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Sunday, October 02, 2022

There’s a new longest last name in MLB history

- Simeon Woods Richardson admits that he had thought about the absurdity of what his full last name would look like on the back of a Major League team’s jersey. It’s 16 characters long, pushing him decisively past the previous labyrinthine-last-name leader, former big league catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, for what’s believed to be the longest name on the back of a jersey in big league history.

“I could already envision it,” Woods Richardson said. “I already know it’s going to go from love handle to love handle.”

He no longer needs to imagine it, because such a jersey now exists and hangs from a locker in the visiting clubhouse at Comerica Park, with his beautifully arching last name enveloping a jersey number 78. It’s about to hit the big stage, too, as Woods Richardson, the organization’s No. 6 prospect, will make his Major League debut as the Twins’ starting pitcher in Sunday’s series finale against the Tigers, as announced Saturday by manager Rocco Baldelli.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 02, 2022 at 06:52 PM | 40 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. It's regretful that PASTE was able to get out Posted: October 02, 2022 at 10:22 PM (#6098794)
Looking forward to the Pirates signing him to a $1M contract in a few years and announcing with a straight face that they've finally brought in a big name free agent.
   2. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: October 02, 2022 at 10:29 PM (#6098796)
Only royalty gets to have 4 last names. Pick dude. And it's not even hyphenated, so I don't understand why Woods isn't his middle name.
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 02, 2022 at 10:45 PM (#6098798)
Indeed. It’s right there in the middle. I don’t think it counts.
   4. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: October 02, 2022 at 11:34 PM (#6098801)
Yes. There are probably scores of hispanic players with longer compound last names. I'm not going to search, but the first one I thought of was Sandy Alcantara Montero, which is also is 16 letters.
   5. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: October 03, 2022 at 12:02 AM (#6098802)
Another typical failure of Manfred's pace-of-name initiatives.
   6. Cooper Nielson Posted: October 03, 2022 at 02:34 AM (#6098803)
What's the shortest name in MLB history?

The Tigers had Fu-Te Ni -- 2-letter last name, 6 letters total (7 including hyphen).

Scanning the born-in-Taiwan list, there have been a couple of Hu's, also a Lo, but they had longer first/middle names than Fu-Te if you want to use that as a tiebreaker. Seunghwan Oh from Korea also has a long first name.

Ed Ott is a short name but his full name is Nathan Edward Ott.
   7. Cooper Nielson Posted: October 03, 2022 at 02:43 AM (#6098804)
Another typical failure of Manfred's pace-of-name initiatives.

Golf clap for this one.
   8. vortex of dissipation Posted: October 03, 2022 at 03:23 AM (#6098805)
What's the shortest name in MLB history?


Shortest last name in NPB history is Hiroo I.
   9. DL from MN Posted: October 03, 2022 at 07:54 AM (#6098811)
The Twins beat writer noted that Woods Richardson was relieved by Griffin Jax which has to be the biggest name differential in a substitution.
   10. Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: October 03, 2022 at 08:19 AM (#6098817)
Only royalty gets to have 4 last names. Pick dude. And it's not even hyphenated, so I don't understand why Woods isn't his middle name.


I don't know if this is the case here but blended last names are a lot more common. A couple of the guys I work with when they've gotten married have changed their last names to be a mixed last name with their wife's name. So the last name goes from "Smith" to "Jones Smith." A former co-worker and her now husband just combined them into one word "Smithjones." Ten years ago I'd never heard of such a thing for men with only women doing the hyphenated thing (e.g. Chris Evert-Lloyd). Now while I won't say it's common it happens enough not to surprise me. If that's what someone wants to be called, meh, no skin off my nose.
   11. SoSH U at work Posted: October 03, 2022 at 08:28 AM (#6098818)
Now while I won't say it's common it happens enough not to surprise me. If that's what someone wants to be called, meh, no skin off my nose.


I don't have an issue with hyphenation, but it seems short-sighted to me. If your kids are Smith-Jones, do they hyphenate when they get married? At some point, it's going to get a little unwieldy for future generations.

   12. You can keep your massive haul Posted: October 03, 2022 at 12:28 PM (#6098869)
My wife and I decided that our kids would have her maiden name as their middle name. She changed her middle name to match the kids. The dog gets her last name. Works for us.
   13. oscar madisox Posted: October 03, 2022 at 12:43 PM (#6098876)
What's the shortest name in MLB history?


Ed Ott?
   14. Walt Davis Posted: October 03, 2022 at 03:07 PM (#6098904)
I assume that written in script, all of the Japanese and Chinese names are quite short. Does the concept of a long/short word even exist in those cultures? Is it more "complicated" as in lots of strokes? Long in terms of syllables? (I'm genuinely ignorant here.)

