Minnesota Twins: Byron Buxton Needs a Nickname
Byron Buxton has been electric in the outfield for the Minnesota Twins this year, making highlight grabs, one after another.
The Minnesota Twins have had great nicknames over the years. From Everyday Eddie Guardado to Dan “The Dazzle Man” Gladden. The last center fielder to consistently make highlight catches and rob home runs was nicknamed Spiderman. Now it’s Byron Buxton‘s turn and he needs our help.
In the Ron Gardenhire Era we were treated to great nicknames such as Mornsy and Plouffe-sy, let’s be better than that.
Let’s be clear, I should not be the one to give him this nickname, I am about as creative as a cardboard box. However, I will throw out some names to get the ball rolling.
I warned you I’m not great at this. A movie from the late 1980’s starring John Candy doesn’t exactly scream athleticism. I don’t love it.
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Byron “The Bandit” Buxton
I think this is the best one I could come up with. It has alliteration. Also, the nickname actually describes what he does in center field, which is robbing extra base hits from opposing players. Terry Francona, so impressed with our center fielder, he mused he might “still be catching balls” out in center field after the series ended.
Byron “Flash” Buxton
Everyone has a superhero nickname. So much so it’s nearly impossible to find a new one. Dwayne Wade of the Chicago Bulls has this nickname, however people share nicknames all the time. Shaquille O’Neil and Dwight Howard were both Superman (and Cam Newton). I don’t love piggy backing on a nickname, but it describes our athletic center fielder perfectly.
Here’s a nickname for you Buxton haters out there.
Not only is this an homage to his current playing number, it can also be a jab for when Byron Buxton is struggling at the plate. I for one believe he will continue to improve his hitting numbers as the season progresses, but in the off chance the hitting never develops, it’s possible he hits for a buck 25.
Which one of these is your favorite, or hopefully you have something better than I could come up with. Tell me what nickname we should give Byron Buxton or are you tired of them all together?