Baseball nicknames have pretty much been lame for the last few years. Sure the Yankees have Joba and A-Rod (A-Rod isn't really that good, it's just short for Alex Rodriguez) and, of course, Moose, short for Mussina.
Look back to the 50's and 60's when the lineup included Moose (had nothing to do with his last name) Yogi (where did that come from?) Scooter, Joltin' Joe, Old Reliable, Whitey, and The Mick. They were managed by Casey. Even the 70's had Goose, Sparky, and Catfish.
Sure, today, there are still some good nicknames. The Twins starting pitcher is Boof Bonser. What a great baseball name. You have your Big Papi, and a few Coco's, but not a whole lot of great names.
But compare that to some of the names from the past. Names so well-known, that most fans couldn't give the players real name.
Try these on for size
Vinegar Bend Mizell
Oil Can Boyd
How many can you give the real first name without using Google?
- ► 2010 (8)
- ► 2009 (73)
- ▼ 05/25 - 06/01 (6)