The All “Aquatic Animal Name” Starting Lineup

September 27th, 2013 by I Love Nerd York City

At Fenway Park this Sunday, something magical happened.  No, not the Mariano Rivera tribute.  A discussion took place in which my friends and I wondered if we could fill out a lineup card using only guys with last names that somehow involved a type of fish, or other marine animal.

Never one to turn down a little pointless baseball-related research, I now present you with your all marine-animal starting lineup…

Ground Rules:
1) No repeating names.  Sorry Chico SalmonCherokee Fisher, and all the other Trouts, Fishers, etc.  You guys had awesome names, but couldn’t crack the starting lineup.
2) No aquatic animal nicknames.  Sorry.  Catfish Hunter doesn’t count, and neither does “Oyster” Burns…though I’ll be honest.  That one was tough to pass up.
3) When deciding between players with the same last name, positional scarcity was given first consideration.  Then career accomplishments.  Player position needs to be listed on www.baseball-reference.com page.

The All Aquatic Animal Name Starting Lineup

Catcher: John Bass
Mr. Bass played in 25 games between 1871, 1872, and 1877 for the Cleveland Forest Citys, the Brooklyn Atlantics, and the Hartford Dark Blues.

1B: Lefty Herring
Mr. Herring played in two seasons for the Washington Senators: 1899 and 1904.  In 1899, he was the 3rd youngest player in the NL.

2B: Johnny Ray
Mr. Ray played from 1981-1990 for the Pirates and the Angels.  He finished 2nd in rookie-of-the-year voting in 1982, and was an All-Star in 1988.

3B: Charles G. Fish
Mr. Fisher/Fish played 11 games in 1884 for the Kansas City Cowboys and a team listed as “Chicago/Pittsburgh.”  This is by far most amazing profile picture that I’ve ever seen on baseball-reference.

SS: Lip Pike
Mr. Pike played in 425 games in 10 seasons between 1871 and 1887 (also a Hartford Dark Blues alum).  He had a career OPS+ of 158.

LF: Mike Carp
Mr. Carp currently plays for the Boston Red Sox, and was the inspiration for this exercise.

CF: Mike Trout
Mr. Trout is good at baseball.

RF: Tim Salmon
Mr. Salmon played for the Angels from 1992-2006.  He won the rookie of the year award in 1993, and finished in the top-10 in MVP voting twice.

P: Harry EellsBill Whaley, and Roy Crabb
In 1906, Mr. Eells pitched in 86 innings, and had the 2nd most wild pitches in the AL.

There you go.  Who’d I miss?

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2 Responses to “The All “Aquatic Animal Name” Starting Lineup”

  1. Nicely done. You might want to round out the pitching staff with Art Herring; and Bobby Sturgeon could slot in as a defensive replacement.

  2. Jim says:

    Love the idea! Preacher Roe needs to join your pitching staff (22-3 for the Dodgers in 1951!), and Travis Fryman was a multiple all-star at 3B in the 90s (“fry” are recently hatched baby fish).

    And you have to find a role for Leech Maskrey, who played LF for Louisville from 1882-1886. Leech actually was his middle name, not a nickname, so he’s eligible. Maybe he can be your team’s manager – he never managed in the majors, but he did work as a manager in the minors and in England.

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