Note: This post runs concurrently under a different name on The Blog of Funny Names
“Every time I sign a ball I thank my lucky stars I wasn’t born Covelski or Wambgnass or Peckingpaugh”–Mel Ott
Ol’ Mr. Ott may be happy for not being any of the names above, but he never would have won the annual minor league baseball Moniker Madness competition with his name. He may be a 500-home run Hall-of-Famer, but we at The Blog of Funny Names march to a different drummer. We’d sooner idolize the likes of past Moniker Madness winners, like Rock Shoulders, Will Startup and Sicnarf Loospstok, the latter of whom was aided by some late ballot-stuffing by the BOFN staff to win last year’s contest. This year, another 75 amazing and ridiculous names are in the running–you can cast your official vote on the office Minor League Baseball Moniker Madness site through Thursday.
But the poll that really counts is the one we run, where we let our readers select their favorites. Five of the current top 10 in the standings are profiled below–you can vote for your choice at the bottom of the page.
But first, something completely different. I can’t help but mention that some of this year’s names seem to fall into some distinct categories–divisions, if you will. These divisions are:
The “Have Baseballs, Will Travel” division, including Tommy Toledo, Montana DuRapau and Montreal Robertson; The “What’s on the Menu” division, starring Mark Hamburger, Joey Pankake and Renzo Martini; the “I’m Masquerading as a Celebrity” division, with Burt Reynolds and Joan Baez; and the “With a Name Like This, I Should Have Been a Porn Star,” division comprised of Steel Russell, Brock Dyxhoorn and Kieran Lovegrove.
OK, that’s out of my system. Now, here are the five BOFN nominees you can vote for on this page–all of them are in the top 10 in the Moniker Madness standings as of this writing. As per last year, I’ll play my favorite name game, which is speculating what these names sound like their owners should have been if they weren’t baseball players.
Brooks Pounders–Who he is: a journeyman minor league pitcher in the KC Royals organization. With a name like that, you’d figure he’d be pounding the strike zone, and he has averaged slightly less than 3 walks per nine innings in his 6 year career. Unfortunately, he’s still in A ball, three levels below MLB. Who I think his name sounds like? The IBO Cruiserweight boxing champion of the world.
Venn Biter–Who his is: a 2013 outfield draft choice by the Phillies, currently laboring in the Gulf Coast Rookie League. Who I think his name sounds like? Count Dracula’s nephew.
Tommy Toledo–Who he is: a pitcher in The Milwaukee Brewers organization. Who I think his name sounds like? President of the Longshoremen, local #4127.
Damien Magnifico–Who he is: another Brewers pitcher–an embarrassment of funny names for the Brew Crew. Who I think his name sounds like? The Defense Against the Dark Arts professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Joey Pankake–Who he is: a 2014 7th round draft choice of the Detroit Tigers, playing right here in Connecticut in the NY-Penn League. Who I think his name sounds like? A less than successful mafia hit man from Brooklyn, played by Joe Pesci.
With 75 names to chose from, we’ll allow write in votes. Heck, vote for your own kid in little league if his–or her–name is funny.