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Names and players - yes I am bored

Posted by mikelink45 , 25 March 2020 · 904 views

Names and players - yes I am bored I just went through the roster of everyone who ever played for the Senators/Twins franchise. Only with Coronavirus would I do that. Well it was kind of fun and I put together a 26 man roster of the best names - from my perspective. These were last names only and it was hard to ignore the nicknames. Vic Power led off at first for the Twins since Power is our calling card and Early Wynn (perfect names) is our starting pitcher. Some are a little more obscure - actually I never heard of many of them. But here it is. Have at it - add and subtract as you like.

1B Vic Power
2B Jimmy Bloodworth
3B Rocky Bridges
SS Sam Crane
C Earl Battey
OF Steve Braun
OF Eric Bullock
OF Goose Goslin
P Early Wynn
P Red Bird
P Boof Bonser
P John Butcher
P Matt Capps
P Jim Constable
P Skipper Friday
P Eric Hacker
P Jim Hoey
P Jim Kaat
P Joe Klink
P Spencer Pumpelly

Bench
B Brian Dinkelman – 2B
B Jake Early – C
B Butch Huskey – OF
B Clyde Kluttz – C
B Elmer Klumpp – C
B Bob Unglaub - U

I also played with individual letters. This meant letters with a lot of names like "S". The weakness in this is apparent right away - the players were not Senator/Twins for their entire career so their numbers are inflated. For my exercise it is as if they were potentially on our teams their entire career and if they were this is how they stacked up.
1B George Sisler HOF 56.4
2b Germany Schaefer 8.9
3b Miquel Sano 7.8
Ss Roy Smalley 27.9
C Terry Steinbach 28
Of Tris Speaker HOF 134.2
Of Al Simmons HOF 68
Of Roy Sievers 25.5
P Jack Sandford 18.6
P Johann Santana 51.7
P Ervin Santana 26.6
P Bill Singer 18.7
p Lee Stange 9.2
464.5 total WAR

The R team does not have a total WAR because you will see that the list does not have enough potential to be beat the S team.

1B Rich Rollins
2b Luis Rivas
3b Rich Reese
Ss Pete Runnels
C Phil Roof
Of Ben Revere
Of Sam Rice HOF
Of Eddie Rosario
P Brad Radtke
P Pedro Ramos
P Jeff Reardon
P Kenny Rogers
p Dutch Reuther

The P team had 302.9 WAR but lacked the total star power.
1B Vic Power 15.3
2b Trevor Plouffe 7.2
3b Mike Pagliarulo 10.6
Ss Roger Peckinpaugh 44.9
C A J Pierzynski 23.8
Of Wally Post 18.2
Of Kirby Puckett 51.1
Of Albie Pearson 13.1
P Jim Perry 41.6
P Camilo Pascual 40.9
P Carl Pavano 16.4
P Mike Pineda 10.9
p Glen Perkins 8.9
302.9

The M's make a big push with 378.8 WAR
1B Justin Morneau 27
2b Buddy Myer 47.8
3b David McKay 0.1
Ss Pat Meares 4.8
C Joe Mauer 55.3
Of Paul Molitor HOF 75.7
Of Heinie Manush HOF 47.2
Of Shane Mack 21.6
P Firpo Marberry 30.3
P Tippy Martinez 8.6
P Joe Mays 9.4
P Eric Milton 16.5
p Jack Morris HOF 43.5
378.8

1B Ron Coomer 1.4
2b Rod Carew HOF 81.3
3b John Castino 15.2
Ss Joe Cronin 64.1
C Juan Castro -5.4
Of Ben Chapman 41.9
Of Marty Cordova 7.7
Of Michael Cuddyer 17.8
P Steve Carlton HOF 90.2
P Stan Coveleski HOF 61.4
P Dean Chance 29.9
P Al Cicotte 0.3
p Bartolo Colon 45.8
451.6 comes in second thanks to the HOF players


Those were the letters I chose. K has Killebrew and Kaat, but not enough supporting cast. B has a lot of players but only Blyleven is HOF. D has only Ed Delehanty. W does not have as many players, but Walter Johnson has 164 WAR by himself.

I cannot continue - my boredom has been replaced by being tired.

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tarheeltwinsfan
Mar 27 2020 07:56 PM

Mike, I never knew Tris Speaker and Al Simmons played with the Senators.I'm sorry to say this, but I doubted you... and looked it up. I'm not worthy. And Coveleski...I never heard of him. He was HOF.I'm not worthy. I really enjoyed your post. I'm not worthy.

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Mike, I never knew Tris Speaker and Al Simmons played with the Senators.I'm sorry to say this, but I doubted you... and looked it up. I'm not worthy. And Coveleski...I never heard of him. He was HOF.I'm not worthy. I really enjoyed your post. I'm not worthy.

So glad you could enjoy and find new information!Baseball is so fun.

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IndianaTwin
Mar 28 2020 11:23 AM

My son just ordered a copy of "Hall of Name: Baseball's Most Magnificent Monikers," a new book by D.B. Firstman, with the foreward by Jayson Stark. 

 

It's like an encyclopedia of about 100 of the best names in baseball history. For each player, there's some basic bio information, an etymology of the name, several paragraphs of bio, his pick for the best day of the player's career (by WPA or some other measure), "Not to be confused with" (references to other names from pop culture), anagrams, and an ephemera of tidbits that didn't make the rest of the entry. 

 

Chapters include: 

1. Baseball Poets and Men of Few (Different) Letters, led by our own Boof Bonser.

2. Dirty Names Done Dirt Cheap. Fortunately, this is the shortest section, with just 10 entries. But did you know that, according to the ephemera, Gene Krapp died from an unsuccessful surgery to deal with bowel cancer? 

3. Sounds Good to Me, chosen for the way the name rolls off the tongue, like Billy Jo Robidoux and Van Lingle Mungo. 

4. No Focus Group Convened, which is the leftovers chosen just because of being interesting or unusual. I assume that Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish was a no-brainer for inclusion. His anagram is "Oh Jesus! Unlavish, tragicomical, social lame duck." 

 

I haven't read it, but it's been fun to flip through. Though he has fun with it, I didn't find anything mean-spirited in the book. It seems to be very well done. 

 

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My son just ordered a copy of "Hall of Name: Baseball's Most Magnificent Monikers," a new book by D.B. Firstman, with the foreward by Jayson Stark. 

 

It's like an encyclopedia of about 100 of the best names in baseball history. For each player, there's some basic bio information, an etymology of the name, several paragraphs of bio, his pick for the best day of the player's career (by WPA or some other measure), "Not to be confused with" (references to other names from pop culture), anagrams, and an ephemera of tidbits that didn't make the rest of the entry. 

 

Chapters include: 

1. Baseball Poets and Men of Few (Different) Letters, led by our own Boof Bonser.

2. Dirty Names Done Dirt Cheap. Fortunately, this is the shortest section, with just 10 entries. But did you know that, according to the ephemera, Gene Krapp died from an unsuccessful surgery to deal with bowel cancer? 

3. Sounds Good to Me, chosen for the way the name rolls off the tongue, like Billy Jo Robidoux and Van Lingle Mungo. 

4. No Focus Group Convened, which is the leftovers chosen just because of being interesting or unusual. I assume that Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish was a no-brainer for inclusion. His anagram is "Oh Jesus! Unlavish, tragicomical, social lame duck." 

 

I haven't read it, but it's been fun to flip through. Though he has fun with it, I didn't find anything mean-spirited in the book. It seems to be very well done. 

That sounds great - let us know if any Twins besides Boof appear.Thanks for the information.