Given the ever-expanding world upon which Major League Baseball casts its scouting net, it shouldn’t be a surprise to note the growing uniqueness of player names. Just this season, we had big league debuts from players born in Taiwan, Cuba, Venezuela and Germany, to name a few “home fields”.
Here is the complete list of unique first names that debuted in 2014:
These 30 names brings to roughly 2,237 the “one and only” unique first names in MLB history. I’m not going to list them all here, but I will link to a Google Drive spreadsheet that has the debut year and first name (along with alphabetical last name in case of more than one in same debut season). Note that for this exercise, variations on a given name are considered unique … i.e. “Steven” is different from “Stephen”.