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Happy Halloween!

Posted by Andy on October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween to those of you celebrating today.

Some associations:

Orange and black

Candy

Ghost

Trick or treat

Witch

Broom

Cat

Mask

Fog

Fear

Boo!

and, of course, everybody's favorite:

Young, Frank, and Stynes (Reds' starting outfield)

I'm sure you can come up with some more, right?

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70 Responses to “Happy Halloween!”

  1. Adam Penale Says:

    Spook Jacobs

  2. I have heart trouble, that's one of the reasons I'm able to take my pants off at a ballpark, theater, or passenger jet.

  3. Scary, indeed, Timmy. Way to get into the spirit.

  4. Weird bobble-head dolls looking a lot like Chuckie.

  5. Don Mossi rookie year 1.94 ERA and 6-1 his loss a typical 10.1 IP 1 ERA 4 hit GSC 84 . What great nicknames ears or sphinx followed it up in 1955 by having a 0.33 ERA in first 15 relief appearances 27 IP 1 ER 3 BS his runs/ER 7-1. What a scary presence on the mound of just turned dirt.

  6. I was sure that the link for Boo was headed here: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/ferrida01.shtml

  7. That "Young, Frank, and Stynes" is probably the most amazing thing I have seen in my life.

  8. Ossie Guillen inks 15 year deal with Fox - He will be sending steal and bunt signs to both teams on nationally televised games from a specially constructed bomb-proof shelter next to the 3rd base dugout. He will also conduct extensive post-game interviews. In an apparently unrelated move, MLB appoints Bud (Mugabe) Selig as Commissioner-for-life.

  9. Frank Clingenpeel Says:

    How 'bout Spooks Gerber and HOFer Candy Cummings?

  10. @10

    Or Babe(y) Ruth. Or Reggie!.

  11. Would ya believe ... Goose Goblin?

  12. I hope the "boo" link made a few of you chuckle.

  13. Creepy Crespi
    George Gore
    Danny Graves

  14. John Lackey, Adam Dunn, AJ Burnett????

  15. Good stuff at both 16 and 17.

  16. @John A: Thanks for reminding me about Creepy Crespi - I just renewed my sponsorship of his page, which I originally did because I thought he had a cool name. But Goose Goblin - weak!

  17. Anyone have a Don Mossi mask?

  18. Richard Chester Says:

    Boo Ferriss

  19. Kahuna Tuna Says:

    One player who proves that baseball was scarier during World War II.

  20. Dr Jeter and Dick Hyde.

  21. Ghostly, but not scary.

    Jerry Adair, aka Casper the Friendly Ghost.

  22. What the bleep's up with linking Boo! to Selig? Johnny LeMaster would like a word with you, Andy!

  23. Don't forget the scariest of the "Halloween" LOOGYs, Michael Myers.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/myersmi01.shtml

  24. oneblankspace Says:

    Only one minor leaguer with no stats available by the name of

    Hal Owens.

  25. I seem to remember hearing or reading that Richie Hebner worked as a gravedigger during the offseason.

  26. Joey Bautista, a.k.a. Joey Bats!

  27. 'Blue Moon' Odom
    'Death to Flying Things' Ferguson
    'Cactus' Gavvy Cravath
    'Peek-a-Boo' Veach
    'Spooks' Gerber

  28. Spider Clark
    Brandon Webb

  29. Alvin Dark
    Wally Moon

  30. Negro Leagues superstar Willie "Devil" Wells

  31. Carl Demonte Crawford

  32. Minor-leaguers William Tomb and Douglas Spector

  33. Juan Gonzalez, a.k.a. Igor
    (pronounced "Eye-gore")

  34. ... and of course, the new greatest player in the game, Mike Napoli -- born 30 years ago today.

  35. bluejaysstatsgeek Says:

    @17,

    Let's do an entire roster! How'd you like to manage this group of 2011 players?

    C Drew Butera (24)
    1B Aubrey Huff (90)
    2B Mark Ellis (82)
    3B Chone Figgins (39)
    SS Derek Jeter (97)
    RF JD Drew (68) or Jason Werth (97) - You choose
    CF Alex Rios (65)
    LF Vernon Wells (83)
    4OF Milton Bradley (91)
    UT Mark Teahen (58)
    C Jeff Mathis (37)
    DH Adam Dunn (56)
    SP AJ Burnett (86)
    SP Ryan Dempster (81)
    SP Carlos Zambrano (81)
    SP John Lackey (66)
    SP Derek Lowe (75)
    RP Barry Zito (61)
    RP Joe Nathan (83)
    RP Jonathon Broxton (62)
    RP Fernando Rodney (85)
    RP Mike Gonzalez (91)
    CL Jon Rauch (88)

    The numbers are 2011 OPS+ for batters and ERA+ for pitchers. In some cases, where the player was traded, I just picked the value from one team.

