The Reds caused a bit of a stir over the weekend by tweeting a few rear-view photos of prospect Christian Encarnacion-Strand, whose prodigious surname, combined with the team’s clunky NOB font, makes for quite the rear-jersey spectacle!
To be clear: Encarnacion-Strand, who’s a third baseman, is not yet on the Reds’ big league roster (or even their 40-man roster, for that matter), but that might change soon. He put up very solid numbers this year at Single- and Double-A, will likely start next season at Triple-A, and according to some projections could be promoted to the big league club sometime in 2023.
If Encarnacion-Strand makes it to the bigs, his 17-letter, 18-character surname would break the record for the longest NOB in MLB history. That distinction is currently held by Twins pitcher Simeon Woods Richardson (15 letters, 16 characters), who made his MLB debut about two months ago:
Of course, Encarnacion-Strand and Woods Richardson both fall into the category of compound names. For mononymic surnames, Salty (14 letters) still holds the record.