Via the inimitable Pat Kiernan, yesterday’s mass mob arrests in the New York area have unearthed some fantastic new mob nicknames. As a group, mafia types really excel at the nickname, perhaps even more than ballplayers; today I thought I’d try to merge the two genres. Herewith, actual mob nicknames from the Daily News, and their imaginary position on the baseball diamond:
Two good options here: the reliable ace who keeps putting zeros up on the scoreboard, or the hapless rookie still hitting .000 two weeks into his first stint in the majors.
Jack the Whack
Dumb-as-a-post platooned corner outfielder who plays unfortunate defense but, at the plate, runs into one every so often and hits it to the next county.
Elder-statesman DH beloved by teammates and groupies coast-to-coast.
Fat Larry’s younger brother, a perenially disappointing 3B who would be more suited to DH but is just not a good enough hitter.
Popular hefty lefty starting pitcher.
This would work for like 40% of all Major League players, actually.
Middle reliever who’s nothing to write home about except for his one truly fantastic secondary pitch, probably a changeup.
Light-hitting shortstop who plays just good enough defense and smacks just enough seeing-eye singles to stay in the league basically forever.
Ancient first base coach famous for his heckling gifts with regards to opponents and umps.
I did not know Brian Wilson was a member of the Genovese crime family.
You know what? I’m not going to make fun of anyone nicknamed Nighthawk. Likely not someone you want to mess with.
Former Rookie of the Year 2B who never lives up to the hype.
Bullpen catcher and professional butt of jokes.
Grouchy veteran umpire.