It's the annual Tom, Dick and Harry update. What do you think is the most common first name in the Major Leagues?
HInt: It's not Asdrubel. Like Jeep, there's only one. There's also only one Yuniesky and one Gorkys, but two Melkys.
I checked the 40-man rosters of all 30 teams. That's 1200 players.
Initials: 19 use initials. Three AJ's: Burnett, Ellis, Pierzinski. Three DJ's: Carrasco, LeMathieu, Mitchell. Two JC's: Ramirez and Romero. Two JJ's: Hardy and Putz. Two JP's: Arencibia and Howell. Plus BJ Upton, CC Sabathia, CJ Wilson, JA Happ, JB Shuck, JD Martinez and RA Dickey. (Fortunately, JD Drew retired.)
The five most common first names...
#5: Zack or Zach: Braddock, Britton, Cox, Cozart, Grienke, Lutz, McAllister, Phillips, Putnam, Stewart.
#'s 4,3 and 2 all start with J, but none are Jose.
#4: Justin. We have DeFratus, Masterson, Miller, Morneau, Sellers, Smoak, Thomas, Turner, Upton, Verlander and Wilson.
#3: Jason. There's Bay, Berken, Bourgeois, Castro, Donald, Giambi, Grilli, Hammel, Heyward, Insrighausen, Kipnis, Kubel, Marquis, Vargas, Werth (okay, he spells it with a y).
#2: Josh: Beckett, Bell, Collmeter, Donaldson, Hamilton, Harrison, Johnson, Lindbloom, Lueke, Outman, Reddick, Roenicke, Satin, Spence, Thole, Tomlin, Wall, Willingham.
and the #1 most common name....
Ryan: Adams, Braun, Cook, Dempster, Doumit, Flaherty, Hanigan, Howard, Kalish, Lavarnway, Ludwick, Madson, Matteus, Perry, Raburn, Roberts, Sweeney, Theriot, Verdugo, Vogelsong, Webb, Zimmerman.
Don: Only one. Don Kelley of the Tigers. Great name, even if he's missing the second E in Kelley.
Tom: Three. Gorzelanny, Koehler, Wilhelmsen. Plus three Tommy's: Hanson, Hunter and Field.
Still no Dick and no Harry.
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