J.R. House James Rodger 16
J.C. Romero Juan Carlos 16
B.J. Ryan Robert Victor 16
J.B. Shuck Jack Burdett 16
T.J. Tucker Thomas John 16
A.J. Burnett Allan James 17
D.T. Cromer David Thomas 17
R.A. Dickey Robert Allen 17
J.D. Drew David Jonathan 17
D.J. Houlton Dennis Sean 17
T.J. Mathews Timothy Jay 17
J.C. Ramirez Juan Carlos 17
T.J. Beam Theodore Lester 18
D.J. Dozier William Henry 18
J.P. Howell James Phillip 18
A.J. Pollock Allen Lorenz 18
J.R. Richard James Rodney 18
A.J. Sager Anthony Joseph 18
B.J. Upton Melvin Emanuel 18
J.T. Bruett Joseph Timothy 19
P.J. Forbes Patrick Joseph 19
A.J. Griffin Arthur Joseph 19
J.C. Martin Joseph Clifton 19
J.D. Martinez Julio Daniel 19
A.J. Murray Arlington John 19
J.R. Phillips Charles Gene 19
R.J. Reynolds Robert James 19
B.J. Rosenberg Brian James 19
F.P. Santangelo Frank-Paul 19
B.J. Surhoff William James 19
J.R. Towles Justin Richard 19
J.D. Closser Jeffrey Darrin 20
J.J. Furmaniak Jason Joseph 20
A.J. Ramos Alejandro Hinjos 20
B.J. Waszgis Robert Michael 20
J.P. Arencibia Jonathan Paul 21
A.J. Pierzynski Anthony John 21
P.J. Walters Phillip DeWayne 21
C.J. Wilson Christopher John 21
C.V. Matteson Clifford Virgil 22
D.J. Mitchell William Douglas 22
C.C. Sabathia Carsten Charles 22
C.B. Burns Charles Brittingham 23
C.J. Nitkowski Christopher John 24

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