Are you a sports fans who has just recruited a barking player for your “home team”? If you are thinking about giving your dog a sports-inspired name, then we’re here to “pitch” some ideas for baseball names for dogs your way!
From team mascots and animal-loving athletes to little known baseball lingo, see if any of the following possible dog names knocks it out of the ball park.
Words Associated with America’s Favorite Pastime
- Bat Boy
- Champ, Champion
- Curve Ball
- Ump, Umpire
Lesser-Known Baseball Lingo
Bender: Another term for a curve ball.
Bigs: AKA The Major Leagues.
Blue: As blue is a typical hue for an umpire’s uniform, the color is sometimes used to refer to the sports official.
Cannon: A powerful throwing arm.
Catbird: Baseball buffs first heard the phrase “in the catbird seat” in reference to their favorite sport while listening to announcer Red Barber on the radio. The term means to be in an advantageous position.
Eephus: A word meaning a low-speed junk pitch.
Fungo: A long, light baseball bat as well as a term used for a ball which has been tossed into the air and hit by the batter.
Hose: A slang term for a strong pitching arm.
Jack: A slang term for a home run.
Loogy: An acronym which means “Left-handed One Out Guy.”
Meatball: This term describes a pitch that is easy to hit.
Moonshot: Named after three-time World Series champion Wally Moon’s home runs, today the term describes any high homer.
Pea: A baseball traveling at a high velocity.
Rhubarb: Known on the baseball field as an argument between players, fans of classic movies may recognize the moniker as the title of a 1951 comedy which starred an orange tabby who becomes the owner of a baseball team when his millionaire owner passes away.
Ribbie or Ribeye: Lingo for a RBI (run batted in).
Slurve: A curve ball thrown by the pitcher as a slider.
Snowman: When a team scores eight runs in an inning.
Southpaw: A left-handed pitcher.
Submarine: Sometimes called an upside down release, a submarine in a pitching method by which the ball is released below pitcher’s waist.
Tater: Slang terminology for a home run.
Wheelhouse: The most advantageous area in a hitter’s strike zone.
Yak or Yakker: A curve ball.
Yicketty: According to Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Chipper Jones, yicketty means a homer.
Baseball Names for Dogs Related to Classic Baseball Players
- Hank Aaron
- Yogi Berra
- Wade Boggs
- Berry Bonds
- Rod Carew
- Roberto Clemente
- Ty Cobb
- Joe DiMaggio: At Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, therapy dogs with the facility’s Pet-A-Pet program provide comfort, support and a smile to young patients and their parents.
- Lou Gehrig
- Sandy Koufax
- Mickey Mantle
- Willie Mays
- Satchel Paige
- Jackie Robinson
- Pudge Rodriguez
- Babe Ruth
- Cy Young
Baseball Stars Who Help Animals in Need
Mark Buehrle: A champion for the underdog, the former pitcher/Athletes for Animals ambassador/Pit Bull pet parent promoted Stand Up for Pits’ Million Pibble March to end BSL (Breed Specific Legislation).
Trevor Cahill: The pitcher for the San Francisco Giants helps to pitch the option of pet adoption as an athlete ambassador for Athletes for Animals.
Barry Enright: The professional pitcher (and proud pet parent to two rescue dogs) steps up to the plate to help our four-legged friends in need as an ambassador for Athletes for Animals. His wife Alexis also pitches in by donating a portion of the proceeds form her Etsy store The Loving Paw to animal rescue organizations across the country.
David Freese: The former corner infielder goes to bat for dogs and cats in need as an ambassador for Athletes for Animals.
Tony La Russa: The former manager who led three teams to World Series wins has won the admiration of dog lovers as the co-founder of Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF).
Evan Longoria: During his days as a Tampa Bay Ray, Longo helped dogs and cats who heed forever homes by making a donation to Pet Pal Animal Shelter each time he scored a home run.
