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All About (sort of) “B” in Baseball Names

For all of you who enjoyed All About “A” — here is “All About “B.” With the season upon us and baseball in the air and on the tongue, herewith a primer for novices and super experts. Enjoy, and keeps those letters and suggestions coming.

THE BABE George Herman Ruth leads off the list and paces the list in most nick-names acquired. First called “Babe” by teammates on the Baltimore Orioles, his first professional team because of his youth, G.H.Ruth was also called “Jidge” by Yankee teammates, short for George. He called most players “Kid,” because he couldn’t remember names, even of his closest friends. Opponents called him “The Big Monk” and “Monkey.” Continue reading

All About “A” in Baseball Names

With the season upon us and baseball in the air and on the tongue, herewith a primer for novices and super experts. Enjoy, and keeps those letters and suggestions coming.

A-Rod A shortening of one-time Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez’s name.

Adjusted ERA formula for pitcher’s ability to prevent runs from being scored – adjusted for league and home park factors. AERA, adjusted earned run average.

Advance The moving ahead of a base runner to the next base as a result of a hit, error, sacrifice, balk, etc. Continue reading

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