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PostPosted: Fri 4/1/16 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I almost did a double take when I was scanning the final rosters for some teams today, and ran across "Matt Duffy", infielder for the Astros. Had some move been made that I had missed? The infielder by the name of Matt Duffy is a popular young player that S.F. has had high hopes for, contributing to a world championship for the team in his rookie year. What could be offered that would prompt them to give him up?

Then, I realized this was a different Matt Duffy. The rookie who plays in Houston is Matthew Edward Duffy. The more-recognized player of the same name is Matthew Michael Duffy.
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PostPosted: Sun 2/5/17 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On Super Bowl Sunday, one of the competing teams features quarterback Matt Ryan.

So of course I had to chuckle about this article on MLB.com about all the "Matt Ryans" in the history of baseball. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon 2/6/17 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was a really good way to mix in baseball!
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PostPosted: Mon 2/20/17 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Notable "name game" item out of White Sox camp at CBRG--Giovanni Soto/Geovany Soto.
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PostPosted: Wed 2/22/17 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lol - brings back memories of all the Dave Roberts and Bobby Jones types we have had playing for my Padres Smile
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PostPosted: Wed 5/10/17 6:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last Saturday's Padres-Dodgers game featured a match-up of two similarly named batteries--Clayton/Austin vs. Clayton/Austin. That is, Clayton Richard for the Padres being caught by Austin Hedges, while Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw threw to Austin Barnes. Both starting pitchers are lefties, to boot.
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PostPosted: Wed 5/10/17 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our guys were talking about this one, too. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed 2/20/19 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, Zach Britton has changed his name to "Zack" Britton.

Okay...
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PostPosted: Sat 7/6/19 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An interesting note about rookies in the NL West:

Both the Jints and the Dodgers have players on their rosters this season named "Will Smith". The rookie Will Smith in L.A. is a catcher, and his counterpart is a LHP. The Dodgers' Will Smith has been up and down so far in 2019.

But with the Dodgers needing bullpen help, there's been some speculation that reliever Smith of S.F. could be acquired by the Dodgers.

Which would mean at some point we could see a battery of "Will Smith/Will Smith." Smile

(And no, I don't see it happening...LOL)
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PostPosted: Fri 7/12/19 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh my gosh, when I read this I thought to myself it's perfect for the Name Game thread:

Gray vs. Gray tonight as Sonny faced Jonathan, Reds vs. Rockies. Both of them got a no decision. First time since 1933 two "color" names faced each other, lol. The things baseball keeps track of!
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PostPosted: Tue 9/10/19 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two posts above this one, I mentioned the two Will Smiths in the NL West. It's not enough that one is a pitcher and one is a catcher, but they play for long-time archrivals dating back to 1890, and this is their first season with their respective teams.

Well, it had to happen--in the Dodgers-Jints game at Dodger Stadium last Friday, closer Will Smith came in to protect a lead by the Battery Chuckers, and with two out and the game on the line, faced Will Smith.

Yeah...the wrong result, though. Will Smith struck out. Sad
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PostPosted: Thu 2/27/20 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, Cathy, I did a double take on this Javy Guerra dude on the Padres' roster.

Let it be specifically known that he is not the Javy Guerra who played for the Dodgers several years ago and most recently played last year for the Blue Jays.

But, as well as sharing a name, both Javy Guerras are RHPs.

The Padres' version is a much younger one, though.
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PostPosted: Thu 2/27/20 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lol! I should have posted about that. This Javy Guerra is from Panama. The one who played for your Dodgers was from Texas. It is funny though that they are both righties.
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PostPosted: Wed 4/29/20 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recently found this link via SABR, which lists all "double unique" names in MLB history. That is, and I'll use an example from the last 20 years, Sidney Ponson--there has only been one Sidney to play Major League Baseball (believe it or not), and only one person with the surname Ponson. The list dates all the way back to 1871!

Not surprised "Yhency Brazoban" is one...LOL.
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PostPosted: Wed 4/29/20 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dinelson Lamet is no surprise either! Termel Sledge, Jedd Gyorko, Odrisamer Despaigne, Jabari Blash, a few Padres in recent years, and of course Chone Figgins of the Angels.

That list is much larger than I expected it to be, but when you think how many players go up and down every year, I understand why, and it started 150 years ago.
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PostPosted: Thu 10/22/20 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I neglected to post about this last week, with all the fun of NLCS Game 5 over the fact that Will Smith vs. Will Smith was the first time in postseason history that a batter had faced an opposing pitcher with the same name.

And to homer off him? Even better. (Given it was our guy who hit the homer.) Smile

Some funny lines about it, per MLB.com.
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PostPosted: Sat 10/24/20 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing There were some good ones there.
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PostPosted: Tue 2/9/21 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sure looks like I fell asleep at the wheel again. I failed to notice, last September, that former Dodger, then with the Mariners, Dee Gordon announced his full surname would be officially used, which is "Strange Gordon." He did this to honor his mother, who was killed when he was six years old--an extremely sad fact that I don't remember ever hearing before (!), although I can't imagine Vin didn't tell us that at some point. However, when I read recent references to him as "Strange Gordon", I checked into it.

And you can hardly blame me for not knowing--I found very few mentions of it on-line, mostly from fantasy blogs such as this one.

So there you have it. Now I can post an update in Hot Stove about him. Smile
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