Hall of Names

Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to the two newest Baseball Hall of Famers: Roberto “Remember the” Alomar and Bert “Be Home” Blyleven. Alomar was chosen on 90% of the ballots by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, and Blyleven on 79.7. But folks, we’re here to talk nicknames, not numbers.

Who do you turn to for baseball nicknames? Chris Berman. Boomer’s creation of Bert “Be Home” Blyleven may just be his finest work ever, but there are plenty more monickers that deserve mention as well. Check these out…

Oddibe ”Young Again” McDowell

Mike ”Leggo” Gallego

Rick “See Ya Later” Aguilera

Barry “U.S.” Bonds

Tom “Cotton” Candiotti

Carlos “One if by Land, Two if” Baerga

Bernard “Innocent Until Proven” Gilkey

Bruce ”Two Minutes For” Ruffin

Hideo “Ain’t Gonna Work on Maggie’s Farm” Nomo

Kirt ”What Was That” Manwaring

Stan ”You Can” Javier ”Way”

LaMarr ”Where Does it” Hoyt

Albert “Winnie the” Pujols

Greg “Math-a” Maddux

Moises “Skip to My” Alou

Scott “Supercalifragilisticexpiali” Brosius

Miguel “Tejada They Come, Tejada They Fall”

Lance “You Sunk My” Blankenship

Mark Carreon “My Wayward Son”

Ron “Born in the U.S.” Cey

Todd “Which Hand Does He” Frohwirth

Nomar “Mr. Nice Guy” Garciaparra

Scott “Rock the” Kazmir

John “I am Not a” Kruk

Fred “The Crime Dog” McGriff

Eddie “Eat, Drink, and Be” Murray

Jose “Blame it on” Rijo

C.C. “Splish, Splash, I was Taking” Sabathia

Gary Sheffield “of Dreams”

Tony Tarasco “Sauce”

  1. kevin pettus says:

    Can’t help but think of another pitcher who more than matched Blyleven in terms of longevity if nothing else. Here’s to adding his candidacy to the Hall of Names- Tommy “I gotta go to the” John.

  2. Mike Ryan says:

    I agree with both choices and I absolutly agree with the Nicknames. My kind of humor made me chuckle even though I knew most of them.

  3. Ahmed says:

    Tommy You’re right in this not being the most impressive class ever, but I think Robbie Alomar is one of the gtseraet second basemen of all time. And McGwire admittedly a controversial case was one of the great sluggers that ever lived. I just don’t think selective justice is fair. Sure, we’re 99.9 percent sure McGwire cheated, but cheaters who weren’t caught will be inducted we all have some ideas on who they are and cheaters will be caught after they’re inducted. What do you do then? You can’t kick a guy out, as far as I know. All we have to go on are the numbers that guys put up in between the white lines numbers that will stand up as official forever, whether we like it or not so that’s what I judge McGwire on. But I realize that might still be a minority position, and you are completely justified in your opinion of him. And I’m glad to hear some support for Bert! Time to get that guy in the Hall.

  4. Roberto says:

    My opinion which is sucjbetive and therefore not based on any objective facts is that the Baseball Hall of Fame is not a particularly interesting thing and discussions of who does or doesn’t belong in it are similarly not interesting. I live within 100 miles of it and have visited it once in my 45 years on earth, zero times of my own volition as an adult.For me baseball is something I enjoy and cherish but I’m not big on debating which cream deserves on whatever merit to rise to the top. I simply enjoy the whole thing, from Rickey Henderson to Ricky Ledee, and I just don’t care who wonks would decide to king. The wonks do and I say bully for them. Let them enjoy that I won’t interfere because it just doesn’t matter to me at all.


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