“Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names.”

Well, friends, it is that time of year again… MiLB.com’s Moniker Madness contest is once again underway. If you love baseball and interesting names, this is like your Christmas. This year’s competition is already in the quarterfinals, so be sure to head over and fill out your bracket before it’s too late!

If you’re jumping into this thing late, here is a little Moniker Madness round-up (FBB style!) to help fill you in.


Injustices: How Bob Stumpo edged out Angelberth Mantillo is beyond me. Silly voters! They also propelled Brett Butts ahead of Ben Tootle and Bradley Boxberger. *Fist*

Jordan Hotchkiss?: Jordan played for the New Market Rebels for about 2 days a few years back. I never thought his name was that odd, but somehow he made it onto the 2011 bracket.

Alliteration!: I love alliterative names, and this year’s bracket had a bounty of winners… the aforementioned Bradley Boxberger, Dock Doyle, Zech Zinicola, Callixe Crabbe, Brooks Belter.

Speaking of Brooks Belter…: Isn’t that a great name for a baseball player? I think it is.

Back 2 the Future: There are always a couple monikers that sound like they came from one or two hundred years in the future. Jurickson Profar, to me, sounds like a future-version of Indiana Jones; a professor/adventurer/world-saver type. And Skyler Strosmoe sounds like he might own a flying car dealership.

Drool: Mark Hamburger? Yum.

Exotic: Taiwan Easterling! Yohan Flande! Jhonaldo Pozo! Kila Ka’aihue!

Tee-hee-hee!: I already mentioned the adorably-named Ben Tootle. There is also a Drew Smyly. *Giggles*

Probably could have made it as poets: Xavier Avery. Forrest Snow. Emerson Frostad. Quincy Latimore.

Probably could not have made it as doctors: Kevin Quackenbush. Kurt Yacko.

My personal final four: The final four on my bracket are Seth Schwindenhammer, Tuffy Gosewich, Rougned Odor, and Forrest Snow.

Who will go all the way?: Seth Schwinderhammer will always hold a special place in my heart (he dethroned Jarrod Saltalamacchia there)  but this year my pick to win it all is Forrest Snow. It is a rather whimsical name and made me think instantly of Robert Frost’s poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” (which I love.) It isn’t an easy call, but as a sucker for anything poetic, I would give this year’s Moniker Madness crown  to Mr. Snow.


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