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    Here Are 29 Of The Best Baseball Names Ever

    Now batting... [insert name that makes the crowd go wild]

    Opening Day has arrived, so here is a celebration of some of the best names in Major League Baseball history. Let's slide in and do it!


    Not that quickly!

    *NOTE* I have included a mix between nicknames and names that fit the "baseball spirit." I'm sure plenty have been left off, so please add them in the comments below if you don't see your favorite player.

    29. Yogi Berra

    Yogi Berra reading letter in Yankees' locker room
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    Lawrence "Yogi" Berra is 13-time World Series champion, and maybe the most quotable man in baseball history.

    That famous quote, "It ain't over 'til it's over," that everyone uses in sports. That's Yogi's. He has a million.

    28. Nomar Garciaparra

    Nomar Garciaparra throwing baseball to first base
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    As a six-time All-Star, Nomar was an elite shortstop for years.

    If you have ever heard a Bostonian try to say "Nomar," you understand why he is on this list.

    27. Ozzie Smith "The Wizard of Oz"

    Ozzie Smith swinging a bat
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    Thirteen-time Gold Glove winner and Hall-of-Famer Smith is truly one of the best to ever field.

    A great nickname and proof a simple name can become such a staple in a sport.

    26. Sammy Sosa

    Sammy Sosa running after swinging bat
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    Alliteration is an easy way to get on this list, and "Sammy Sosa" was always fun to say as a kid.

    25. Darryl Strawberry

    Darryl Strawberry ready to swing his bat
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    Who doesn't like a good strawberry? Well, I guess me, but Darryl was a phenomenal player with three World Series titles under his belt.

    He was also an 8-time All-Star with two Silver Slugger awards.

    24. "The Big Unit" Randy Johnson

    Randy Johnson winding up pitch on the mound
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    Randy Johnson. Simple. Effective.

    This man had the name, the nickname, the look, and the pitching. The Hall-of-Famer was a five-time Cy Young winner and 10-time All-Star. Oh, and a World Series MVP.

    23. Goose Gossage

    Goose Gossage pitching from the mound
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    Hall of Fame pitcher Rich Gossage, aka Goose, was a nine-time All-Star and one of the best closers longevity-wise.

    Goose Gossage. I can say it in my head all day.

    22. Ichiro Suzuki

    Ichiro waving helmet to crowd
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    Growing up, Ichiro might have been the first international player I was introduced to in any sport. I'd like to meet anyone who didn't like him. The future Hall-of-Famer was an MVP, 10-time All-Star, 10-time Gold Glove winner, and a trailblazer of Japanese baseball.

    When his name is announced at a ballpark, the crowd always goes wild.

    21. Jeff Bagwell

    Jeff Bagwell standing with his hands on his hips
    George Gojkovich / Getty Images a base. Bag-well.

    I always liked it. Plus, the Hall of Fame player was an all-time Astro and former MVP.

    20. Mike Piazza

    Mike Piazza rounding the bases
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    He was one "A" from having the last name "Pizza," and to younger me that was awesome. A name that is now tied to baseball, especially New York Mets baseball.

    Mike Piazza was a 10-time Silver Slugger and a Hall-of-Famer.

    19. Boof Bonser

    Boof Bonser throwing a pitch
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    Can't pass on Boof. He only played in the majors for a little over 100 games, but he made it.

    18. "Stan the Man" Stan Musial

    Stan Musial sitting with a dozen baseball bats.
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    Stan was no doubt "The Man," because this guy won three MVPs, 24 All-Star appearances, seven batting titles, and three World Series titles.

    17. Don Mattingly

    Don Mattingly with a mustache and wearing a Yankees uniform
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    "Donnie Baseball" isn't even as good as Don Mattingly. Just a very baseball-y name. A former MVP with nine Golden Gloves.

    16. "The Georgia Peach" Ty Cobb

    Ty Cobb swinging a bat
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    Short and sweet.

    Cobb played in the early 1900s and won the batting title 12 times.

