Some extreme fans may name their kids in honor of their favorite ballplayers, while others may do so in the hopes of raising a future All Star.
To determine the most popular MLB-inspired names, MooseRoots, a genealogy research engine, gathered the names of all 1,363 MLB players active in the 2016 season. Then, they grouped them by first name to get the count. Given that the average ballplayer's age is 28, the team examined name frequency in 1988 to assess how popular each first name was that year relative to the general population. The list — which only includes names with at least five occurrences in MLB and at least one baby per 10,000 in the general population — is ordered by how much higher the name's frequency is among MLB players compared to the general population.