Atlanta pitcher Dylan Dodd made his second big league start yesterday. As several observers noted, his NOB looks sort of like DODO … or DOOO … or OOOO … or pretty much any combination of D and O.
The situation was the same on his road jersey when he made his MLB debut last week:
Putting more space between the letters would probably help a bit, but the real problem is the font (known as Athletic Block), which has extremely similar treatments for the D and the O. Dodd would be better off if he played for a team with a curvier NOB font, like the Padres or Phillies:
Even the Mariners’ much-maligned navy jersey NOB font would at least make Dodd’s surname easy to suss out:
So if Atlanta really wants to do a good deed for Dodd, they should either change their NOB font or else trade him to a team with a font more suited to his name.
Has this problem ever come up before? According to baseball-reference.com, there have been three previous Dodds in big league history. One of them — Pirates second baseman Ona Dodd — played in the pre-NOB era. As for the other two, they both had cups of coffee in the bigs: Tom Dodd played eight games with the Orioles in 1986 and Robert Dodd pitched four games for the Phillies in 1998. Given their very short careers, it’s somewhat amazing that I was able to find rear-view images for both of them:
Hmmm — it’s tough to be certain because of the angle, but even that Phillies NOB doesn’t look great. So just to be safe, Atlanta should probably trade Dylan Dodd to the Yankees. In the meantime, they should really give him No. 00.