Fantasy Baseball 2013: Picking the Web's Most Creative Team Names
I had to smile when I was searching around the Internet because people get pretty creative when they name their fantasy baseball teams. I thought it might be fun to put together a list of some of my favorites.
I am convinced that in some bizarre way, naming fantasy baseball teams is kind of an art form, and I wish I was better at it.
In case you were wondering what my team name is before we get started, I went with “Schmoll but Deadly.” I didn’t even make that one up; some of my friends came up with that a few years ago. Oh well, I guess imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
There are so many great names on the Internet that I could not possibly name them all, but here are some other ones I liked even though they did not make my top 10.
Sherlock Gomes (Fantasy Baseball Names)
Keepin' It Villarreal (theframjak's Hub Page)
Hannibal Lester (Athlon Sports)
The Kemp-ire Strikes Back (David Gonos)
Grand Theft Votto (Fanduel)
10. Yu Da Man
With the name like Yu, there are obviously a variety of ways that you can create great nicknames. I found this name on Athlon Sports as part of a much larger list, but it was a good one.
The next slide that I put on this list can also be modified to feature Yu, but I went with an alternative so that I would not get overloaded with Darvish names. That would be far too easy.
9. Choo Can't Touch This
Shin-Soo Choo made headlines this winter when he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds, but it took a while for the Cleveland Indians to find the right deal for him. Since his name has been floating around in rumors for a while, he seemed almost untouchable.
Fantasy Baseball Names posted this one, and I made the executive decision to make sure that MC Hammer was appropriately represented in the slideshow.
8. Stanton Room Only
This really was not the most creative name that came out of MLB Fan Cave, but I loved the irony.
Giancarlo Stanton will not be playing in front of any crowd that is standing room only all season. I guess there is a chance of that when the Marlins travel out of town, but I still think that is somewhat sad yet ironic.
7. Laird of the Rings
I admit it. I might be a sportswriter at heart, but I am also a Tolkien addict. When the people at Fantasy Baseball Names were able to combine two of my favorite pastimes, I decided that this needed some type of recognition.
I don’t normally have a lot of reason to write about backup catchers, but he was the one name to rule them all…
6. It's Mauer Never
This name is an accurate representation of everything about this game. Fantasy baseball is a series of decisions that you need to make in the moment. Therefore, you either make them now or it might not ever happen. Those decisions can influence your entire season.
It was a great name, Joe Mauer is a great catcher and I was happy I found it on the MLB Fan Cave website.
5. Angels in the Troutfield
Names inspired by one of my favorite childhood movies are always great. I have to admit that if this movie is on TV, I still have to stop and watch it. When you combine that with the fact that Mike Trout literally plays for the Angels, this name is consistent and all-around excellent.
I never thought that I would pull fantasy baseball team names from MTV, but I couldn’t resist this one.
4. The Jurickson Five
Well, if you are like me, you saw this slide, went to YouTube and found a playlist something like this. Maybe you are nostalgic for the past, or maybe you are truly a dedicated fan of Motown. Either way, enjoy it.
Okay, well, even if you are not like me, you have to love a team name that features one of the brightest lights of baseball’s future. I found this name on Fantasy Baseball Crackerjacks.
3. The Scioscial Network
As you may expect, since I write here on Bleacher Report and enjoy new media, this one immediately jumped out at me.
I also thought that this one was somewhat appropriate because when you play fantasy baseball, you put on your Mike Scioscia manager hat to take your team to the championship. The credit for this name goes out to Athlon Sports.
2. Ethier Said Than Dunn
It is kind of interesting to put together a rising star with one of the most powerful hitters in baseball when he connects. I am not sure that I have ever thought of these two players in the same sentence before.
This name was pulled from Athlon Sports, and I have to admit that during some of my tougher fantasy seasons, this name would have certainly applied to my teams.
1. Carry on My Heyward Son
When you combine a Kansas classic with the name of one of the few five-tool players in Major League Baseball, you have naming success in my opinion.
I found this one on Fantasy Baseball Team Names, and this entire article has inspired me to get more creative next year. Obviously, if you have a great name that I missed, put it in the comments below!
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