Woods Richardson is 4 syllables. Part of what made Saltalamacchia such a great long name champ -- 6 syllables in 14 letters, it takes forever to say too. Pasifika names have big syllable/letter ratios too.

We've moved a good way towards writing the way we talk and, in these days of cheap data storage and massive entry fields, the number of letters is immaterial to anybody but form designers and uniform letter sewers. Perhaps "word length" should be considered in terms of syllables.
   15. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: October 03, 2022 at 04:19 PM (#6098924)
Ten years ago I'd never heard of such a thing for men with only women doing the hyphenated thing (e.g. Chris Evert-Lloyd).


20+ years ago I worked with a Jim Harkness-Stickley. He added his wife’s name before the hyphen. It did not flow off the tongue.

Later, I worked with a Li Du.
   16. Cooper Nielson Posted: October 04, 2022 at 03:11 AM (#6098998)
I assume that written in script, all of the Japanese and Chinese names are quite short. Does the concept of a long/short word even exist in those cultures? Is it more "complicated" as in lots of strokes? Long in terms of syllables? (I'm genuinely ignorant here.)


I'm no expert, but my understanding of Chinese surnames is that they are all (or at least the vast majority) written as one character representing one syllable. However, there can still be a difference in "length" based on the pronunciation (for example, "Huang" is more phonetically complex than "Hu" despite both being monosyllabic), though I don't know if this is something non-linguists pay much attention to.

Chinese speakers may also consider the complexity/density of the character. I understand that most Chinese dictionaries are organized based on number of strokes of the characters, so that's probably something people are at least somewhat conscious of. Wang 王 is notably simpler (shorter?) than Huang 黄.

It looks like almost all Japanese surnames are written (in kanji) with two characters, with each character representing one or two syllables -- "Matsumoto" and "Ito" are the same length in writing. There are some one-character surnames (e.g., Hayashi, Mori, Hara) and some one-syllable surnames (e.g., Sadaharu Oh, though his name appears to be borrowed from Chinese). So my guess is that Japanese people have a sense of name length, but don't care much about it.

There are lots of two-letter Vietnamese surnames (Ly, Le, Do, Vo/Vu, Ho, Ta, To, Vi) but unfortunately we're not very good at baseball. Jim Parque's middle name is "Vo."
   17. Harmon "Thread Killer" Microbrew Posted: October 04, 2022 at 08:46 AM (#6099006)
I had a baseball card in the 80s that informed me that the shortest names (at that time? ever?) in MLB were Bo Diaz and Ron Cey.
   18. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: October 04, 2022 at 08:57 AM (#6099007)
I don't have an issue with hyphenation, but it seems short-sighted to me. If your kids are Smith-Jones, do they hyphenate when they get married? At some point, it's going to get a little unwieldy for future generations.

Yeah, it doesn't work. Just pick a name, I don't care whose name. Women have long used the maiden name as middle name for professional purposes, which works fine, because it generally only appears on professional documents and electronic files.
   19. Rally Posted: October 04, 2022 at 09:18 AM (#6099009)
The Tigers had Fu-Te Ni -- 2-letter last name, 6 letters total (7 including hyphen).


He was very popular among the Jawas. In Star Wars you can even hear them cheering for him.
   20. Rally Posted: October 04, 2022 at 09:24 AM (#6099011)
I had a baseball card in the 80s that informed me that the shortest names (at that time? ever?) in MLB were Bo Diaz and Ron Cey.


Must have been at the time. Mel Ott would have tied them, and Ed Ott beaten them, but Ed was done after 1981.

These are all nicknames though. Melvin Ott or Edward Ott wouldn’t make it. (Plus Ed was his middle name, first name was Nathan.) But if he go formal, there’s probably someone who beats Ronald Cey and definitely many to beat Baudilio Diaz.
   21. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: October 04, 2022 at 09:30 AM (#6099012)
Sometime next season, the Reds will be calling up Christian Encarnacion-Strand. 18 characters with the hyphen.
   22. DL from MN Posted: October 04, 2022 at 10:05 AM (#6099017)
Sometime next season, the Reds will be calling up Christian Encarnacion-Strand. 18 characters with the hyphen.


This is probably why the Twins traded him. Can't have Encarnacion-Strand and Woods Richardson on the same roster. You'll run out of letters.
   23. Cooper Nielson Posted: October 04, 2022 at 08:28 PM (#6099097)
He was very popular among the Jawas. In Star Wars you can even hear them cheering for him.

