Ranking teams by best Scrabble rosters

April, 6, 2013
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When I'm not watching baseball, you can probably find me playing Scrabble. I combine my love of these two seemingly disparate interests by tracking down those players whose names are also valid words in Scrabble. I present to you now the Scrabble-acceptability of the names on the Opening Day 40-man roster for each team.

[+] EnlargeFranklin Morales
Bob DeChiara/US PresswireBoston's Franklin Morales has baseball's best Scrabble name.
If the player's first or last name can be found in the "bible" of organized Scrabble, the Official Tournament and Club Word List, it will be listed in CAPS here (thus, no Rzepczynski). The number after the player's name is the total Scrabble score, excluding the possibility of double and triple-letter and double and triple-word squares. The score for each player is based upon the tile distribution in a standard English Scrabble set. If the player's name is seven letters or more and a valid Scrabble word, the score increases by 50 (otherwise known as a "bingo"). If the name cannot be formed without the use of a blank (such as "BOBBY"), the score represents the actual tally (in the BOBBY example, that would be 11, not 14). The numbers next to the team name gives the team's tally of qualifying names and total points.

There appears to be a West Coast bias in the Scrabble-playability of the rosters, as the Padres and Athletics each have an MLB-best 23 players with a first and/or last name that is acceptable. The luxury tax-pinched Yankees seemingly can't buy the right letters, as they have only 12 such players, worst in the majors. The Rockies accrue the highest point total, with 523 from their 18 qualifying players, with an MLB-leading six "bingo names." The Red Sox' Franklin Morales is the "Most Scrabble-valuable Player" as both his first and last names are acceptable Scrabble words, good for 124 points (a "franklin" is a medieval English landowner of free but not noble birth). The Yankees' Joba Chamberlain possesses the longest acceptable Scrabble word on anyone's 40-man roster, as a "chamberlain" is an officer who manages the household of a sovereign or noble.

Angels (17, 366): David CARPENTER 63, Ryan BRASIER 59, Scott COUSINS 59, TOMMY FIELD 21, HANK CONGER 20, MARK LOWE 17, MIKE TROUT 15, j.b. SHUCK 14, JOHN Hester 14, JOSH Hamilton 14, Jered WEAVER 12, TOMMY Hanson 12, NICK Maronde 10, MARK Trumbo 10, JOE Blanton 10, Scott DOWNS 9, PETER Bourjos 7

Astros (16, 310): BRAD PEACOCK 74, Justin MAXWELL 69, JOSH FIELDS 24, JIMMY Paredes 19, JAKE Elmore 15, JARRED Cosart 14, JORDAN Lyles 14, JOHN Ely 14, Wesley WRIGHT 13, HECTOR Ambriz 11, Alex WHITE 11, RICK Ankiel 10, Chris CARTER 8, MATT Dominguez 6, BUD Norris 6, Chia-Jen LO 2

Athletics (23, 293): a.j. GRIFFIN 64, JERRY Blevins 15, COCO CRISP 14, JORDAN Norberto 14, JOSH Stinson 14, JOHN Jaso 14, JOSH Donaldson 14, JOSH Reddick 14, GRANT GREEN 12, Jarrod PARKER 12, JESSE Chavez 12,TOMMY Milone 12, Jemile WEEKS 12, Seth SMITH 10, Ryan COOK 10, Chris YOUNG 9, PEDRO Figueroa 8, Bartolo COLON 7, GRANT Balfour 6, Brandon MOSS 6, PAT Neshek 5, DAN Otero 4, DAN Straily 4

Blue Jays (15, 215): JOSH JOHNSON 73, JOSH THOLE 22, r.a. DICKEY 16, COLBY Rasmus 12, Brandon MORROW 11, HENRY Blanco 11, MARK Buehrle 10, CHAD Jenkins 10, MARK DeRosa 10, DREW Hutchison 8, Esmil ROGERS 7, BRAD Lincoln 7, Sergio SANTOS 6, Moises SIERRA 6, Aaron LOUP 6

Red Sox (20, 507): FRANKLIN MORALES 124, Ryan DEMPSTER 63, Allen WEBSTER 62, ALFREDO Aceves 61, JOHN LACKEY 29, BROCK HOLT 20, MIKE CARP 18, KOJI Uehara 15, Steven WRIGHT 13, DAN BUTLER 12, RUBBY De La Rosa 12, Andrew BAILEY 11, DRAKE Britton 10, MIKE Napoli 10, CLAY Buchholz 9, Andrew MILLER 8, PEDRO Ciriaco 8, Stephen DREW 8, Daniel BARD 7, WILL Middlebrooks 7