    It's only 23, 24 if you have both Drew and Werth. I'm open to suggestions.

  36. Never heard of this guy,

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=evilsi001edw

    did he maybe inspire a certain Johnny Depp movie?

  37. Speaking of Derek Lowe, he just got traded to the Indians.

  38. bluejaysstatsgeek Says:

    @40, add

    Brian Roberts (66) could help round out the roster.

  39. Richard Chester Says:

    Andy:

    Did Mel Brooks collect royalties whenever that Reds outfield started?

  40. And with the Young, Frank and Stynes outfield, the Reds also featured Danny Graves on the mound.

  41. Kahuna Tuna Says:

    Bones Ely. Luis Aparició's last name means "ghost" (apparition).

    Larry and Ben Sheets?

  42. Don Mueller (Mandrake The Magician)

  43. Dick "The Monster" Radatz!

  44. R.I.P. Repulski

  45. Frank Clingenpeel Says:

    There was one pitcher known as "the Merry Mortician" - Waite Hoyt.

  46. Tim Lincecum (The Freak)

  47. Frank Clingenpeel Says:

    For the bllod-sucking crowd, how about Vlad Guerrero, Vlad Nunez, and Counts Montefusco and Mullane.

    I almost missed an op to bring Tony Mullane up! Shame!

  48. Richard Chester Says:

    Mark BELAnger

    Wayne BELArdi

    Paul BORIS

    @24 That guy Goulish was born in Punxsutawney, PA so he is connected to two holidays.

  49. #41: Sadly, Ricky's name was not pronounced the way it looks. However, you do get Bones points for #42.

  50. Kahuna Tuna Says:
  51. Hector Luna
    (born in the Count of -- I mean, the town of Monte Cristi, D.R.)

  52. Frank Clingenpeel Says:

    No offense to any lawyers reading this for my entry #52...any similarities are purely coincidental.

  53. Twilight Ed Killian

  54. Frank Clingenpeel Says:

    Has anyone mentioned Moonlight Graham yet?

  55. Al Dark (Blackie or the Swamp Fox)

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/darkal01.shtml

    A swamp fox doesn't sound like something you'd want to run into. Somehow he finished 3rd in MVP voting with 3.8 WAR and 3 homers. Still won the ROY.

  56. Did anyone add Rip Collins?

  57. Tony Witchousky was not even corporeal:

    Height: 0' 0", Weight: 0 lb.

  58. Or Rip Sewell.

  59. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a copy online, but I had a picture from the newspaper of Roger McDowell wearing a giant ogre halloween mask - I'm pretty sure it was during his Phillies years ('89 - '91). That year, I had him on my Strat-o-Matic team, and my "playing" photocopy of his S-o-M card had the 'R' of his first name accidentally cut off. So I taped the picture to the back of the card, and for the rest of the year, my long man in the bullpen was "Oger McDowell."

    I had a monster year...

  60. @#7,
    So was I

  61. DoubleDiamond Says:

    I also noticed that Danny Graves pitched in that Young, Frank, and Stynes game, too. Batting leadoff for Cincinnati that day was Pokey Reese "s Pieces". Reggie "Bar" Sanders pinch hit for Graves late in that game.

    The Astros players that day included Jeff Bagwell. Bringing home trick or treat candy in a bag, well, that's how it's done. Unless you use an old pillow case. Also Dave "I want a" Clark "Bar". (My usual Chris Berman name for him is Dave Clark "Thirty-Five", a reference to the number he wore for at least part of his career as well as to the 1960s British group the Dave Clark Five.)

  62. 2 treats for you -- chocolate and beer!

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/y/yinglea01.shtml

  63. Kahuna Tuna Says:

    Jimmy Bloodworth
    John Candelaria (fits under “candy” or “candle”)
    Tim Teufel (German for “devil”)
    Phil Todt (German for “dead man”)
    Jeff Dedmon
    Chih Fang Pan (outfielder in the A’s system)
    J.P. Howell
    Mysterious Walker
    Andy Tomberlin

    Reggie Jackson (Mr. October)
    Ozzie Smith (The Wizard)