Cub Kidd and the Athletic Butler

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In a strange bit of sports news the Chicago Bears signed tight end Bear Pascoe to a contract. It's the first time I can remember a player sharing his first name with the team he plays for. The only example in professional sports that comes to my mind is Napolean Lajoie  for the Cleveland Naps and the team was named after him. If you can think of others, feel free to comment below.

It got me wondering. How do other team names sound as the first name of a player? More specifically, what would every Major League Baseball team's nickname look like as a first name? Why baseball? Because it's April and that's what I'm watching.

Just for fun, I've decided to list an example of every team name used as a first name, paired with a common surname in either North or South America. As in the Bear example above I'm going to drop the 's' at the end on most of the names.

American League
Blue Jay White
Oriole Ortiz
Ray Ray
Red Sock Walker
Yankee Johnson

Indian Spring (Street where I lived as a child)
Royal Gray
Tiger Blanco
Twin Powers
White Sock Washington

Angel Black
Athletic Butler
Astro Luna
Mariner King
Ranger Parker

National League
Brave Jones
Marlin Fisher
Met Saturday
National Smith
Phillie Phillips

Brewer Miller
Cardinal Rojas
Cub Kidd
Pirate Morgan
Red Green

Diamondback Hill
Dodger Cox
Giant Wood
Padre Tiempo
Rockie Rhodes

Like I said above, feel free to share yours in the comments. This is just what I came up with while watching the Cubs and then Giants games today.