Braves (15,428): REED JOHNSON 72, Chris JOHNSON 67, David CARPENTER 63, Freddie FREEMAN 62, Jonny VENTERS 60, MIKE MINOR 17, Brandon BEACHY 16, JORDAN Walden 14, JORDAN Schafer 14, CORY Gearrin 9, CORY Rasmus 9, KRIS Medlen 8, David HALE 7, Gerald LAIRD 6, DAN Uggla 4

Brewers (21, 324): ALFREDO Figaro 61, SCOOTER Gennett 59, JOSH PRINCE 24, JOHNNY Hellweg 19, JIMMY Henderson 19, MARK ROGERS 17, JOHN Axford 14, Rickie WEEKS 12, BURKE Badenhop 11, JEAN Segura 11, NICK Bucci 10, MIKE Fiers 10, WILY Peralta 10, MARTIN Maldonado 8, Corey HART 7, Taylor GREEN 6, LOGAN Schafer 6, SANTO Manzanillo 5, ARIEL Pena 5, TOM Gorzelanny 5, MAT Gamel 5

Cardinals (18, 458): Adam WAINWRIGHT 70, MATT CARPENTER 69, Adron CHAMBERS 67, Chris CARPENTER 63, Sam FREEMAN 62, JOE KELLY 22, JAKE Westbrook 15, Jon JAY 13, VICTOR Marte 11, RANDY Choate 9, Keith BUTLER 8, Shelby MILLER 8, MARC Rzepczynski 8, LANCE Lynn 7, Jason MOTTE 7, TONY Cruz 7, MATT Adams 6, MATT Holliday 6

Cubs (12, 134): JUNIOR LAKE 21, SHAWN CAMP 21, JOSH Vitters 14, BROOKS Raley 12, HECTOR Rondon 11, Darwin BARNEY 11, Scott BAKER 11, Travis WOOD 8, BRENT Lillibridge 7, LOGAN Watkins 6, MATT Garza 6, MATT Szczur 6

Diamondbacks (22, 387): a.j. POLLOCK 65, ALFREDO Marte 61, Miguel MONTERO 59, JOSH PARR 20, HEATH BELL 17, j.j. PUTZ 15, JOSH Collmenter 14, JOSH Wilson 14, CLIFF Pennington 13, Charles BREWER 11, CHASE Anderson 10, Eric SMITH 10, JOE Paterson 10, Wil NIEVES 9, WILLIE Bloomquist 9, MARTIN Prado 8, WADE Miley 8, TONY Sipp 7, BRAD Ziegler 7, Aaron HILL 7, TONY Campana 7, MATT Reynolds 6

Dodgers (17, 226): Justin SELLERS 57, JOSH WALL 21, MATT KEMP 18, NICK PUNTO 17, JERRY Hairston 15, JOSH Beckett 14, SHAWN Tolleson 11, CHAD Billingsley 10, Stephen FIFE 10, MARK Ellis 10, SKIP Schumaker 10, Brandon LEAGUE 7, MATT Guerrier 6, MATT Magill 6, CARL Crawford 6, TED Lilly 4, DEE Gordon 4

Giants (17, 217): JAKE DUNNING 74, HUNTER PENCE 18, ANGEL PAGAN 14, MATT CAIN 12, HECTOR Sanchez 11, JEAN Machi 11, CHAD Gaudin 10, NICK Noonan 10, SANDY Rosario 9, BUSTER Posey 8, TONY Abreu 7, ANGEL Villalona 6, ROGER Kieschnick 6, Brandon BELT 6, Brett PILL 6, Joaquin ARIAS 5, DAN Runzler 4

Indians (19, 252): NICK SWISHER 73, JOE SMITH 20, RICH HILL 16, JOSH Tomlin 14, David HUFF 13, FRANK Herrmann 12, NICK Hagadone 10, Bryan SHAW 10, MIKE Aviles 10, MIKE McDade 10, MARK Reynolds 10, t.j. HOUSE 8, Blake WOOD 8, DREW Stubbs 8, Michael BOURN 7, TREY Haley 7, CORD Phelps 7, MATT Albers 6, Chen-Chang LEE 3

