Great Names in Baseball History: A true “4-A” player

You might have missed this minor transaction from this morning’s sports section, but the Washington Nationals now possess a true “4-A” player, as Atahualpa Severino was recalled from the minors today. Just who or what IS an “Atahualpa“: Atahualpa, Atahuallpa, Atabalipa, or Atawallpa (March 20, 1497 – July 26, 1533), was the last Sapa Inca … Read more

Best Players with Tiles in Scoring Position

So we’ve been through the guys whose names are acceptable in Scrabble.  But what about the guys whose names are worth the most points in Scrabble? We’re not going to concern ourselves with those names that can’t be formed with the standard English distribution of tiles.  So, nobody with two Zs in their name are … 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

The Anagrammatical Beauty of Warner Madrigal

As a tournament Scrabbler, I spend a lot of time anagramming.  That hobby trickles into my day-to-day activities, as I often find myself passing street signs and rearranging the letters. So it should come as no surprise that I like to anagram baseball player names.  Sometimes there is nothing really wonderful to be done with … Read more

VORG’s version of an NPR Weekend Edition “Sunday Puzzle”

If you listen to NPR’s Weekend Edition on Sundays, you are familiar with “Puzzlemaster” Will Shortz’s puzzles.  Shortz offers a challenge for the listeners to solve, and a randomly selected correct respondent gets to come on the show the following week. Well, I’m going to put on my Value Over Replacement Grit “Puzzlemaster” hat and … Read more

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