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It's the End of Fantasy Team Names as We Know Them

By Al Melchior | Data Analyst

Well, R.J. White beat me to the punch with the first blog post about Fantasy Baseball team names that honor one of the roster's members (and he did so with authority). But a couple of weeks ago, I solicited names inspired by songs by R.E.M., my favorite band, to add to my own growing list. Rather than just have this list rot somewhere in the deep recesses of my hard drive, I'll reveal it here. (R.E.M. album pun not intended, well okay, maybe it was.)

Most of these were on my original list, but some were sent by podcast listeners via Twitter and email, and some overlapped both. My apologies to those whose team names are included but not credited here, as I've lost track of the tweets and emails in which they were submitted. If you recognize yours, please let me know, and I'll provide a well-earned shoutout.

Andrew McCutchen - Cutch with Eyeliner
Robinson Cano - Leaving New York
Archie Bradley - All the Way to Reno (You're Gonna Be a Star)
Curtis Granderson - Feeling Grandy's Pull
Josh Fields - West of the Fields
Brett Gardner - Gardner at Night
Dan Haren - Disturbance at the Haren House
Yu Darvish - Ages of Yu
Kyle Lohse - Lohsing My Religion
J.A. Happ - Shiny Happy People
Mark Teixeira - Teixarkana
Michael Wacha - Wacha Unafraid
Drew Smyly - Why Not Smyly
Everth Cabrera - What's the Frequency Everth
Tim Lincecum - What's the Freak-quency Kenneth
Billy Butler - Country Breakfast Feedback
Brandon Nimmo - Nimmo the Letter
Stephen Fife - Imitation of Fife
Blake Beavan - Near Wild Beavan

Now I can put this project to rest, though I still have a few teams left to name...

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