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Baseball Player Name of the Week

2011 starts off with a bang, name-wise, as the Texas Rangers, bless them, just signed a Venezuelan shortstop named:

Rougned Odor.

Photo of terrifyingly young-looking Rougned Odor from Pro Rumors.

Hat tip to BP’s Kevin Goldstein for alerting me to the good news. SB Nation’s Dallas blog notes that Odor is a key addition to the Rangers’ burgeoning “All-Name Team” that also includes Wilmer Font and Jurickson Profar. Looking over the Rangers’ MiLB Baseball-Reference page for the shirt-season A-ball Spokane Indians, I’m also quite fond of  Odubel Herrera, Guillermo Pimentel, Geurris Grullon, and Ovispo De Los Santos — the Rangers are indeed stacked. At AA they had Emerson Frostad, Elio Sarmiento, Blake Beavan, and the fake-sounding Mark Hamburger and Ryan Falcon. They have a chance to be a baseball-name force for years to come.

Baseball America has video of the new Odor.


1 Diane Firstman   ~  Jan 3, 2011 10:49 am


I am not familiar with this "shirt-season" league you write of. Please elaborate. Is it the baseball equivalent of "shirts" vs. "skins"? :-)

His name anagrams to Roe Dung Odor ... ewwwww ....

2 Chyll Will   ~  Jan 3, 2011 10:50 am

"Can you smell what the Roug is cooking tonight?!"

3 tribescribe   ~  Jan 3, 2011 12:05 pm

The Indians have employed Rougned's uncle, Rouglas Odor, as a minor league manager or coach for the past 10 seasons, including the last two seasons as the hitting coach for Kinston. (Hitting coach! Odor's career minor-league batting line is .248/.299/.324)

And yet, he couldn't deliver his 16-year-old prodigy of a nephew to the Tribe. That's gratitude for you.

4 thelarmis   ~  Jan 3, 2011 1:31 pm

i saw this kids name at mlbtr - shoulda left a note for you here Emma...

here's my professional analysis of the kid:

Odor? this guy stinks!

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