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12/12/2012 2:39 PM
What’s in a Name League
The WIS database is full of players who have off-the-wall names. This league is going to celebrate those rare names and determine which category of names is the best all time. When you sign up, choose a name category below to build your team from – I will take the last category left. You must follow the Named Rules (listed below) and the rules for the Name Category you choose (next post).
Warning: some will be more difficult than others, but all will be fun! When all teams are claimed, simply post or smail me your roster for verification and I’ll send the league number out.
Named Rules:
·         Cap - $80 million – should level the playing field between the no-names and good names.
·         AAA – None – Don’t need fictitious names
·         WW/Trades – Nope, you must stick by your names
·         Alignment – Standard 24 team is the name of the game
·         Realignment – Random names…random alignment
·         DH – No one shall be named DH
·         Clones – Each player name on your team is named his own person, so no clones
·         Namesake: Names must be exact as found in the WIS database (no nicknames)
·         Stadium Names – Choose any stadium with a real name (no WIS park)
·         Name Variety: No more than 2 of the same first or last name may be used on the same team in any category (see exceptions for certain categories).
3/11/2013 9:35 AM (edited)
Name Categories:

Italics categories have been taken...only one category per owner
 
1.       Biblical Names – You are commanded to find 25 last names that are biblical in nature. Babe Ruth and Von Joshua are a good Genesis.
2.       Animal Names – Old McDonald’s Farm would be a good name for a team full of guys like Doggie Miller and Catfish Hunter.
3.       On the Map – People name all sorts of places including states, countries and rivers. Orlando (FL) Hudson (River) counts twice (sorry no clones) and don’t be afraid to use Woody English (Channel) or other locations.
4.       First Name Last Names – I always mix these guys up when searching, because guys like Ethan Allen and Tommy John and all others on your team will have 2 first names.
5.       I’ll take a vowel First Name edition – These guys have some strange names because they both start and end with a vowel. Note, Y is not a vowel in this instance, so Ozzie Smith and Armando Benitez work but Andy Van Slyke would not.
6.       I’ll take a vowel Last Name edition - These guys have some strange names because they both start and end with a vowel. Note, Y is not a vowel in this instance, so Bronson Arroyo and Jim O’Rourke count, but Dennis Eckersley would not
7.       The First shall be Last – There’s a beginning and an end to everything…in this case, your players names. Each player your choose must have the first letter of their first name match the last letter of their last name such as is the case with players like Roger Connor or Eric Gagne.
8.       2 the letter – This category is brought to you by the number 2…as in the players first or last name must be exactly 2 letters long like Cy Young or Ty Cobb. (No initials don’t count, they have a category all their own).
9.       A Team Named Sue – Well, maybe not quite as bad as the famous Johnny Cash song, but no one would be able to tell your team’s gender from the box score when you put together a roster of first names like Kelly Gruber and Pat Dobson.
10.   The All “Man”ly Team – Your team will have a unique combination of all sorts on manly names when you choose last names with “man” at the end. Vince ColeMAN and Trevor HoffMAN are prime manly examples.
11.   More than a mouthful – Your manager will have a nightmare with this lineup card as your team will have 25 names with 10 or more letters in their first or last names like Cy Falkenberg or Red Schoendienst.
12.   Initial Here – Who knows what their first name may be, because they don’t use it. Honor J.T. Snow, C.J. Wilson and others with this category.
13.   Get a job – First or last names often were taken from historical or modern professions, so guys like Farmer Weaver and Scott Baker will be proud to play baseball for your team (NOTE: Smith will not qualify for this category since it’s a shortened job name).
14.   So Colorful: First Name edition – How many colors are in your team names? Enjoy your squad of colorful first names such as Red Ruffing and Whitey Kurowski. (Note: Due to lack of players, you can use 3 of each first name for this category).
15.   So Colorful: Last Name edition - How many colors are in your team names? Enjoy your squad of colorful last names such as Lu Blue and Bud Black
16.   Seniors and Juniors are the head of the class – All players on your team must have Sr. or Jr. in their last name such as Ken Griffey, Sr. or Tony Armas, Jr. (use www.baseballreference.com as a guide)
17.   O’Brothers – The Irish will be smiling on you when you select your team of O’s such as Lefty O’Doul or Darren O’Day.
18.   That’s not my REAL name – Many nicknames have stuck to the point that the nickname has become the player. Guys like Oil Can Boyd and Happy Felsch will transcend their real names on your team.
19.   All about alliteration – Pick players with alliterative appellations and build baseball the proper poet’s way. Each of your players picked must have their first and last name start with the same letter such as Mickey Mantle or Ugueth Urbina. (NOTE: There are no II, QQ or XX players, so you can drop one of these letter combinations and choose 2 players total with an I/Q/X last name instead. You can only use each letter once in this category).
20.   Sons of “sons” – Everyone in the league is a son of someone, but your team must have “Son” in each players last name such as John Clarkson or Riggs Stephenson (NOTE: Only 1 last name per player may be used for this category).
21.   MC of your team – Which spokesman will you choose with Mc starting their last names? Will it be Mark McGwire or Jack McDowell leading your team? (NOTE: Only 1 last name per player may be used in this category)
22.   Double your pleasure First Name edition – All players must have an instance of back to back letters in their first name such as Johnny Bench or Dennis Eckersley (NOTE: Only 1 first name per player may be used in this category).
23.   Double your pleasure Last Name edition – All players must have an instance of back to back letters in their last name such as Hank Aaron or David Aardsma (NOTE: Only 1 last name per player may be used in this category).
24.   Unique Names – There are certain individuals who are unique in life…and your team will celebrate the most unique names in baseball…as in they only have 1 instance of their first and last name in the WIS database such as Jacoby Ellsbury or Addie Joss.
3/11/2013 9:35 AM (edited)
Owners
1. frazzman80 - Initial Here
2.  dodgebob - All About Alliteration
3. swtbc - All "Man"ly Team
4. dodgebob - Animal Names
5. specsman - So Colorful - Last Name Edition
6. Got_Worms - First Name Last Names
7. newarkwilder - "That's Not My Real Name"
8. jfranco77 - I'll Take a Vowel, First Name Edition
9. richabbs - 2 the Letter
10. shatjc - More than a Mouthful
11. dlchow - Double your pleasure-last name edition
12. dweezil - Double your pleasure-first name edition
13. reddtrain - On the Map
14. dcmatcheck - A Team name Sue
15. dewelch71 - Seniors and Juniors are the Head of the Class
16. Professorjon - Get a Job
17. Rattlers - Bible Names
18. Bribar - Sons of sons
19. zephyr1949 - MC of your Team
20. marlowe - The First Shall be Last
21. dlchow - I'll take a vowel Last Name edition
22. txelvis - O'Brothers
23. eman7400 - Unique Names
24. frazzman80 - So Colorful...First Name Edition