Mariners (15, 353): FRANKLIN Gutierrez 65, CHARLIE Furbush 62, Jesus MONTERO 59, Kendrys MORALES 59, JOSH Kinney 14, CHANCE Ruffin 13, KELLY Shoppach 12, HECTOR Noesi 11, BOBBY LaFromboise 11, JOE Saunders 10, Yoervis MEDINA 9, CARTER Capps 8, Jason BAY 8, Michael MORSE 7, TOM Wilhelmsen 5

Marlins (14, 225): Chris HATCHER 65, ALFREDO Silverio 61, BRAD HAND 15, JOHN Maine 14, MIKE Dunn 10, CHAD Qualls 10, JOE Mahoney 10, WADE LeBlanc 8, Jacob TURNER 6, Donovan SOLANO 6, LOGAN Morrison 6, TOM Koehler 5, ROB Brantly 5, DAN Jennings 4

Mets (17, 244): Zack WHEELER 63, JOHN BUCK 26, HANSEL ROBLES 17, Daniel MURPHY 16, JOSH Edgin 14, David WRIGHT 13, Zach LUTZ 13, FRANK Francisco 12, Greg BURKE 11, BOBBY Parnell 11, MIKE Baxter 10, Gonzalez GERMEN 9, KIRK Nieuwenhuis 7, Justin TURNER 6, MATT Harvey 6, Scott RICE 6, Dillon GEE 4

Nationals (17, 144): JORDAN Zimmermann 14, Bryce HARPER 11, HENRY Rodriguez 11, Ryan PERRY 10, Corey BROWN 10, CHAD Tracy 10, Nathan KARNS 9, SANDY Leon 9, Zach DUKE 9, Yunesky MAYA 9, DREW Storen 8, Jhonatan SOLANO 6, ROGER Bernadina 6, COLE Kimball 6, MATT Purke 6, Denard SPAN 6, DAN Haren 4

Orioles (13, 312): Jim JOHNSON 67, Steve JOHNSON 67, Danny VALENCIA 63, TOMMY HUNTER 21, PEDRO STROP 15, JAKE Arrieta 15, j.j. HARDY 12, Adam JONES 12, MIKE Belfiore 10, NICK Markakis 10, TROY Patton 7, l.j. HOES 7, MATT Wieters 6

Padres (23, 358): JOE THATCHER 76, Jason MARQUIS 68, JOHN BAKER 25, BRAD BRACH 19, Jaff DECKER 13, Kyle BLANKS 12, Casey KELLY 12, TOMMY Layne 12, YONDER Alonso 10, CHASE Headley 10, NICK Vincent 10, NICK Hundley 10, MARK Kotsay 10, JOE Wieland 10, CORY Luebke 9, Cody RANSOM 8, MILES Mikolas 7, BRAD Boxberger 7, WILL Venable 7, Huston STREET 6, LOGAN Forsythe 6, Anthony BASS 6, DALE Thayer 5

Phillies (21, 323): Zach COLLIER 59, Tyson GILLIES 58, JIMMY Rollins 19, CLIFF LEE 16, JAKE Diekman 15, BEN REVERE 14, JOHN Lannan 14, JOHN Mayberry 14, CHASE Utley 10, Domonic BROWN 10, MIKE Adams 10, CHAD Durbin 10, JOE Savery 10, Laynce NIX 10, Michael YOUNG 9, Delmon YOUNG 9, Ethan MARTIN 8, Mauricio ROBLES 8, Jeremy HORST 8, ENDER Inciarte 6, COLE Hamels 6

Pirates (19, 302): CHARLIE Morton 62, STARLING Marte 59, JERRY SANDS 21, JOSH Harrison 14, JOHN McDonald 14, Neil WALKER 13, Vic BLACK 13, Garrett JONES 12, Jordy MERCER 10, CHASE d'Arnaud 10, MARK Melancon 10, GABY Sanchez 10, DUKE Welker 9, Bryan MORRIS 8, Russell MARTIN 8, PEDRO Alvarez 8, Travis SNIDER 7, TONY Watson 7, TONY Sanchez 7

Rangers (22, 323): Michael KIRKMAN 62, Derek HOLLAND 61, COLBY LEWIS 20, CORY BURNS 16, David MURPHY 16, JOSH Lindblom 14, MATT WEST 13, Jeff BAKER 11, Craig GENTRY 10, MIKE Olt 10, JOE Nathan 10, JOE Ortiz 10, Justin MILLER 8, MARTIN Perez 8, Leonys MARTIN 8, ROMAN Mendez 7, LANCE Berkman 7, Wilmer FONT 7, Derek LOWE 7, TANNER Scheppers 6, NELSON Cruz 6, MATT Harrison 6

