Mets Spelling Bee

Last night my wife and I enjoyed watching the Scripps National Spelling Bee Finals on ESPN. Thankfully it occurred on an off-night for the Mets, because, honestly, it would have been tough to decide upon which to watch (OK, not really; I’d have DVR’d the Mets game and watched it afterward).

During the Bee, my good friend and fellow Mets blogger Andrew Vazzano (of The ‘Ropolitans) came up with the brilliant idea of doing “Mets Spelling Bee” on Twitter. Genius! And fun, too!

Based on Andrew’s tweetbee (is that a word?), I was inspired to come up with a list of the most-difficult-to-spell names in Mets history. Here is what I came up with off the top of my head; some of them may seem easy to spell because you’re familiar with the player. This is a tough exercise for fervent Mets fans, but try to get away from your familiarity and think about these from the perspective of someone who has never watched a Mets game in their life (i.e., pretend you’ve never SEEN these names, only HEARD them); then perhaps you’ll understand why I chose some of the names I did.

Bobby Pfeil
Al Weis
Kirk Nieuwenhuis
Don Hahn
Aaron Heilman
Don Aase
Mike Bacsik
Benny Agbayani
Bruce Boisclair
Jerry Grote
Juan Berenguer
Bob Bailor
Bruce Berenyi
Ambiorix Burgos
Brad Emaus
Shawon Dunston
Jeff Francoeur
Charlie Hough
Bill Monbouquette
Randy Niemann
Scott Schoeneweis
John Stearns
Tsuyoshi Shinjo
Bill Spiers
Esix Snead
Josh Thole
Steve Trachsel
Tom Veryzer

Please add to this list in the comments; maybe we’ll put together enough names to pitch a Mets Spelling Bee Challenge between runners-up Stuti Mishra and Arvind Mahankali to ESPN The Ocho.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Eric G. June 1, 2012 at 5:25 am
    Vic Darensbourg
    Joe Grzenda
    Dan Schatzeder
    Doug Mientkiewicz!
    Todd Zeile
    • Joe Janish June 1, 2012 at 9:56 am
      I forgot about Dougie! Or maybe I knew I couldn’t spell his name without looking it up …

      Funny … on the one hand, I liked Mientkiewicz, but on the other hand, I was THRILLED when he left the team because I hated having to type out his name on the blog every day. With Captain Kirk there is a similar love/hate relationship …

  2. Walnutz15 June 1, 2012 at 7:26 am
    I was surprised to not come across Mientkiewicz, myself. haha

    2 other really easy ones that drive me crazy to see, as erroneously typed by certain Met fans on message boards or bloggers:

    – “Tejeda” (Ruben Tejada)
    – “Hariston” (Scott Hairston)

  3. Izzy June 1, 2012 at 8:35 am
    Ray Daviault
    Ed Buchee
    Chris Cannizzaro
    Eddie Bressoud
  4. DaveSchneck June 1, 2012 at 8:52 am
    Surprised Izzy left off namesake Jason Isringhausen.
    • Izzy June 1, 2012 at 3:09 pm
      Jason not related to this name Izzy.
  5. James June 1, 2012 at 10:50 am
    did Jim Beauchamp play for the mets
    jack dilauro
    rod kanehl
    chris cannizzaro (sp?)
    hobie landrith
    harry chiti

    Amazing statistic of the day: Who led the NL in walks in 1962 by a wide margin, but still managed to finished 10th in OBP?? Of course it’s the NYMets!!! I didn’t think they led in hitting category.

  6. NormE June 1, 2012 at 11:49 am
    Why are you posting at 5:14 am?
  7. Paul Festa June 1, 2012 at 12:06 pm
    I could never spell Doug Mientkiewicz. Oh, wait…
  8. Joe June 1, 2012 at 4:28 pm
    When will chess championships (FF — see WSJ article tweeted by Kevin B. — can join) air on ESPN?
  9. Spyro June 1, 2012 at 11:46 pm
    Ryota Igarashi
    Jack Heidemann
    Doc Medich
    Lee Mazzilli
    Gary Rajsich
    Jose Oquendo
    Bruce Berenyi
    Calvin Schiraldi
    Dan Schatzeder
    Pete Schourek
    Steve Trachsel