White Sox infielder changes his name, becomes baseball's first 'Yolmer'
Which one? Hint: He's competing for a utility infielder job
Not since Kendry Morales became Kendrys Morales and Keith Hernandez became Julian L’Fondue has baseball been this shaken by a name change.
Since his full name is indeed Yolmer Carlos Javier Sanchez Yanez, the choice makes a bit of sense. Also, regard these deets from Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune:
But he liked the idea of taking his first name, one he feels is unique. A search of the name Yolmer on the statistics site baseball-reference.com brings up only Sanchez.
You gotta #respect that. A search for “Carlos Sanchez” brings up only the baseball-ist question among major-leaguers. There are, however, 12 minor-leaguers who go by that particular appellation. So, yes, “Yolmer” is far more exclusive.
In any event, the freshly minted Yolmer is heading into his age-25 season, and this spring he’ll working to crack the roster as a utility infielder.