Rays (14, 208): KELLY JOHNSON 79, JAKE McGee 15, JAKE Odorizzi 15, JOSH Lueke 14, Jamey WRIGHT 13, FRANK De Los Santos 12, Chris ARCHER 11, Alex COBB 10, MIKE Montgomery 10, David PRICE 9, MATT Moore 6, MATT Joyce 6, BEN Zobrist 5, Hak-Ju LEE 3

Reds (19, 387): Aroldis CHAPMAN 66, Sean MARSHALL 63, ALFREDO Simon 61, JOSH RAVIN 22, HOMER BAILEY 21, JOHNNY Cueto 19, JACK Hannahan 17, JOEY Votto 14, Donald LUTZ 13, JAY Bruce 13, j.j. HOOVER 12, HENRY Rodriguez 11, MIKE Leake 10, NICK Masset 10, Bronson ARROYO 9, PEDRO Villarreal 8, TONY Cingrani 7, LOGAN Ondrusek 6, MAT Latos 5

Rockies (18, 523): REX BROTHERS 73, Ryan WHEELER 63, Tim WHEELER 63, CHARLIE Culberson 62, CHARLIE Blackmon 62, Jon GARLAND 59, DEXTER FOWLER 26, JOSH OUTMAN 22, JORDAN Pacheco 14, JOSH Sullivan 14, JOSH Rutledge 14, JOE Gardner 10, Eric YOUNG 9, DREW Pomeranz 8, TROY Tulowitzki 7, Chris NELSON 6, MATT Belisle 6, ROB Scahill 5

Royals (18, 417): Elliot JOHNSON 67, Greg HOLLAND 61, James SHIELDS 61, Tim COLLINS 59, JOHN LAMB 22, JOHNNY Giavotella 19, BILLY BUTLER 18, Donnie JOSEPH 18, WILL SMITH 17, KELVIN Herrera 13, Justin MARKS 11, MIKE Moustakas 10, David LOUGH 9, Aaron CROW 9, WADE Davis 8, Lorenzo CAIN 6, LOUIS Coleman 5, NOEL Arguelles 4

Tigers (16, 336): QUINTIN BERRY 76, PRINCE FIELDER 71, Omar INFANTE 60, DON KELLY 16, TORII HUNTER 14, MAX Scherzer 12, VICTOR Martinez 11, Danny WORTH 11, Duane BELOW 10, Andy DIRKS 10, Phil COKE 10, RICK Porcello 10, Darin DOWNS 9, DREW Smyly 8, MATT Tuiasosopo 6, AL Alburquerque 2

Twins (18, 224): Scott DIAMOND 61, Brian DOZIER 16, Aaron HICKS 14, JOSH Roenicke 14, JOSH Willingham 14, MIKE Pelfrey 10, JOE Mauer 10, JOE Benson 10, Kyle GIBSON 9, Jared BURTON 8, PEDRO Hernandez 8, PEDRO Florimon 8, Tim WOOD 8, DREW Butera 8, Trevor MAY 8, Josmil PINTO 7, COLE De Vries 6, GLEN Perkins 5

White Sox (20, 257): Tyler FLOWERS 63, JAKE PEAVY 28, BRENT MOREL 14, JORDAN Danks 14, JOHN Danks 14, JOSH Phegley 14, JESSE Crain 12, Nate JONES 12, HECTOR Santiago 11, HECTOR Gimenez 11, Deunte HEATH 11, Donnie VEAL 7, Dewayne WISE 7, NESTOR Molina 6, SANTOS Rodriguez 6, ANGEL Sanchez 6, MATT Lindstrom 6, MATT Thornton 6, Addison REED 5, Chris SALE 4

Yankees (12, 233): Joba CHAMBERLAIN 70, Brett MARSHALL 63, CORBAN JOSEPH 28, SHAWN Kelley 11, MARK Teixeira 10, Jayson NIX 10, Adam WARREN 9, Vernon WELLS 8, Ivan NOVA 7, Boone LOGAN 6, Melky MESA 6, BEN Francisco 5

My thanks to Ken Arneson for help with the rosters.

Diane Firstman runs the Value Over Replacement Grit blog. She previously wrote the all-Haiku season preview and the Opening Day crossword puzzle for the SweetSpot blog. She's on Twitter @dianagram.

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