Fun with the names in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft

Just as we did with the 2012 version of this post, I’ll leave the sophisticated analysis of the recently-concluded 2013 Draft to the real experts. There were 1,216 players drafted. Most popular last names: Miller, Smith and Williams (each 11). Most popular first names: Tyler (34), Ryan (31), Nick (21). Longest last name: (Kyren) Gilmore-Parrott … Read more

Fun with the names in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft

I’ll leave the hard-core analysis of the recently-completed draft to the professionals. Let’s stick to the minutia of the names, shall we? There were 1,238 players drafted. Most popular last names: Smith (13), Johnson (12), Jones (9). Most popular first names: Michael (29), Tyler (23), Ryan (23). Longest last name: (Alfredo) Escalera-Maldonado (17 letters plus … Read more

Lots of Alliterative Last Name Lineup Loading

We’ve done lineups in fielding position order.  We’ve done alphabetical lineups.  Now, how about lineups with last names that all begin with the same letter? Well, there has never been a batting order with all nine guys starting with the same letter.  But there HAVE been two games with seven similarly-surnamed fellows.  Both games featured … Read more

I’m “All In” for Alliteration, Alberto Alburquerque!

The Tigers called up reliever Alberto (Al) Alburquerque this week.  Now, I’m not the only blogger with a fondness for great names, but what struck me about this fellow beyond the name’s alliteration was the matched sequence of the first three letters in the first and last names. Lets hear it for tautograms! You know … Read more