Meet the Men of Troy (Sorta)

Wednesday, December 28 2005 @ 03:12 PM EST

Contributed by: Mick Doherty

Did you know that only 11 men in major league history have carried the name of "Troy"?

Sorry, LaTroy Hawkins, you don't count. Neither do you Jim "The Troy Terrier" Egan. Nor do the rosterfuls of players for the upstate New York-based 1871-72 Troy Haymakers or 1879-82 Troy Trojans.

Actually, two of those 11 aforementioned Troys were middle names -- though the players, Afenir and Brohawn, both went/go by "Troy" -- and two more were last/family names for a couple of guys named, no kidding here, "Bun" and "Dasher."

The two best "Men of Troy" -- one pitcher, one position player -- were even teammates from 1998-2004 with the Angels, those of course being closer Troy Percival and new Blue Jay acquisition Troy Glaus.

But with these few options, the question remains ... can we build a Hall of Names team for The Men of Troy? It seems doubtful that we'll get a full lineup, but let's see.

The Men of Troy
** Indicates Hall of Famer (none!)
* indicates All-Star (just two)

No "Troy" has ever managed in the big leagues.

C Troy Afenir (.190, parts of four seasons, 1987-92)
1B Troy Neel (.280, 37 homers, 1992-94; mostly DH)
2B Dasher Troy (.243, 1881-85)
3B Troy Glaus (219 homers through 2005)
LF Troy O'Leary (.272, 127 homers in 11 years)
RHSP Troy Mattes (3-3 for 2001 MON)
RHSP Bun Troy (0-1 in one start for 1912 DET)
RHRP Troy Percival** (324 saves through 2005)
RHRP Troy Puckett (0-0 in 2 IP for 1911 PHI)
LHRP Troy Brohawn (4-4, 2001-03)
RHS/RP Troy Herriage (1-13 for 1956 KCA)

Nope ... we're not gonna get there. And "LaTroy" doesn't help us as we have plenty of pitching, comparatively speaking. In fact, two of the four guys named "Trey" (Hodges and Moore) were pitchers, and while Trey Lunsford is actually no improvement over the .190-hitting Afenir behind the plate, Trey Beamon could at least capably fill one of the holes in the OF. If we're looking for anagrams, there has never been a "Tory" to play big league ball, though both Torii Hunter and Torey Lovullo could probably help this squad.

So here's the question ... how do we fill out The Men of Troy, Bauxites? We need two OF and a shortstop (though Beamon, Hunter and Lovullo could conceivably fill those roles, we are open to alternates!) Nominations are welcome and invited ... in fact, are hereby challenged and demanded!