Tyler, Taylor, Tyler Houlton discussed on Effectively Wild: A FanGraphs Baseball Podcast


And extended stay in the majors. Hopefully he'll be back, but Tyler houlton debuted for the Diamondbacks on April 28th. He's a lefty reliever and he pitched a scoreless inning in his debut, but he was in the majors, I believe, for less than 24 hours, because he was optioned to just immediately after that debut, but hey, P is 25, hopefully he'll be back. I will link to an article about Tyler Holton if you want to know more about him. But that's just gonna be my excuse here to talk about Tyler's and to a lesser extent Taylor's in the majors because what prompted this was our discussion of Taylor ward, who is a teammate of Tyler wade, and it's impossible to keep those guys straight and then you have Tyler Anderson and Tyler Alexander, or I guess really the poster boys for Tyler and Taylor would be the Rogers as a writer. And Taylor Rogers, the twins, so I got some stats on this from frequent stat plastic consultant Ryan Nelson. Just about the Tyler Taylor takeover of the major leagues because it has been swift and complete. So but not Taylor Swift. No, not Taylor Swift. It has just been such a rapid rise. Such a steep ascent in the number of tailors in Tyler's in the majors. It's kind of incredible. I will share the data here, but basically I got data from Ryan, who is on Twitter at RS Nelson 23 on just common names just the most number of any type of names that have been in the big leagues in any season or just the percentage of all names. And they are mostly the ones that you would expect. Like if you are curious about the most players with the same name in any given season, it's Mike in 1995. That was peak mic everyone wanted to be like Mike at that time. And they all just were Mike. So you had 60 mics in 95, you had 58 mics and 96 and 58 makes and 98. The top of the leaderboard, it's just dominated by Mike's basically. If you sort it by percentage of all players as opposed to number of all players, then you get Jack at the top in 1903, there were 368 major leaguers, 26 of them were named Jack that is 7.07% of all big leaguers were named Jack that year. So we missed peak Jack, which must have been confusing. And if you go by percentage after Jack, there are a bunch of bills. You had almost 7% bills in 1901, and then in the 50s, particularly, you had just tons and tons of bobs and bob has kind of fallen out of favor, John Boyce did a whole two part documentary about the bob emergency, how we're just not seeing as many athletes named bob anymore. But for a while there, particularly in the 50s, you had basically 6% or more of major leaguers were named bob that kind of lingered into the 60s. So it's all kind of the names you would expect. I mean, you had Jackson bills and bobs and gyms and makes and Johnny's. They've all had years when they were 5 or more percent of the league. Now, Taylor and Tyler, they haven't quite been at that level, but we see names come in and out of Vogue. So, you know, we don't get reds and rubes anymore. So much there used to be big and names will show up as the demographics of baseball change. So the highest ranking Latin name Jose in 2001 did about 2% of players. But the thing about Taylor's and Tyler's, there was not a Tyler in the major leagues until 1993. What? Yeah. No. Not a Tyler. Not a single one? No. The Tyler in the coal mine, the trailblazing Tyler, was Tyler green, who debuted for the Phillies in 1993 as a 23 year old pitcher. No Tyler's before that, and barely any tailors, there had been some Taylor's long before that. But it's just amazing because in the past couple of years, if you combine them, which is unfair, I guess they are two different names. But they do confuse us because they do. They rose at the same time and they sound similar. And so to me, it's just like a whole lump of Tyler's and Taylor's really why even differentiate. A rat king of Tyler's. Yeah. There are other names like that. I mean, I guess you got your brand ins in your Brendan's, but there aren't that many Brendan's actually. There are a lot of brandons. They're just a ton of Tyler's and a fair number of tailors too. And so when you put them together, they have actually become the most common name. Like, again, I'm cheating here because I'm lumping together two names, but sure. We do lump them together. And just the most common name. So Taylor Tyler, in 1993, that was the first year. So 1992, there were no Tyler's or Taylor's 93. There was a Tyler and no tailors. So as late as 2003, there was only one tailor or Tyler in the majors that was Tyler Houston in his final season in the majors was the lone Tyler or Taylor that year. So 2003, one guy named Tyler or Taylor. 2019, 33 Tyler's or Taylor's appeared. And it ramped up so quickly, so it grew gradually like 2012 you had 14 Tyler Taylor's 2014, you had 16 in 2015, 22,016 27, 2017 30. That was the first year that Tyler Taylor, if we lump them together, became the most popular name, the most common name among major leaguers. And then 30 as well in 2018, 33 in 2019, 29 and 2020 and 2021 in 2027..

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