Mike Stanton Changes Name: 5 Current and 1 Past Athlete Who Changed Their Names

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Mike Stanton Changes Name: 5 Current and 1 Past Athlete Who Changed Their Names
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Say hello to the Miami Marlins newest addition, Giancarlo Stanton. No, they didn't sign anyone, and no, they didn't promote anyone either. The addition isn't so much an addition, rather, it is a name change. 

Mike Stanton has wanted to change his name ever since he made the big league club. Legally, his name is Giancarlo Cruz-Mike Stanton, the Mike coming as a result of educators having difficulty pronouncing his name. 

I applaud Stanton for wanting to go back to his birth name, in fact, it's a welcome change from the rash of name changes from other athletes who wanted to establish different identities, some for profit, others for... well... other less known reasons. 

Needless to say, this is a slideshow that pays homage to those athletes who felt the need to confuse people by changing their names. 

Here is that list. 

(note: Nicknames do not count. Either the first name or the last is legally changed, so Larry "Chipper" Jones doesn't count.) 

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