How Well Do You Know Your Nuts?
Approaching the Lansing Lugnuts' 25th season, the Lugnuts have tangled with some of the best that the Midwest League has had to offer, from Mike Trout to Clayton Kershaw, and from Fernando Tatis Jr. to Wander Franco. They've also had to deal with some of the best names that the
Approaching the Lansing Lugnuts' 25th season, the Lugnuts have tangled with some of the best that the Midwest League has had to offer, from
How well did you know your Lansing Lugnuts names?
Check out the answers below...
The Lugnuts have had some thunderous nicknames over the years, including several repeat monikers. Which of the following Nuts was not nicknamed "Boomer"?
Rhame Berley Cannon's real nickname was "Chip." Chip Cannon is a great name.
The biggest crowds in the Midwest League come to Cooley Law School Stadium every 4th of July... and one player over the years had a patriotic name to match. Which of the following was the real name of a Nut?
He didn't go by Francis, though. He went by Scott Key, much more of a baseball name.
Y? Because! Which of the following Y quartets isn't made up of real Lansing Lugnuts first names?
1st row - Yorkin Ferreras, Yban Esterlin, Yeyfry Del Rosario, Yonardo Herdenez
2nd row - Yorman Mayora / Yorman Rodriguez, Yennsy Diaz, Yeltsin Gudino, Yuber Rodriguez
Jake Thomas drew 40 walks in 37 games in 2017 before he was promoted to Dunedin. Back home in New York, however, everyone called him by his middle name rather than Jake, his first name. Why wasn't he called by his middle name in Lansing?
It's true: His name's Jake Gunnar Thomas, but Gunnar was already taken so he had to reluctantly go by Jake.
2019 Post-Season All-Star closer Cre Finfrock's given first name, pronounced "cree," is shortened from Finfrock's namesake, a relative on his father's side. What was his namesake's full first name?
It's his father's great-great-uncle. According to Cre, there have been a number of different descendants through the years who've been named after him. It's a proud family tradition.
First baseman Rowdy Tellez, a Lugnuts All-Star in 2015, is now in the Major Leagues with the Blue Jays. Rowdy's given first name, though, is Ryan. Why was he nicknamed Rowdy?
Yes, Rowdy was given his nickname before he was even born. Check it out.
Which of the following Minor League Baseball cities was also the name of a Lugnuts player?
Modesto Villarreal pitched in 15 games for the Lugnuts back in the inaugural 1996 season.
Food time! Which of the following choices is not the name of a Lugnuts player?
Gary "Mr." Coffee played for the Lugnuts in both 1996 and 1998. Pitcher Rocky Cherry, his given name, made it to the Major Leagues for 40 appearances between 2007 and 2008. But nope, no Dalton Casserole.
The Lugnuts have featured some tough names to pronounce over the years. Which one of the following pronunciations is completely and totally wrong?
The first letter in Rzepczynski is entirely silent. Zep-CHIN-ski is the proper pronunciation for the Major League southpaw, who pitched for the Lugnuts in 2008.
Only one Lugnut has ever shared his name with a hit show. Who was it?
When Knight played for the Lugnuts in 2017, host Shawn Parr was delighted to come out to Bowling Green Ballpark to meet him.
Two of the following lists include all Lugnuts first names. Can spot the one that includes only last names?
1st row - Nate Abel, Josh Lex, Gustavo Pierre, Jordan Timm
2nd row - Adaric Kelly, Ferenc Jongejan, Reidier Gonzalez, Uriak Marquez
3rd row - Jandin Thornton-Murray, Kramer Champlin, Mattingly Romanin, Welinton Ramirez
When you have over 800 players, chances are you'll have a few variations in last names. Which of the trio of names below were real Lugnuts surnames?
Kevin Nolan (2010-2011), Walt Nolen (2004), Sean Nolin (2011)
The 2011 Lansing Lugnuts had some terrific nicknames. Which one of the following was not one of them?
Lance Durham's broken bat is still used in the home broadcast booth to hold up the window.
Why did 2013 Lugnuts standout closer Andrew Sikula go by his middle name of Arik rather than his first name?
Just like George Foreman.
Let's finish with initials. Which of the following pairs has something wrong with it?
Every other name is perfect... except for KC Hobson, whose initials stand for Kristopher Clell Hobson. His father, Butch, a former Major League player and manager, named KC after himself. Butch's first name is Clell.
0-2 right: (Richard) Boring
3-6 right: (Aaron) Attaway
7-10 right: (Carl) Wise
11-14 right: Star(lyn Suriel)
And if you get all 15? As far as we're concerned, you're on the same level as the Great Balbino Fuenmayor, and that's high praise indeed.
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