Re-naming and alphabetizing MLB teams by division – National League

Something I have noticed, and maybe you have too, is that every MLB division has a few team names that are very close in the alphabet to each other. In fact, each division has at least two names in a row when all the teams in the majors are alphabetized, ever since the Devil Rays became the Rays. Now thanks to the Astros’ move to the AL West, all have at least three names in a row, with the exception of the AL East. This creates an interesting phenomenon: by changing ten of the team names in MLB, an alphabetized list of all teams will also be sorted by division. I intend on changing those ten names in order to create such a list.

Previously, I completed the alphabetization of the American League. Now I will do so for the National League.

NL East

Atlanta Braves

In 2017, the Braves will be moving to Cobb County. Like the Indians, there has been some controversy surrounding the team’s connection to Native Americans. No longer! The Braves name doesn’t match up with the Ms and Ns of the NL West, so they will have to change. It should be no big deal, since the team has had six names and three cities in its 140-year history.

A name change to the Atlanta No-Fun-In-Baseballs would be relevant and alphabetically acceptable, but perhaps there are better names from which to choose. Cobb County has many high points, so how about the Mountaineers? Fans could still do The Chop, it would just signify a climber sticking an ice axe into a slope.

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Re-naming and alphabetizing MLB teams by division – American League

Something I have noticed, and maybe you have too, is that every MLB division has a few team names that are very close in the alphabet to each other. In fact, each division has at least two names in a row when all the teams in the majors are alphabetized, ever since the Devil Rays became the Rays. Now thanks to the Astros’ move to the AL West, all have at least three names in a row, with the exception of the AL East. This creates an interesting phenomenon: by changing ten of the team names in MLB, an alphabetized list of all teams will also be sorted by division. I intend on changing those ten names in order to create such a list.

AL East

Toronto Blue Jays

Baseball has some fascination with colorful birds; the Blue Jays, Orioles, and Cardinals are all named after them. As much as I like colorful birds, the Blue Jays are going to have to switch to something closer to the middle of the alphabet. Depending on other name changes in the NL East, they will have to fit in the N to R range. Other Toronto sports names include the Argonauts, Maple Leafs, and Raptors. Apparently, Toronto likes all of its professional teams to have a main color of blue, which adds more complexity to this re-brand.

One idea is to play on the Canadian aspect and call them the Provincialists, or Provs for short, similar to the Metropolitans of New York. Another regional choice is the Toronto Ontarios, but that’s as ridiculous as calling a team from Houston the Texans (or from Montreal the Canadiens)!

I had some difficulty coming up with a great name, so I asked someone from Toronto! Blake Murphy came up with the idea of Pterodactyls, simply to match the dinosaur theme of the Toronto Raptors. And I love it. First team down, the Toronto Pterodactyls.

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Animated GIF Bracket

Jon Bois has been running an animated GIF tournament over at SBNation to “determine the greatest animated sports GIF of all time.” The process looks eerily similar to another tournament currently happening, but I have been unable to find a bracket that keeps track of the progress. So, as I so often do, I did the work myself. I looked at a few bracket websites, but didn’t like what I saw. Instead, I created a Google doc spreadsheet with each region getting its own sheet. It’s not pretty, but it does the job.

You can view the GIF Bracket here.


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