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The Name's the Same, again
2007-05-26 16:36
by Bob Timmermann

The Kansas City Royals placed closer Joakim Soria on the 15-day disabled list and brought up pitcher Ryan Braun from Omaha to replace him on the roster.

Ryan Braun?

The name seems familiar ...

The Royals pitcher is Ryan Zachary Braun and he's a 26-year old. He's originally from Canada, but went to high school in Fresno and college at Wake Forest.

The Brewers third baseman is Ryan Joseph Braun and he's 23 and from Granada Hills and went to college at Miami.

The Ryan Brauns join the Tony Peñas (a Royals shortstop and a Diamondbacks pitcher) in their ability to confuse people. (And as Eric Enders points out I forgot the two Chris Youngs.)

And they might be the most unlikely pair of players with identical names (or at least people who go by the same name) since there were two Jeff D'Amicos in 2000. And that was also a Kansas City-Milwaukee pair.


I think so.

Also, I don't believe any player named above is related to Steve Braun.

2007-05-26 17:55:34
1.   Cliff Corcoran
Granada Hills? Is that an emerging Carribean nation?
2007-05-26 17:56:43
2.   fordprefect
my head hurts again. why are you doing this to me?
2007-05-26 18:04:28
3.   Eric Enders
So how many identically-named pairs are in the majors altogether? Off the top of my head, there's Chris Young, Luis Gonzalez, and Javy Lopez as well. (Did the catching Lopez retire after the Rockies released him?)
2007-05-26 18:35:05
4.   Bob Timmermann
Granada Hills is where I grew up. It doesn't need any further identification. It's like Springfield.

The catching Lopez retired after the Rockies released him.

2007-05-26 19:02:39
5.   DXMachina
I saw Pat Dobson playing first base for the Giants AA team last night, but I'm confident he's not the Dobson who pitched in the 70's, since he died last year. Well, unless the Giants are giving minor league contracts to the undead. I suppose that could be the logical next step in their pursuit of veterans.
2007-05-26 20:26:55
6.   Cliff Corcoran
Is the infielder Luis Gonzalez still in the majors?
2007-05-26 20:35:37
7.   Bob Timmermann
The other Luis Gonzalez plays in Japan for the Yomiuri Giants.
2007-05-27 00:19:36
8.   das411
Whither either Bobby Jones?
2007-05-27 00:55:15
9.   Greg Brock
I always liked the Alex Gonzalezes. Still don't know which was which.
2007-05-27 01:30:06
10.   Bob Timmermann
The Alex Gonzalezes are easy to remember.

The bad hitting one is still playing...

2007-05-27 12:47:44
11.   grandcosmo
Don't forget the two players who went by the name Steve Ontiveros. That had to be the most unlikely match.
2007-05-27 14:28:58
12.   Bob Timmermann
But the Steve Ontiveroses did not play at the same time.
2007-05-27 17:10:27
13.   grandcosmo
12 Well if you count Little League they did.

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