Here's something a little different and (hopefully) a little fun for today:
Last week sometime, someone on Twitter (sorry, I don't remember who) noticed that Todd Helton's middle name is "Lynn". Someone else quickly pointed out Helton wasn't the only famous player named "Lynn" and that, in fact, you could find a trio of pretty memorable players each named Lynn in their own way: as a first name (Lynn Nolan Ryan), as a middle name (Todd Lynn Helton) and as a last name (Fred Lynn). That seemed like a pretty interesting little tidbit, and it got me wondering: is Lynn the best single name in baseball? Can we find another name that can give us a better player in each "position" (as a first name, a middle name, and a last name)?
Using the Rally WAR database, I did a little name parsing to answer the question. Players with identical first, middle, and last names were joined together and those trios with the highest WAR values were pulled out. After a little more work than I expected, here are the best single names in baseball. This kind of information won't exactly win you your fantasy league, but, then again, when did you ever come here for that?
The Best Name in Baseball
Thomas Glavine (67 WAR), George Thomas Seaver (105.3 WAR), and Frank Thomas (75.9 WAR)
There are a few other notable Thomas's to consider (most notably Tommy John & Mel Ott), but this trio is the clear favorite. How it ranks with the other names is a little more up to you.
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