The name game: Rougned Odor
This week, MiLB.com kicked off their annual fan participation contest “Moniker Madness” where fans can choose the best name among the thousands of active Minor League players. RoughRiders new-comer Rougned Odor has been selected by MiLB.com as a contestant this season and he needs your votes. Odor is also the solo representative from the Rangers farm system.
Rougned, also known as Roogey, made his Double-A debut on August 1 and became the youngest player at the level this season at age 19. The Venezuelan second baseman has a 15 year-old brother with the same first name, but the two are separated by different middle names (older Rougned’s full name is Rougned Roberto, while the younger is named Rougned Jose). The two have an uncle named Rouglas Odor who is a hitting coach in the Cleveland Indians system.
How to vote
On the webpage, fans will be given a random pairing of two names and will vote on which one they prefer. Then another random pairing will appear and the fan can vote again. This will continue with different random pairings as long as the fan chooses to continue. The ultimate winner of the contest will be the player that wins the most random head-to-head matchups. Voting will run through noon on Wednesday, August 28.
The link for the Moniker Madness voting page is – www.milb.com/monikermadnes
Other nominated Texas Leaguers:
Delta Cleary Jr. – Tulsa Drillers
Rocky Gale – San Antonio Missions
Cheslor Cuthbert – Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Jett Bandy – Arkansas Travelers
Baseball term of the day: Seamhead – A dedicated baseball fan
(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)