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In honor of Prince Fielder
I decided to limit myself to players whose official names on Baseball-Reference include either a term of nobility or a plural of such a term. So players named either “Duke” or “Dukes” were eligible. The name could be a 1st name or a last name, but it had to be exact; so Early Wynn
I decided not to count nicknames, which ruled out players like John “The Count” MontefuscoOrlando “El Duque” Hernandez
To keep the team from being overrun with old-timey guys named “Earl,*” I set a limit of one occurrence of each title in each of the five groups: infielders, outfielders, starting rotation, bullpen, and bench. I mainly used Baseball-Reference’s version of WAR to rank the players.
* And all of the guys named Earl are old-timey, pretty much. No active player goes by Earl.
Catcher: Duke Farrell
1st Base: Earl Torgeson
2nd Base: Omar Infante
Shortstop: Jose Reyes
3rd Base: Harry Lord
** “infante” in Spanish nobility refers to a prince who is not the heir to the throne
An interesting, though hardly dominant group. Current Marlins up-the-middle combo Infante and Reyes both make the starting lineup. Duke Farrell edges out a deep group of catchers that included seemingly a dozen guys named Earl.
This is the strength of the lineup. All three of these players are Hall of Famers. King Kelly also played a lot of catcher, so he makes a nice emergency 3rd-stringer at that position. Both Earl Averill and Earl Torgeson (the starting 1st baseman) hailed from the small town of Snohomish, Washington. Accordingly, both were nicknamed “The Earl of Snohomish.” That fascinates me.
*** I cheated a little here, as “gentry” is more of a generic term for the lower levels of nobility. But it’s related, and I needed another starter desperately.
Whitehill is an excellent starter, but the rest of the rotation is pretty underwhelming. There were a bunch of other guys named Earl who had 10+ WAR as a starting pitcher, but I didn’t want an all-Earl rotation, so most of them got cut.
**** You could also go with Dennys Reyes
Zach Duke got pushed to the ‘pen just so I could find a place for the 2nd-best pitching Duke.
Catcher: Earl Battey
1st Base: Prince Fielder
Corner IF: Ray Knight
Middle IF: Rey Sanchez
OF: Marquis Grissom
OF: Jim King
OF: Bris Lord
That is a damn good bench, all things considered. Versatile and talented with no real weak spots. Bris Lord is probably the least familiar name on this list, but he had a great nickname: The Human Eyeball.
There aren’t too many managers in MLB history I’d take over Earl Weaver, so this team will be in good hands.
Overall, I wish that I could have found a “Baron” or a “Count” to work into the team, but there really weren’t any good ones. This team should score some runs, which they’ll need to do because the pitching is fairly weak. Several of the bench players would make excellent regulars, too, so the team can handle a few injuries–as long as they are to position players.
What do you think? Did I miss anyone important?
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