But I digress. This is about All-Star teams made up of players with plant and animal names. I know, you probably stay up at night wondering if a team of players with names that sound like plants would be better than a team of players with names that sound like animals. I have to admit – there’s a slight imbalance in the concept. Generic plant-related names show up a lot more than animal ones: you’re more likely to see ‘cobb’ and ‘bush’ than ‘hoof-paw’ (Also, Micah Hoffpauir totally didn’t make it.)
This was really the brainchild of Mr. Tiger – we combed through the career WAR leaders at each position and picked the highest one with a plant/animal name tie, but sometimes we deferred to the ‘rule of interesting’. There are a lot of doubles on the animal team, but the plant team would be totally full of Berry/Barrys otherwise.
Here they are:
Yeah, Quisenberry might be a stretch. Boohoo. He still doesn’t match up to Goose, but I’d say plants still come out well ahead.