Nice, so I'm not the only person who noticed this. Every time I think of the name Fu-Te Ni (which is surprisingly often) I hear it in a Jawa accent.
   24. Cooper Nielson Posted: October 04, 2022 at 08:39 PM (#6099098)
These are all nicknames though. Melvin Ott or Edward Ott wouldn’t make it. (Plus Ed was his middle name, first name was Nathan.) But if he go formal, there’s probably someone who beats Ronald Cey and definitely many to beat Baudilio Diaz.

Yeah, there are lots and lots of guys with 3-letter last names and some of them have 2 or 3-letter first names, but they're nicknames (Jon Jay, CC Lee, Joe Lis, Ed Hug, Joe(y) Jay, Tom Gee...).

Lee May is a "pure" 6-letter name, but he does have a middle name (Andrew).

I wanted to focus on the last names, but I think Fu-Te Ni is the big winner anyway because that name is all he's got.
   25. crict Posted: October 04, 2022 at 09:29 PM (#6099107)
Eric Cyr has 7 total characters, and that's his full name, which ties Fu-Te Ni if you include the hyphen.
   26. Brian White Posted: October 04, 2022 at 11:39 PM (#6099123)
Yeah, there are lots and lots of guys with 3-letter last names and some of them have 2 or 3-letter first names, but they're nicknames (Jon Jay, CC Lee, Joe Lis, Ed Hug, Joe(y) Jay, Tom Gee...).


Ed Hug combined one of the shortest possible names with the shortest possible career. One game, with one PA. It was a walk.
   27. AuntBea odeurs de parfum de distance sociale Posted: October 05, 2022 at 11:52 AM (#6099158)
   28. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: October 05, 2022 at 08:29 PM (#6099272)
Ed Hug combined one of the shortest possible names with the shortest possible career. One game, with one PA. It was a walk.

It wasn't even a full game; it was called after 6 1/2 innings!
   29. jingoist Posted: October 05, 2022 at 11:25 PM (#6099307)
Did EdHug get a hug from management after his single at bat.
Seems the guy at least deserved a hug
   30. Szym Posted: October 06, 2022 at 06:39 AM (#6099319)
Long and short in the Chadwick Register project.

Longest:
Christian Encarnacion-Strand (Reds prospect, recently acquired in Tyler Mahle trade)
Marc-Olivier Mimeault-Jodoin (Indie leaguer about a decade ago)

Shortest:
Ho Go
JC Ng
Li Qi
Su Yi
Un Ho
Xu An

Shortest not in China:
Ed Hug
Jim Na (Expos minor leaguer)
   31. Dolf Lucky Posted: October 06, 2022 at 08:24 AM (#6099323)
Shortest:
Ho Go


Indeed.
   32. Booey Posted: October 06, 2022 at 09:39 AM (#6099333)
Speaking of names, what are your favorite baseball names? Mine are:

Bo Bichette - Cuz Boba Chette was always one of my favorite Star Wars characters. Glad to see he survived the sarlac pit.

Eppa Rixey - Sounds like a 19th century frontier disease that would wipe out half your wagon in the old Oregon Trail game. "Clementine has died of epparixey."
   33. Dolf Lucky Posted: October 06, 2022 at 09:50 AM (#6099335)
I've always enjoyed pitchers that had some sort of descriptive name, related to their position:

Bob Walk
Ted Power
Jack Armstrong

The gold standard in this category is Early Wynn.
   34. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: October 06, 2022 at 09:51 AM (#6099336)
And of course, Grant Balfour.
   35. Cris E Posted: October 06, 2022 at 10:11 AM (#6099339)
I miss the old school first names. The 37 Yankees had Lefty, Red, Bump, Monte, Kemp and Spud in the rotation. That's pretty freaking awesome.
   36. AuntBea odeurs de parfum de distance sociale Posted: October 06, 2022 at 11:28 AM (#6099352)
Glad to see he survived the sarlac pit.

I'm not. The new Boba Fett show is absolute garbage--the worst of all the new star wars movies and spinoffs by a decent margin (which is saying something). Dude would be better off dead.
   37. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: October 06, 2022 at 12:12 PM (#6099354)
I've always enjoyed pitchers that had some sort of descriptive name

Urban Shocker
   38. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: October 06, 2022 at 01:06 PM (#6099361)
U Nu was Prime Minister to Ba U most of the time between 1948 and 1958 in Burma.
   39. SoSH U at work Posted: October 06, 2022 at 01:06 PM (#6099362)
Urban Shocker


If I ever get around to starting up that Nu Metal band I've always dreamed of fronting, I'm calling it Suburban Shocker.
   40. Cooper Nielson Posted: October 09, 2022 at 10:12 AM (#6100118)
And of course, Grant Balfour.

And good ol' Homer Bailey (who was actually reasonably good at preventing HR).

Josh Outman was a good name for a pitcher.

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