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Gift Ngoepe Enters Sweet Sixteen Of Minors Moniker Madness

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So, Minor League Baseball's website has an awesome idea: they're running a tournament to determine who has the best name in all the minor leagues. So far, Chorye Spoone, Sharlon Schoop, Dale Cornstubble, Ben Tootle, Buddy Boshers, Al Alburquerque, Petey Paramore, and Sugar Ray Marimon have all been eliminated (and yes, these are all the names of actual baseball players, not '80s video game characters). But the Pirates' own Gift Ngoepe is still very much alive after improbably beating out ZeErika McQueen in Round Two. Now he faces a tough matchup against the Braves' Brett Butts, so head on over there and give Gift your support.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.