Category Archives: Names

Longest Player Name for each Franchise

Friend of the VORG Doug Kern alerted me to the following: Tampa Bay Rays @RaysBaseball OFFICIAL: #Rays call up left-handed reliever @CJRief, whose 12-letter last name ties Jason Isringhausen for longest in club history. That @CJRief is C.J. Riefenhauser, and … Continue reading

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The Complete List of “Spoonerized” MLB Names

Last month we introduced the concept of “spoonerized” names.  A “spoonerism” is an error in speech or deliberate play on words in which corresponding consonants, vowels, or morphemes are switched (see metathesis) between two words in a phrase.  Fans of … Continue reading

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The VORG is Rooting for Dean Anna

In the days leading up to, and the weeks after the Robinson Cano deal with the Mariners, the Yankees have seemingly turned over every stone looking for a live body to man second base.  One small move, made primarily for … Continue reading

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“Spoonerized” Top 101 MLB Prospect Names

A “spoonerism” is an error in speech or deliberate play on words in which corresponding consonants, vowels, or morphemes are switched (see metathesis) between two words in a phrase.  They are named for Reverend William Archibald Spooner.  These spoonerisms included … Continue reading

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Teammates with the Same Repeating Initials

Friend of the VORG David Branson sent me the following message recently: David Branson @obxleatherman @dianagram Greg Gagne and Gary Gaetti were teammates on a WS winning team. Other teams with players sharing the same repeating initials? Well, using the … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Good-field, no-hit Cuban SS signed, and the VORG goes wild!

The Dodgers continued their free-wheelin’, free-spending ways today, as they announced the signing of Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena to a five year, $25 million deal. The early scouting report on Arruebarruena is a very strong glove with a very weak … Continue reading

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