Every year, Minor League Baseball's website hosts a "Moniker Madness" competition, in which the player with the best name in the minors is crowned. This year, the choice should have been easy. And maybe it was: Sicnarf Loopstok wears the crown ...
Loopstok owns one of the unique and unusual names in sports, making him an early favorite when Moniker Madness began its seventh annual voting contest earlier this month. A native of Oranjestad, Aruba, Loopstok moved to the U.S. and attended Penn Foster High School in Scranton, Pa. before joining Western Oklahoma State College, where he saw time at second, third and catcher.
His name? It's his father's name, Francis, spelled backwards.
Loopstok beat out contenders like Giuseppe Papaccio, 2012 contender Forrest Snow, Game of Thrones-esque pitcher Storm Throne and the fabled Jose Jose. Damien Magnifico, Stone Speer, Zelous Wheeler and Mikie Mahtook rounded out the top 10.
Last year's champion, Rock Shoulders, was not eligible for the 2013 contest. Moniker Madness has previously been won by Seth Schwindenhammer (2011), Rowdy Hardy (2010), Dusty Napoleon (2009), Will Startup (2008) and Houston Summers (2007).
This summer, I had the pleasure of seeing Loopstok play in Brooklyn, and (Jose) Jose in Hillsboro, Oregon. Most years, I would have voted for Jose Jose. I mean, seriously: Jose Jose. Do you think is friends call him Jo-Jo? But Sicnarf Loopstok isn't just the greatest name this year. It might be the greatest name ever. I mean, on the earth, including all people.