Does Gerald Posey have MLB’s best nickname?



By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor  | Commentary

From the Just for Fun file … 

Sometimes a baseball card can create questions … like what might the San Francisco Giants’ All-Star catcher look like as a Kansas City Royal?

In 2012 the Royals hosted the Midsummer Classic and this Topps card with a piece of Gerald Dempster Posey III‘s All-Star jersey was the result. Now, with the Fall Classic in K.C., we have a different question for you …

Where does his nickname — Buster — rank among baseball’s best?

Does Buster trump Charlie Hustle? How about The Bambino? Or Catfish?

Or Mudcat? Or Spaceman? Or what about Blue Moon or Oil Can?

Buster might be the best nickname in the game today, and one might argue it’s one of the simplest — and best — ever.

Tell us which MLB nicknames are the best today — and the best in the past — in the comments below.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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  1. phillies_joe 23 October, 2014 at 11:20

    Though different, doesn’t rank anywhere in my book. How about “Downrtown” Ollie Brown.

  2. Dan 23 October, 2014 at 12:05

    My all-time top 5:

    5) Frank “The Capital Punisher” Howard
    4) Al “The Mad Hungarian” Hbrasky
    3) Stan “The Man” Musial
    2) “Joltin'” Joe DiMaggio
    1) Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown

  3. Juan Rosales 4 November, 2014 at 12:13

    I don’t consider it a nickname, since it’s more or less officially been part of his name since his debut. Much like Chipper Jones’ first name was to him. I also don’t consider abbreviations (i.e. A-Rod, MadBum, ManRam, etc.) to be nicknames; those just come off as lazy. A true nickname (most of which have long since died out) is something along the lines of “The Big Hurt”, “The Mad Hungarian”, “Catfish”, Rapid Robert”, “The Ryan Express”, “The Crime Dog”, “The Splendid Splinter”, etc.

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