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Local Student Struggling to Find German Word for Max Kepler Batting Leadoff

With Opening Day less than a week away, the Minnesota Twins are in the process of making some hard decisions. And for one local grad student, it means a lot of extra hours in the library and at her laptop.
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Cara Daugherty, 24, is working toward her master’s degree in Germanic Studies at the University of Minnesota. For now, her studies are taking a backseat to figuring out the correct phrasing for the reported elevation of German native Max Kepler to the leadoff spot in 2019.

“The local media wants a fancy word like schadenfreude for this situation,” says Daugherty, who declined to name the personalities in question, but characterized them as “talk radio jackals” and “podcasters” who are constantly emailing and texting her for the right turn of phrase.

“Everyone seems to agree that it’s a real roll of the dice on the team’s part,” says the Minneapolis resident. “But they also agree it would be pretty cool if there was a mysterious German word to tack on to the decision.

‘Rubes love big words’ is what one of them told me.”

Her research, which has keyed in on words and phrases like “hubris”, “throwing darts”, and “Carlos Gomez, but in a black turtleneck”, has so far returned zero applicable results.

“It just ends up being a string of angry-sounding words,” says Daugherty. “Nothing elegant or pithy to really bring the feeling of dread mingled with blind hope into view.”

Erik Solheim, Daugherty’s faculty adviser, says this is not the first time such an issue has arisen.

“Back when the Twins transitioned Miguel Sano to the outfield, we had a couple requests from media to winnow that entire disaster into one word or phrase,” says Solheim. “The best we could do was
‘Auf jeden Rechen auf dem gottverdammten Parkplatz treten’, which roughly translates to ‘stepping on every rake in the goddamn parking lot’,”

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theBOMisthebomb
Mar 22 2019 06:12 AM
Ask the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. They came up with Gemütlichkeit, so they might be able to help.
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"vorübergehend"

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Führer der Schläger

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Pardon My Dinger
Mar 22 2019 08:51 AM
This article is very stupid...but also very interesting.
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RatherBeGolfing
Mar 22 2019 08:53 AM

Das leadoff

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Germans love making compound words for conceptual things that are 20 letters long. "One who bats leadoff in baseball" would certainly be in the wheelhouse for such a word.

 

I believe the term we would want in this case would be der Zuerstenschlagmann.

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Grundlagenleger

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RandBall's Stu
Mar 22 2019 12:53 PM

It speaks highly of TD readers that they're trying to suss out the actual German for this scenario. Couple of y'all did something at college besides keg stands, and I'm proud of you.

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Dave The Dastardly
Mar 22 2019 01:09 PM

Abfuhren der Schlagmann - my guess for "lead-off batsman", but might also be translated as "first man to empty his bowels".Which, depending how well Kepler does leading off, might apply more to the opposing pitcher than to Max the Magnificent.

 

 

 

 

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Don’t Germans typically lead off by capturing Poland?
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Don’t Germans typically lead off by capturing Poland?

Sh! Sh!

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sampleSizeOfOne
Mar 22 2019 02:13 PM
Yeah, last thing we need is some statistician bringing up "Wins Above Replacement" here!

Erste? Vielleicht Eins?
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Hosken Bombo Disco
Mar 22 2019 02:37 PM
eine kleine nachtmusik?

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Fuhren Sie den Teig aus, der die Hoffnungen und Traume der degnerischen Speiler zerstort!

Der ersteschlagmeister

We need "translation" for this thread. My finger is tired of "copy, paste, post" to translate. Only to find some of posts for those"German" words, lead only to this thread.

But, as someone said, an "an interesting thread".

 

But, as someone said, an "an interesting thread".

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How about Ersteblitzen? (Air-ste-blitz-en)

Means first lightning, or first flash.

 

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Verrryyyy...interesting......

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