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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Kansas City Royals

KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 23: Ervin Santana #54 of the Kansas City Royals pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Kauffman Stadium on April 23, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Athlete name changes

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Some athletes have changed their names because of religion, some just had a nickname that stuck with them, and others just do whatever they want and we can’t explain why. Here are some of the notable name changes and aliases in the world of sports.