With all of the focus recently on New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and his successful quest to join the 3,000 hit club on July 9, one glaring detail was thrown out in various publications and online websites again and again—Jeter’s nickname, “The Captain.”
First off, let me start by saying that Jeter’s accomplishment, and the way he achieved that accomplishment—becoming only the second player to reach the 3,000 hit plateau via a home run and only the second player in history to record a 5-for-5 day in reaching and surpassing 3,000 hits—is no doubt an incredible achievement and one that should be applauded by all true fans of baseball.
But that nickname—“The Captain”—what brilliant mind thought up that one?
We will delve into the issue of Jeter’s nickname further in this slide show presentation, as Bleacher Report takes a look at 20 nicknames for players in MLB history that are just downright annoying, and in some cases, are actually offensive and stereotypical.
The list is in no particular order, and we invite your comments regarding this list as well as what you think are annoying nicknames as well.
Doug Mead is a featured columnist with Bleacher Report. His work has been featured on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, SF Gate, CBS Sports, the Los Angeles Times and the Houston Chronicle. Follow Doug on Twitter, @Sports_A_Holic.