Tuesday, June 1, 2021

A-Z: Everyone else is doing it, so why can't I?

Taking my title from the wonderful debut album by The Cranberries, I decided to see if I knew any other baseball players who aren't named Darryl Strawberry or John Kruk. Turns out that I recall at least 24 others. This is is response to The Diamond King's A-Z challenge.  

Most of these will be players I liked growing up. If I go super-vintage era then it's because no one else with that surname, that I can think of, was a better selection. I think favorite player should mostly be a player you've seen play. But some guys, like Roberto Clemente, eclipse that thinking. 

So, without further adieu...

A: Jim Abbott

B: George Brett

C: Roberto Clemente

D: Andre Dawson

E: Mike Easler

F: Terry Francona

G: Dwight Gooden

H: Ryan Howard

I: Pete Incaviglia

J: Wally Joyner

K: John Kruk

L: Barry Larkin

M: Andrew McCutchen

N: Trot Nixon? Maybe?

O: Pete O'Brien

P: Tony Pena

Q: Dan Quisenberry

R: Nolan Ryan

S: Darryl Strawberry

runner up: Ryne Sandberg

T: Trea Turner

U: Bob Uecker

V: Joey Votto

W: Tim Wallach

X: Eillen Xxof

Y: Robin Yount

Z: Gus Zernial (because of his 1952 Topps baseball card)



10 comments:

  1. Awesome!! Love the Easler, Pena and Gooden picks especially.

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    1. Some of those letters were tough. I don't own any Uecker cards so just picked '66 as I love the set design.

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  3. We only matched on Quisenberry. Close on Sandberg though.

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  4. Love the Pena pick! Totally forgot about him. He still wouldn't top Puckett for me... but he's not far behind.

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    1. I was really into the Pirates until Darryl Strawberry came on to the scene. That Pena card, back in 83, when with me everywhere.

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  5. Really like some of your picks like Mike Easler, Abbott and Euker. Good job. These aren't that easy.

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