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Pirates Could Set Record For 'McPlayers'

Most Pirates fans know that the Bucs have a lot of players whose last names start with "Mc" -- heck, there's a blog whose name is based around that observation. But Pirates.com's Tom Singer points out that all the McPirates could actually set a record this year.

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[T]he Pirates could break the 100-year old Major League regular-season record for most McPlayers on a team.

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Sure, such a record exists, confirmation courtesy of the SABR crew: Five turn-of-the-century teams -- the last century -- had five each, the most recent of them the 1912 Tigers (Red McDermott, Dan McGarvey, Jim McGarr, Deacon McGuire and Pat McGehee).

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Singer reports that the 1884 Washington Nationals (and yes, that's what they were called) of the Union Association had six players whose names started with "Mc."

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The Pirates are likely to have six this year, with Andrew McCutchen, Daniel McCutchen, James McDonald, Casey McGehee, Nate McLouth and Michael McKenry all likely to receive at least some playing time. Whether they make it to seven will likely depend on starting pitching prospect Kyle McPherson, who made his way to Class AA Altoona last season.

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