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Pittsburgh Pirates select two players with Seinfeldian names in MLB Draft


In what has to be a coincidence of comical proportions, the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted players in the first two rounds of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft with names that definitely will resonate with “Seinfeld” fans: Kevin Newman, a shortstop for the Arizona Wildcats in the first round and Kevin Kramer, a shortstop who played collegiate baseball with UCLA.

Kramer and Newman, the ineptly absurd partners in crime in numerous harebrained schemes as co-tenants in Jerry’s apartment building, even had a baseball-related misadventure when they erroneously accused Keith Hernandez of spitting on them after the two heckled him while attending a New York Mets game.

Of course, the spitter turned out to be Roger McDowell, who Hernandez pointed out was standing “behind the bushes over by that gravely road” when the expectorating assault occurred.

In any event, it’s an amusing aside worth a chuckle that demonstrates that the MLB Draft, arguably the least interesting and hyped drafts in all of professional sports, can provide entertainment beyond the speculation related to the unpredictability of how a player might develop over the period of years.

As everyone knows, when it comes to the MLB Draft, most of it is complete guesswork. Although it’s interesting to see the beginning stages, when it comes to developing a minor league system, of how the so-called sausage is made … which is something Newman and Kramer know something about all too well.


[H/T Sporting News]