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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Career minor-leaguer Jumbo Diaz called up after losing 69 pounds in offseason

The nickname came because at one point he was in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization and they had two players named Jose Diaz. To make it easier, the hefty pitcher became “Jumbo.” But knowing that his weight was part of the reason he wasn’t getting called up — despite a 1.66 ERA in 2013 and good stuff, including a 96-97 mph fastball — Diaz decided to make a change last winter.

What happened to calling guys like this ‘tiny’ or ‘slim’?  Where have you gone ironic nicknames?

And I’m not sure I’m buying that teams are turning away guys with sub two ERAs who can throw 96 for aesthetic reasons.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: June 22, 2014 at 03:50 AM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Rennie's Tenet Posted: June 22, 2014 at 08:32 AM (#4732603)
Stealthy on the bases, too:

Steal of third
   2. RMc and the Respective Punishments Posted: June 22, 2014 at 10:36 AM (#4732624)
You fool! That was Hefty Diaz stealing that base, not Jumbo Diaz!

Apparently it's not OK to award a nickname based on race, religion, ethnicity or sexual preference, but if a guy's overweight...hello, Jumbo!
   3. PASTE, Now with Extra Pitch and Extra Stamina Posted: June 22, 2014 at 11:12 AM (#4732637)
Fat Freddie Fitzsimmons would barely be noted as overweight if he played today.

When I played Little League there was one team, sponsored by a local outfit called Drenning's, that had a pipsqueak lefthanded leadoff hitter his teammates called Little Lefty and a fat #3 hitter that could hit the hell out of the ball they called Hefty Lefty--they would chant these nicknames every single time those two kids came up.

The other distinctive thing about this team was they were the only team in the league that used wooden bats. They were pretty good, a first division team.
   4. PreservedFish Posted: June 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM (#4732653)
The first frames of that video are of Carlos Beltran's arms and midsection. It's an ad for an energy drink, but I thought that it was Hefty Diaz.
   5. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: June 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM (#4732654)
The full game feed is even better, because the announcers were joking about him stealing right before he did it.

IIRC, he ended up spending an inning playing second base that game, too. It was fan appreciation day, and one of the players was trying to play every position (he didn't make it - the game got rained out after the 8th), so there were some positional shenanigans going on to try and make that happen.
   6. Justin T drives a crooked hoss Posted: June 22, 2014 at 12:04 PM (#4732655)
An 8th inning rainout the day some dope is trying to play everywhere is the best.
   7. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: June 22, 2014 at 12:10 PM (#4732657)
What happened to calling guys like this ‘tiny’ or ‘slim’? Where have you gone ironic nicknames?

Jose "Flaco" Mijares?
   8. Rennie's Tenet Posted: June 22, 2014 at 12:54 PM (#4732673)
An 8th inning rainout the day some dope is trying to play everywhere is the best.


The rainout turned out to give him a save, so he might have liked that better.
   9. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: June 22, 2014 at 01:38 PM (#4732698)
So he's in the best shape of his life?
   10. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: June 22, 2014 at 05:26 PM (#4732854)
Fat Freddie Fitzsimmons would barely be noted as overweight if he played today.

Ditto Hippo Vaughn.
Although Hippo Vaughn was apparently a circus strongman in the offseason, bending horseshoes and such. So, you know, if "Hippo" is OK with him, it's OK with me.
   11. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: June 22, 2014 at 05:43 PM (#4732862)
Apparently it's not OK to award a nickname based on race, religion, ethnicity or sexual preference, but if a guy's overweight...hello, Jumbo!


It'd be great if he had the nickname because he went to college at Tufts, or something like that, and people just assumed that it was a reference to his weight.
   12. PASTE, Now with Extra Pitch and Extra Stamina Posted: June 22, 2014 at 06:15 PM (#4732902)
Although Hippo Vaughn was apparently a circus strongman in the offseason, bending horseshoes and such. So, you know, if "Hippo" is OK with him, it's OK with me.
''

I thought that was Fred Toney, with whom Hippo's memory is intertwined.
   13. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: June 22, 2014 at 07:14 PM (#4732981)
You might be right. The story I remember was about Vaughn, but I don't remember who was telling the story.
   14. Leroy Kincaid Posted: June 22, 2014 at 08:44 PM (#4733160)
Apparently it's not OK to award a nickname based on...sexual preference

"Oral" Hershiser? Ernie Mc"Annally"?
   15. Walt Davis Posted: June 22, 2014 at 10:13 PM (#4733202)
Hippo Vaughn was apparently a circus strongman in the offseason, bending horseshoes and such.

Gotta be the roids! Or possibly trick horseshoes.
   16. eddieot Posted: June 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM (#4733393)
Hefty Diaz or Jumbo Diaz would both be great band names.
   17. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: June 23, 2014 at 10:07 AM (#4733399)
Apparently it's not OK to award a nickname based on race, religion, ethnicity or sexual preference, but if a guy's overweight...hello, Jumbo!


Now on to more important matters - my motion to add "fatty-fatty boombalatty" to the list of unacceptable hate speech.
   18. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: June 23, 2014 at 11:22 AM (#4733461)
And I’m not sure I’m buying that teams are turning away guys with sub two ERAs who can throw 96 for aesthetic reasons.


I do not wish to purchase your jeans, as they are displeasingly large.
   19. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: June 23, 2014 at 11:33 AM (#4733473)

Now on to more important matters - my motion to add "fatty-fatty boombalatty" to the list of unacceptable hate speech.


I prefer 'fatty-fatty-2x4'. "Boombalatty" just doesn't mean much to the kids these days.

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