First Names by Debut Year

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 … Read more

“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 “it is kisstomary to cuss the bride,” “The Lord is a shoving leopard,” and the classic: “Mardon me padom, you are occupewing my pie. May I sew you to another sheet?”

Now, in the baseball Twitterverse, spoonerisms of player’s names seem to crop up as an insult, when that player does something  . . . umm . . . not too good.  Or when folks are just being a bit silly, like this recent stream of tweets by Friend of the VORG, Andrew Padyk:

Andrew Padyk @andrewpadyk

Helix Fernandez

Andrew Padyk @andrewpadyk

Pichael Mineda

Andrew Padyk @andrewpadyk

Ravid Dobertson

Andrew Padyk @andrewpadyk

Vustin Jerlander

Andrew Padyk @andrewpadyk

Hatt Marvey

Andrew Padyk @andrewpadyk

The VORG loves spoonerisms too, and offers you this “spoonerized” list of the Baseball Prospectus Top 101 Prospects:

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