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This week, the Boston Red Sox have made or have plans to make two trades, in each acquiring a 6'5" RHRP named Chad -- Bradford from the A's and Qualls from the Astros.

There is no truth to the subsequent rumour that they are hard after Blue Jay Chad Gaudin or that they have any chance at acquiring NL Saves leader Chad Cordero.

The truly remarkable thing about this confluence of Chadness ...

... is that prior to 1988, when a young catcher named Kreuter made his big league debut, there had only been one player in the entire history of the sport named Chad, another RHRP (though "only" 6'2") named Chad Kimsey, who compiled a career mark of 24-29 with 17 saves for three teams from 1929-36.

But wait! His real name was "Clyde Elias Kimsey" and he just went by the nickname Chad. So believe it or not, every single player -- okay, there are only about 20 or so -- actually named "Chad" that has appeared in the major leagues has done so in the last 17 years, or roughly since the roster's own Rob was born (and since Magpie turned 100).

There are no Chads in the Hall of Fame -- sorry, we're not counting Henry Chadwick here, and he wasn't even a player anyway. In fact, until this year and the emergence of not-Coco Cordero, there had never been a Chad named to an All-Star team.

The "Chadwick Rule" also means sayonara to RHSP Ray Chadwick, who somehow managed to go 0-5 for the 1986 AL West Champ Angels, and also to Chet Chadbourne, an OF who hit .255 in parts of five seasons over the decade-plus from 1905-18.

Incidentally, for anyone wondering (and perhaps thinking back to our little Hall of Names Geography Bee a while back), the country of Chad is in Central Africa, south of Libya. Its capital city is N'Djamena. For the record, there has never been a ballplayer named N'Djamena.

But that doesn't mean we can't try to put together an entire team of (really, what else could this team be named?) ...

The Hanging Chads
* indicates Hall of Famer ... uh, never mind.
** indicates All-Star

C Chad Moeller (.237in five seasons so far)
1B Chad Kreuter (.237 in 16 years/7 teams; six games at 1B)
2B Chad Meyers (.208 in 106 games, 1999-2003 CHC, SEA)
SS Chad Fonville (.244, 1995-99)
3B Chad Tracy (.285 in 143 games as 2005 rookie)
LF Chad Allen (.277/10/46 for 1999 MIN; bounced around since)
CF Chad Hermansen (.189 in 195 games through 2004)
RF Chad Mottola (former uber-prospect at .193 through 2004)
DH Chad Curtis (.264, 101 homers in 10 seasons)

RHSP Chad Ogea (37-35 career; 10-6 for 1996 ALC champs CLE)
RHSP Chad Gaudin (trying to work through TOR ranks)
RHSP Chad Durbin (9-16 for 2001 KCR; 17-30 career so far)
RHSP Chad Kimsey (mostly a RP, but made 10 starts)
RHSP Chad Hutchinson (24.75 career ERA; sadly, a better QB)

CL-RH Chad Cordero* (challenging Thigpen in '05)
RHRP Chad Fox (10-11, 5 saves through 2004)
LHRP Chad Zerbe (6-1 for 2000-03 SFG)
RHRP Chad Bentz (0-3, 5.86 for 2004 MON)
RHRP Chad Harville (4-4 through 2004)
RHRP Chad Paronto (1-7, 2001-03 BAL, CLE)

Well, we did it ... though barely. The Chad Cupboard sure it chock full of RHRP, though!

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gv27 - Friday, July 15 2005 @ 12:45 AM EDT (#122765) #
The all-Chad team must have been a tough one to assemble. Speaking of highly unpopular names, did you know a guy named "Oad" once pitched for the Pirates?
Rob - Friday, July 15 2005 @ 12:55 AM EDT (#122766) #
Surely Chad Bradford would be a better fit in the 'pen than Chad Bentz?
gv27 - Friday, July 15 2005 @ 01:09 AM EDT (#122768) #
Chad Curtis is the guy who hit two homers in a World Series game, and then hung around just long enough to stiff Jim Gray during the post-game interview.
Mick Doherty - Friday, July 15 2005 @ 02:05 AM EDT (#122770) #
My memory of Chad Curtis is his publicly calling out Royce Clayton, then his teammate on the Rangers, for listening to inappropriate, un-Christian rap music, which I always thought was a peculiarly unchristian thing to do.

Curtis one of those guys nobody seems to be a fan of, and for good reason, but like many people, I was always glad he was playing on teams I rooted for. He was Bernie Williams Lite, except for the whole attitude problem thing.
Thomas - Friday, July 15 2005 @ 09:08 AM EDT (#122786) #
Didn't Curtis get into a feud with someone when he was on the Yankees? I remember his Christian-feud with Clayton, but I thought there was something pretty similar that happened on New York, although I can't remember who.

I agree with Rob. Bradford would be a better fit than Bentz. Heck, he'd be in competititon with Fox for primary set-up duty, although you'd probably use him in righty-only situations and let R-L-R-L combos face Fox.

Has the rumoured Millar-Qualls swap occurred yet, or is it still (likely) speculation?
Mike Green - Friday, July 15 2005 @ 11:32 AM EDT (#122810) #
For the record, Chad Gaudin was called back up yesterday, just in time to make the team picture for "the Hanging Chads".

Mick Doherty - Friday, July 15 2005 @ 02:37 PM EDT (#122842) #
I admit, I didn't think there could possibly be a complaint about something as ludicrous as an All-Chad Team! But leave to the Box, that Chad Bradford's official fan club lives here! No, it's not enough that he's in the lead of the story ... he and his career ERA+ of 131 (oh - wow!) need to actually MAKE THE TEAM. Yessireechad.
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