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Moniker: Chan Ho Park

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Sun, March 15, 2009 08:37 PM Comments: 48

Every third Sunday, we’ll present “Moniker,” where we nickname a member of the Phillies, for better or worse.

Chan Ho Park is now looking like a member of the 25-man roster. His performance against the Cardinals today showed he still has the stuff capable of going deep into games. But this South Korean star doesn’t have a nickname. I know, crazy.

Interestingly, some players once called him “Chooch,” but that’s taken, of course. So what would you call Park? Be creative. And please, have fun.

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Moniker: Brett Myers

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Sun, February 15, 2009 07:00 PM Comments: 58

Every third Sunday, we’ll present “Moniker,” where we nickname a member of the Phillies, for better or worse.

Brett Myers. He doesn’t have a nickname, does he?

Despite a long career in Philadelphia, Myers is one of the only Phillie regulars who doesn’t have a real good nickname. A long-time starter who was converted to closer in 2007, Myers came back to the rotation with poor results. A demotion to the minor leagues revitalized his career, and he had a sparkling second half in 2008. That carried into the postseason, where Myers used his bat to do the talking.

Myers is one-half of his self-proclaimed Redneck Wrecking Crew, with Joe Blanton, and for a small while last season I referred to him as “The Redneck Express.” That might work, but let’s get something in cement. So go ahead: Do your bidding.

Just one caveat: Please make no references to his personal life. They’re unnecessary.

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Nickname The Phillie: Finalists

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Mon, July 21, 2008 02:22 PM Comments: 42

Two weeks ago I started asking you to give nicknames to five Phillies who really didn’t have any real nicknames. Some of the responses were hilarious (Ryan “Can’t hit a fucking off-speed pitch” Howard; “The Brown Sombrero”), some were very good, some … ehh … (You could’ve humored me with more Seanez material!)

But I narrowed the choices down to at least four for each player (I made it five for Werth, since I couldn’t leave out “Johnny Wacko,” I added some regular stand-bys for Howard, and I took out Happ, who was victim of a send-down during the nicknaming process), so now it’s up to you to vote for your favorites.

In the response to this post list your top choice from the finalists of each player. You can copy and paste this to fill in your choices:

Jayson Werth:
Kyle Kendrick:
Ryan Howard:
Rudy Seanez:

And now, the finalists.

Jayson Werth
The Patient
Speed Stick
High-Net
Jay Bird
Johnny Wacko

Kyle Kendrick
The Kid
Krazy K
Houdini
The Sink

Ryan Howard
K-How
Baby Huey
Giant Power
Airshow
UPS
The Big Man

Rudy Seanez
ColdStone
Black Belt
Cinderblock Head
The Chief

And just to put my two cents in, I’m uncertain with Werth; for Kendrick, The Kid (it seems as if that’s his name already); for Howard, I don’t know how I feel about giving Howard a nickname solely on his strikeouts when he is an amazing run producer; for Seanez, ColdStone.

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Nickname The Phillie: Rudy Seanez

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Fri, July 11, 2008 03:30 PM Comments: 26

The Phillies have some fantastic nicknames. There’s The Bat (Pat Burrell), Hollywood (Cole Hamels), Lights Out (Brad Lidge), Chooch (Carlos Ruiz) and of course, the Flyin’ Hawaiian (Shane Victorino). But not everyone has a nickname, and we need to help.

An off-hand conversation about Chad Durbin brought upon the nickname “Dim the Lights,” which I think is a worthy moniker for the man. That’s why I think we here at the Nation need to do more of the same. This week I’m opening a feature called “Nickname the Phillie,” where you guys can determine the nickname of select Phils.

For the final installment of the series we’re going to Rudy Seanez. The veteran reliever was picked up off the bargain bin and has done a nice job from the front end of the pen. He is into mixed martial arts, gives great quotes and seems to be a generally cool guy. Currently he’s ailing a bit, but says he’s OK to pitch before the All-Star break. Here’s a guy who’s been around a long time and really deserves a nickname. Go to it (by the way, his middle name is Caballero).

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Nickname The Phillie: JA Happ

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Thu, July 10, 2008 06:30 PM Comments: 19

The Phillies have some fantastic nicknames. There’s The Bat (Pat Burrell), Hollywood (Cole Hamels), Lights Out (Brad Lidge), Chooch (Carlos Ruiz) and of course, the Flyin’ Hawaiian (Shane Victorino). But not everyone has a nickname, and we need to help.

