Wednesday, September 8, 2010

GSNHOF Nominee - Jorge Poo Tang

Screengrab taken from Mark6mauno's Flickr account.
Tang is the guy trying to score. Go figure.

If it feels like it's been forever since I posted a great name, then...well it has been forever it seems. At least months and months. If I'm going to bring this feature of the blog back, I've got to do it with style, with a really great name that could someday make the hall. Instead I went with Jorge Poo Tang, whose middle name helps make his name one of the greatest I've heard in a while.

Tang grew up in Venezuela, born 3 days after my girlfriend and about 6 months before myself. He made it to the Venezuelan Summer League in 2005, where he played for an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. He hit .294 with a .350 OBP, which isn't too shabby, but with only 14 XBH in 367 plate appearances (including 0 homeruns) and shoddy defense, the Reds let him go following the 2006 season.

But one man's trash is another man's treasure, as Tang quickly found out when he was scooped up by the Calgary Vipers in 2007. His average and OBP were almost identical to his VSL stats, but his slugging percentage over 2 seasons was .026 higher - it seemed that Jorge might have finally been finding his power stroke. With his defense still spotty though, and his game still mostly one dimensional, Tang was released at the end of 2008. Google searches haven't found a career beyond that 2008 season for Tang, so it looks as if he may be gone from professional baseball, unfortunate as that may be.

Gone but not forgotten though. The blog Tenprairiesticks has covered the Calgary Vipers for years, and apparently the head writer was a big fan of Tang (get your mind out of the gutter!). So much so that he wrote this touching tribute post after Tang was released from the team, which I think many of us can relate to. So kudos to Tenprairiesticks, for reminding me that guys with great sports names are people too. And further kudos to Tenprairiesticks for alerting me to the "Theo-Fleury-plays-baseball" gimmick, which I somehow missed a few years back.

Most kudos of all, however, to Jorge Poo Tang, because without his truly excellent name, I probably wouldn't be mentioning him on my blog. You're no Poony Poon, but I wish you the best of the luck in the GSNHOF Ballot Voting, whenever the next ballot takes place!

To see the best sports names of all time, visit the Truly Great Names page.
To see some good sports names that were voted out, visit the Good Names page.
To see the current voting ballot, visit the Ballot page.