March 09, 2011
After seven years of having his name incorrectly spelled and announced at major and minor league ballparks all over the United States, Los Angeles Angels first baseman Kendry Morales has decided to speak up and set the record straight.
His first name is actually spelled with an 's'.
His given name on his birth certificate is spelled Kendrys, with an "s" on the end. Asked Wednesday which spelling he preferred, Morales was adamant about restoring the final consonant.
"No, no, no, no, no. They've been spelling it wrong," he said in Spanish.
And so that 's' shall be restored. I just feel bad for the guy whose job it is to go back through the archives and add the letter to his name.
All kidding aside, I don't know why the 's' never made it to the states when Morales defected from Cuba in June 2004, and I don't know why it took Morales nearly seven years to correct us. Perhaps he was too shy to bring it to someone's attention before. Or maybe he's trying to go from the guy who is known for breaking his leg celebrating a walk-off grand slam to the guy whose name was misspelled for the better part of a decade.
Whatever the case, at least Kendrys Morales(notes) is only adding a single letter to our spelling of his name, unlike his employer, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who famously added an entire major city to theirs.