An off-hand conversation about Chad Durbin brought upon the nickname “Dim the Lights,” which I think is a worthy moniker for the man. That’s why I think we here at the Nation need to do more of the same. This week I’m opening a feature called “Nickname the Phillie,” where you guys can determine the nickname of select Phils.

After two good starts in his 2008 campaign, JA Happ certainly deserves a place on the Phillies for a little while. The slider-throwing, fastball-locating 25-year-old from Illinois has been effective so far, and definitely deserves a good nickname. (Note: Happ and I share a birthday, so brownie points if you can somehow fit that into the equation.) Go to it, guys.

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Nickname The Phillie: Kyle Kendrick

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Tue, July 08, 2008 03:30 PM Comments: 52

The Phillies have some fantastic nicknames. There’s The Bat (Pat Burrell), Hollywood (Cole Hamels), Lights Out (Brad Lidge), Chooch (Carlos Ruiz) and of course, the Flyin’ Hawaiian (Shane Victorino). But not everyone has a nickname, and we need to help.

An off-hand conversation about Chad Durbin brought upon the nickname “Dim the Lights,” which I think is a worthy moniker for the man. That’s why I think we here at the Nation need to do more of the same. This week I’m opening a feature called “Nickname the Phillie,” where you guys can determine the nickname of select Phils.

Yesterday I threw Jayson Werth out there, and we have a few finalists for him. Today we start on a new Phillie — Kyle Kendrick. The good-enough sinkerballing youngster has been a nice addition to the club over the past year. Some call him “KK,” but that’s not good enough. The kid needs a real nickname. Go at it.

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Nickname The Phillie: Jayson Werth

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Mon, July 07, 2008 03:30 PM Comments: 112

The Phillies have some fantastic nicknames. There’s The Bat (Pat Burrell), Hollywood (Cole Hamels), Lights Out (Brad Lidge), Chooch (Carlos Ruiz) and of course, the Flyin’ Hawaiian (Shane Victorino). But not everyone has a nickname, and we need to help.

An off-hand conversation about Chad Durbin brought upon the nickname “Dim the Lights,” which I think is a worthy moniker for the man. That’s why I think we here at the Nation need to do more of the same. This week I’m opening a feature called “Nickname the Phillie,” where you guys can determine the nickname of select Phils.

First I’m offering Jayson Werth. His two-run home run with two strikes and two outs in the ninth was one of his biggest Phillie highlights. His three-homer game earlier this season was another. A guy with his substantial power, speed, defensive abilities and patience at the plate deserves a great nickname. Go at it — nickname the Phillie.

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Nickname The Phillie: Ryan Howard

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Mon, July 07, 2008 03:30 PM Comments: 61

The Phillies have some fantastic nicknames. There’s The Bat (Pat Burrell), Hollywood (Cole Hamels), Lights Out (Brad Lidge), Chooch (Carlos Ruiz) and of course, the Flyin’ Hawaiian (Shane Victorino). But not everyone has a nickname, and we need to help.

An off-hand conversation about Chad Durbin brought upon the nickname “Dim the Lights,” which I think is a worthy moniker for the man. That’s why I think we here at the Nation need to do more of the same. This week I’m opening a feature called “Nickname the Phillie,” where you guys can determine the nickname of select Phils.

Here’s a weird one. Ryan Howard. He has a lot of little nicknames, but nothing certain. Let’s see: Ryno, RyHo, Big Brown, UPS, The Big Man, Dave Kingman. Oh wait. Seriously, Ryno is Ryne Sandberg. Can’t use it. RyHo? Let’s be more creative than first-last name nicknames. Big Brown isn’t bad, but smacks of being politically incorrect. UPS is pretty good. I could live with that. The Big Man is Harry Kalas’ entry, and it fits with Chase Utley’s “The Man,” but anyone could be The Big Man. Dmitri Young can be The Big Man. Oh, the Inquirer ran a blog contest to nickname Howard, and the winner was “The Broad Street Bomber.” Ugh. We need a nickname special to our 50-HR, 250-K slugger. Let’s give it to him.

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