Twins pitcher Simeon Woods Richardson is making his MLB debut today, and I guess you could say he’s really making a name for himself.
“Woods Richardson” has 15 letters. That’s one more than Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s 14 letters, which up until now has been the undisputed longest surname in MLB history.
But Woods Richardson is clearly in a different category, because his surname is really two names, while Salty achieved his prodigious letter count with a single name.
Obviously, we’re going to be seeing more and more lengthy NOBs as players with compound surnames reach the pro ranks. I have nothing against compound surnames, but I think their letter count should be assessed differently than the non-compound variety.
So for now, I move that we still recognize Salty as holding the record for the longest non-compound NOB, while Woods Richardson is the new standard-bearer for compound NOBs. What say ye?
Meanwhile, the Twins really need to get some compressed lettering for Woods Richardson’s NOB, so he can avoid the dreaded “around the world” treatment (last seen on Dee Strange-Gordon). Perhaps they should go with the double-decker approach, which Cubs prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong has been wearing lately.