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Rangers Prospect Could Shatter the MLB Record for Longest Name

Uni-related quip of the day goes to Dallas Morning News beat writer Evan Grant, who tweeted this photo of Rangers pitching prospect Logan Bursick-Harrington. Imagine if they had to fit his name on the jersey with the larger NOB lettering from last year!

The Rangers signed Bursick-Harrington as an undrafted free agent last August. He got a teeny taste of the minor leagues last year (appearing in just one Rookie League game) and is making his first appearance at the team’s spring camp, so he’s still several years away from a shot at the big leagues.

If he makes it, though, his surname — 17 letters plus a hyphen — would set the standard for the longest compound-name NOB in MLB history. That mark is currently held by Twins pitcher Simeon Woods Richardson (15 letters plus a space). The record for the longest non-compound name is still held by Salty, with 14 letters.

I wish Bursick-Harrington godspeed in his ascent to the big league level, and I hope he never plays for the Yankees.

(My thanks to Clay Malinovsky and Dustin Perez for bringing this one to my attention.)

Comments (17)

    I can’t wait for him to marry and have kids. And hopefully his wife will have a hyphenated last name, and they decide to incorporate both the parents names for their child. That kid’s name would be amazing. Something like…. Bursick-Harrington-Longmore-Albertson.

    Honest question, can players get exceptions to put their first names on their jerseys? Only sport I know of that does that is soccer, esp in Brazil.

    A few players did it in the 1960s and ’70s, when there weren’t any rules about it.

    More recently, Ichiro asked to wear his first name because he’d worn it in Japan. He was on a Japanese minor league team that had three guys named Suzuki, so they all just wore their first names. Ichiro was the only one who made it to the Japanese majors, and he kept wearing his first name. MLB let him keep doing it when he joined the Mariners, and he kept doing it for the rest of his career (except during his brief stint with the Yankees, obviously).

    I’m sorry, but that looks utterly ridiculous. If his name was any longer, it would run the risk of being partially tucked in to his pants. (Which just exacerbates why lowering the placement of the MLB logo was a bad idea, because now the long names sit even lower.)

    All teams, but especially the Rangers, desperately need a condensed version of their font for long names…this being a prime example. I mean, that looks absolutely comical.

    Actually being tucked in wouldn’t be an issue at all. They’d show right through the new pants!

    Just wait until these hyphenated last name kids start marrying and having kids with four last names.

    Time to get rid of all NOB. Not a Yankees fan but that has been a smart decision by the pinstripes back then.

    It would certainly eliminate this hyphenated debacle. And it would leave more room for advertisers! I’ll show myself out.

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