There have been about 160 players in MLB history with the last name "Smith," and about 111 with the last name Johnson. Other common baseball last names include "Davis," "Jackson," "Jones" and "Gonzalez." So it's actually a bit surprising that, for Friday's game against the Twins, the White Sox managed to do something that's never been done before -- start three outfielders with the same last name:
All of the Garcías. pic.twitter.com/QrVgvxmY74- Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) April 14, 2017
From left to right, that's Avisail Garcia, Willy Garcia and Leury Garcia (the outfielders are not related). Now, all White Sox need to do is trade for Brett Anderson, and then they'll have a full house.
Wait, you might be thinking, didn't Felipe, Matty and Jesus Alou start a game together when they played for the Giants? The answer to that question is below:
White Sox will be 1st MLB team to start 3 OFs with same last name … any last name, that is. The Alous played together, but not as starters. https://t.co/oKaLGpQlqB- Elias Sports Bureau (@EliasSports) April 14, 2017
Though they occasionally played in the same game together, you never saw "Alou" written three times on a starting lineup. From the New York Times:
The outfielders themselves think it's pretty cool.
"That's going to make this game more special because it's something happening for the first time in the Major Leagues," Willy told MLB.com's Patrick Donnelly through an interpreter. "Something that's going to be fun too is if someone calls us by our last name, we're not going to know who they're calling."
Each Garcia recorded at least one hit in Chicago's 2-1 win (Avisail - 2 H, 1 R, 1 RBI), (Willy - 1 H), (Leury - 1 H, 1 R). So, maybe the White Sox need to get themselves even more Garcias?