    15. Didi Gregorius

    Gregorius swinging a bat
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    Didi Gregorius is not just a great baseball name, but a beautiful name period.

    A fantastic shortstop getting a fresh start with the Philadelphia Phillies for his first full season this year.

    14. Mark McGwire

    Mark McGwire taking a big swing at the plate
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    Alliteration strikes again!

    A 12-time All-Star in the steroids era, but his name was one of the biggest in baseball at the time.

    13. Joe DiMaggio

    Joe Dimaggio taking a practice swing for the camera
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    Hall-of-Famer and three-time MVP Joe DiMaggio might be one of the most recognized names in baseball other than that guy that rhymes with "Gabe Booth."

    "Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray
    South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio

    —"We Didn't Start The Fire" by Billy Joel

    12. "Iron Man" Cal Ripken Jr.

    Cal Ripken Junior signing autographs
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    They call him "Iron Man" because of his 2,632 straight games played. Wow.

    That's 16 seasons of playing baseball. My knees crack when I stand to go get a drink.

    11. "Sandman" Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera pitching
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    "Enter Sandman" blasting in Yankee Stadium.

    The best closer, arguably, ever. Mariano Rivera is also a fantastic name and will forever be ingrained in baseball lore.

    10. "Mr. Cub" Ernie Banks

    Ernest Banks smiling in a Cubs uniform
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    The face of Chicago (well, for the Cubs at least).

    Two-time MVP, Golden Glove, and a 14-time All-Star, he is indeed "Mr. Cub."

    9. Chipper Jones

    Chipper Jones holding a bat
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    Chipper is quite the name for a ballplayer. Imagine if he played golf?

    Hall of Fame? Yes.

    8. "The Man of Steal" Rickey Henderson

    Rickey Henderson throwing out the first pitch
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    Maybe the best nickname in sports, the "Man of Steal" lived up to his name.

    1,406 stolen bases (MLB record) throughout his career, and the most runs with 2,295.

    7. "The Big Hurt" Frank Thomas

    Frank Thomas stretching
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    "The Big Hurt" wins for originality.

    The two-time MVP is in the Hall of Fame and hurt plenty of baseballs with his bat in his career (521 homers to be exact).

    6. "Mr. October" Reggie Jackson

    Reggie Jackson at batting practice
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    "Mr. October" is the nickname you want heading into the playoffs, but Reggie Jackson's name alone is enough to get excited.

    A five-time World Series champ and an MVP, it's easy to see why Jackson is in the Hall of Fame.

    5. "Big Papi" David Ortiz

    Red Sox player David Ortiz rounding the bases with a smile
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    Three-time champion Big Papi is Boston royalty. The Dominican superstar played for the Red Sox for 14 years and Fenway Park always went wild hearing his name announced when he approached the plate.

    4. Babe Ruth

    Babe Ruth hitting a home run
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    "The Babe" George Ruth is the most iconic name in sports. From him calling his shot for a home run to seven World Series titles, there is no argument he was the O.G. athlete in baseball that was bigger than the game.

    3. Coco Crisp

    Coco Crisp in an Oakland Athletics uniform
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    Coco Crisp, 2007 World Series Champ, is one of the best names ever.

    No further questions (or comments), Your Honor.

    2. Mickey Mantle

    Mickey Mantle hanging out with Yankee teammates
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    Alliteration and no need of a nickname. Mickey Mantle is one of the ultimate baseball names ever.

    The three-time MVP and seven-time World Series champion is one of the best to ever do it.

    1. Hammerin' Hank Aaron

    Hank Aaron at a Hank Aaron Award press conference
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    We lost the great Hank Aaron this year, and Hammerin' Hank Aaron has always been one of the best names in sports. He sounds like a comic book character and his real life stats are something out of the realm of fiction.

    A 25-time All-Star, MVP, and World Series champion, Hank hit his MLB record 715th home run, passing Babe Ruth (and finishing with 755) in 1974.

    Don't see your favorite player? Add them in the comments below!