Despite his fantastic debut on Tuesday, Jay Bruce has his work cut out for him if he aspires to an All-Star career. He has more than just the usual hurdles working against him, too, because for an indicator of future success, you are required to look no further than a player's name.
The list of great (or even good) ballplayers with two first names just ain't that long, so we have taken it upon ourselves to put together an all-time list of great players with two first names.
(The names of Hall of Fame members are italicized.)
Infield: C — Bill Dickey 1B — Buck Leonard 2B — Billy Herman 3B — George Brett. SS — Bill Russell
Outfield: Hank Aaron, Eddie Murray (three career games in LF!), Joe Carter
Designated Hitter: Frank Thomas
Pitching staff: Steve Carlton, Nolan Ryan, Joe Nathan
Bench: Gary Carter, Bill Terry, Joe Morgan, Fred Lynn, Mark Grace, Frank Howard, Ryan Howard, Juan Samuel
Managers and coaches: Connie Mack, Roger Craig, Tom Kelly
Did we miss anyone? Who else out there belongs in the MLB players with two first names group?