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12/15/2012 10:22 PM (edited)
Since "Christmas Day" is on the 25th, ---thought it good to also offer
another favorite, ---call it the 25th team-theme, if you wish to...

The   'A L L - T I M E'
H O M E   T E A M

Tom LAMP... Phil ROOF... Lee WALLS... Johnny BENCH...
Mickey MANTLE... Matt STAIRS... Johnny COUCH... Bobby DOERR...
Chuck KNOBLAUCH... Jimmy KEY... Homer BUSH... Phil PLANTIER...
Ron LeFLORE... Dick HALL... Ben SHEETS...

NOTE >>> ... Fire danger (during the Holiday Season)
is minimal in homes made of a wide variety of STONE,
   like Ron, Steve, George, John, Jeff, Dean, & Dwight...

However, careful installation of electrical lighting in
a home made of simply Wilbur WOOD, can prevent
any home from becoming Smokey Joe WOOD...



Of course this was all just for fun & laffs...
--->>> Happy Holidays to all here @ W i S !!!
12/12/2012 5:08 PM
Glad I could help spread the Christmas cheer...even if it's not one of the named themes...
12/12/2012 7:02 PM
For the son of sons category we can't use more than one player with the last name Jackson or Henderson?
12/12/2012 11:53 PM
Posted by Got_Worms on 12/12/2012 7:02:00 PM (view original):
For the son of sons category we can't use more than one player with the last name Jackson or Henderson?
That would be correct. You get one single Jackson and one single Henderson...there are lots of sons to choose from.
12/13/2012 12:01 AM
I'm in with All About Alliteration.
12/13/2012 10:01 AM
Great to have you lesnords...I see sweet surnames soon.
12/14/2012 1:14 AM
I'll go with the #16 Sr's and Jr's and see what I can make of it ! 
12/14/2012 1:34 AM
Posted by swtbc on 12/14/2012 1:14:00 AM (view original):
I'll go with the #16 Sr's and Jr's and see what I can make of it ! 
That's a good choice!  Would Tony Gwynn & Tim Raines be eligible even though Sr doesn't show in their name in WIS database?
12/14/2012 1:36 AM
I haven't looked at an entire roster but the Colorful teams could be combined & think of a 3rd category.  I'll put my WIS hat on!
12/14/2012 2:24 AM
Posted by frazzman80 on 12/13/2012 10:01:00 AM (view original):
Name Categories:

Completely Bolded categories have been taken...
 
