Anthony works in a grocery store, but not for the Indians

Well, it appears I pulled a bit of a head-fake here. And it wasn’t even intentional. When I wrote the prompt below for someone to name the last Anthony to play for the Indians, I mistakenly assumed there was an Anthony who has played for the Indians.

Shortly after posting that item, I glanced down the Indians’ all-time roster to find — lo and behold — Anthony Reyes is the first. Unbelievable.

Bart Swain asked if Tonys — such as Tony Bernazard, Tony Curry, Tony Pena – should count, and answer is simple. No. No. A thousand times no. I hate the name Tony (apologies to all Tonys… or is it Tonies?) Tony has always struck me as the name of a plumber with greasy elbows (apologies to all plumbers… and all people with greasy elbows). I do not associate Anthonys with Tonys. We are separate entities entirely.

I turned to Bart and asked, “How could this be?” In their 107-year history, the Indians have had a Heinz, a Seabron, a Chico, a Coco, an Asdrubal, an Elmer, a Napoleon, a Barney, a Merten, an Ossee, a Bubba, a Tito and a Hoot, but never an Anthony?

Bart said, “If you think about it, there are very few Anthonys in baseball.”

“What are you trying to say?” I asked.

“It seems to me to be a general lack of talent,” he replied.

So thank you, Anthony Reyes. This is one for our side!

4 Comments

you’ve won this round…

tony castricone is coming for you and he’s coming hard.

ah damn, i didn’t mean that…

Alas, no, the records you search are not complete. As a young pup, my favorite Indians player was Tony Horton, properly named Anthony Horton: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Horton

A promising career cut short, but the man could hit.

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