1.       Biblical Names – You are commanded to find 25 last names that are biblical in nature. Babe Ruth and Von Joshua are a good Genesis.
2.       Animal Names – Old McDonald’s Farm would be a good name for a team full of guys like Doggie Miller and Catfish Hunter.
3.       On the Map – People name all sorts of places including states, countries and rivers. Orlando (FL) Hudson (River) counts twice (sorry no clones) and don’t be afraid to use Woody English (Channel) or other locations.
4.       First Name Last Names – I always mix these guys up when searching, because guys like Ethan Allen and Tommy John and all others on your team will have 2 first names.
5.       I’ll take a vowel First Name edition – These guys have some strange names because they both start and end with a vowel. Note, Y is not a vowel in this instance, so Ozzie Smith and Armando Benitez work but Andy Van Slyke would not.
6.       I’ll take a vowel Last Name edition - These guys have some strange names because they both start and end with a vowel. Note, Y is not a vowel in this instance, so Bronson Arroyo and Jim O’Rourke count, but Dennis Eckersley would not
7.       The First shall be Last – There’s a beginning and an end to everything…in this case, your players names. Each player your choose must have the first letter of their first name match the last letter of their last name such as is the case with players like Roger Connor or Eric Gagne.
8.       2 the letter – This category is brought to you by the number 2…as in the players first or last name must be exactly 2 letters long like Cy Young or Ty Cobb. (No initials don’t count, they have a category all their own).
9.       A Team Named Sue – Well, maybe not quite as bad as the famous Johnny Cash song, but no one would be able to tell your team’s gender from the box score when you put together a roster of first names like Kelly Gruber and Pat Dobson.
10.   The All “Man”ly Team – Your team will have a unique combination of all sorts on manly names when you choose last names with “man” at the end. Vince ColeMAN and Trevor HoffMAN are prime manly examples.
11.   More than a mouthful – Your manager will have a nightmare with this lineup card as your team will have 25 names with 10 or more letters in their first or last names like Cy Falkenberg or Red Schoendienst.
12.   Initial Here – Who knows what their first name may be, because they don’t use it. Honor J.T. Snow, C.J. Wilson and others with this category.
13.   Get a job – First or last names often were taken from historical or modern professions, so guys like Farmer Weaver and Scott Baker will be proud to play baseball for your team (NOTE: Smith will not qualify for this category since it’s a shortened job name).
14.   So Colorful: First Name edition – How many colors are in your team names? Enjoy your squad of colorful first names such as Red Ruffing and Whitey Kurowski
15.   So Colorful: Last Name edition - How many colors are in your team names? Enjoy your squad of colorful last names such as Lu Blue and Bud Black
16.   Seniors and Juniors are the head of the class – All players on your team must have Sr. or Jr. in their last name such as Ken Griffey, Sr. or Tony Armas, Jr.
17.   O’Brothers – The Irish will be smiling on you when you select your team of O’s such as Lefty O’Doul or Darren O’Day.
18.   That’s not my REAL name – Many nicknames have stuck to the point that the nickname has become the player. Guys like Oil Can Boyd and Happy Felsch will transcend their real names on your team.
19.   All about alliteration – Pick players with alliterative appellations and build baseball the proper poet’s way. Each of your players picked must have their first and last name start with the same letter such as Mickey Mantle or Ugueth Urbina. (NOTE: There are no II, QQ or XX players, so you can drop one of these letter combinations and choose 2 players total with an I/Q/X last name instead. You can only use each letter once in this category).
20.   Sons of “sons” – Everyone in the league is a son of someone, but your team must have “Son” in each players last name such as John Clarkson or Riggs Stephenson (NOTE: Only 1 last name per player may be used for this category).
21.   MC of your team – Which spokesman will you choose with Mc starting their last names? Will it be Mark McGwire or Jack McDowell leading your team? (NOTE: Only 1 last name per player may be used in this category)
22.   Double your pleasure First Name edition – All players must have an instance of back to back letters in their first name such as Johnny Bench or Dennis Eckersley (NOTE: Only 1 first name per player may be used in this category).
23.   Double your pleasure Last Name edition – All players must have an instance of back to back letters in their last name such as Hank Aaron or David Aardsma (NOTE: Only 1 last name per player may be used in this category).
24.   Unique Names – There are certain individuals who are unique in life…and your team will celebrate the most unique names in baseball…as in they only have 1 instance of their first and last name in the WIS database such as Jacoby Ellsbury or Addie Joss.
"Completely Bolded categories have been taken..."

Do this the opposite way.  It is much easier to see available teams & put a space between each # & it'll look great!
12/14/2012 2:29 AM
I'm not sure the initial team would be real competitive either...
12/14/2012 7:59 AM
Color was rough. I started playing around with it first as a last name. I was able to put together a decent team, but I liked the Jr's better.
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