Kyle McClellan: An Athletes for Animals ambassador, the 2011 World Series champ once chowed down on a dog treat for a challenge which raised funds for Stray Rescue of St. Louis’s Sidney Strum Animal Abuse Fund.
Lance McCullers Jr.: As the founder of The Lance McCullers Jr. Foundation, the Houston Astros pitcher helps companion animals who have been thrown a curve ball by life. The non-profit partners with Houston area shelters and rescue organizations to help make “Space City” a no-kill city.
Jake Odorizzi: In the 2019 season the Minnesota Twins pitcher’s strikeouts garnered more than $9,000 for Animal Humane Society.
Jimmy Rollins: The former shortstop for the Philadelphia Phillies opened the The Rollins Center for Animal Rehabilitation in 2013. The state-of-the-art facility, which was created thanks to a partnership with the Saint Francis Veterinary Center, assists four-legged patients with post-surgical recovery; works toward the prevention of further injury; aids in the management of chronic conditions, such as arthritis and degenerative disease, and offers a range of beneficial therapies.
Trevor Rosenthal: The pitcher for the Kansas City Royals has teamed up with several animal welfare organizations over the course of his athletic career, including the Humane Society of St. Louis and Athletes for Animals. In 2014 he helped Rovers let the good times roll as the Grand Marshall of the Beggin’ Pet Parade, which raised thousands for the Open Door Animal Sanctuary.
Tyson Ross: Hitting a home run in the heart of dog lovers, the pitcher for the San Francisco Giants pitched the option of pet adoption by taking part in Petco Foundation’s Think Adoption First PSAs.
Cameron Rupp: In 2017 the Phillies catcher caught the attention of animal lovers when he hosted the Ruppapalooza fundraiser to help PSPCA.
Max Scherzer: The two-time Cy Young Award recipient is a long-time supporter of the Humane Rescue Alliance.
Brad Thompson: The former pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals still pitches the option of pet adoption as an ambassador for Athletes for Animals.
Justin Verlander: Co-host of an annual Grand Slam pet adoption event, the Houston Astros pitcher is the founder of the Wins for Warriors Foundation, which includes an Adopt. Rescue. Heal. program that helps both shelter dogs and military veterans.
Matt Wieters: During his days with the Baltimore Orioles, the catcher captured the attention of animal lovers by posing with his cat for Show Your Soft Side’s campaign to end animal cruelty, by taking part in the Oriole’s annual pet calendar (which raises funds for the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter), and by matching end-of-year donations to BARCS during the 2015 holiday season.
Dog Names Related to Baseball Teams
Athletic: The Athletics go to bat annually for Dogs4Diabetics and Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) during their Bark in the Park game.
Brave: The Atlanta Braves hit a home run in the hearts of their fans when they host Bark in the Park games which raise funds for, and awareness of, Tony LaRussa’s Animal Welfare Foundation.
Brewer: Fans cheered for the Milwaukee Brewers when the team adopted a homeless dog they dubbed Hank the Ballpark Pup.
Diamondback: Did you know that the D-Backs host a Bark at the Park game every year which raises funds for animals in need?
Met: The Mets step up to the plate to help animals in need by raising funds for North Shore Animal League America through their Bark at the Park events.
National: Not only do the Nationals play for a paws cause when they take to the baseball diamond during their Bark in the Park games, the team also helps dogs and cats who are counting the days until their find their forever home by posing each year for a fundraising pet calendar.
Oriole: Each year the Orioles step off of the baseball diamond and step in front of a camera with adoptable canines and four-legged members from their own home team for a collectible pet calendar which raises funds for The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS).
Padre: The Padres love pups so much that pooches whose pet parents purchase tickets for the Petco Barkyard inside the team’s stadium can watch the Padres play ball at every home game.
Pirate: Dogs and cats who have been thrown a curve ball by life have found themselves back in the game thanks in part to the members of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who raise funds for area animal shelters with every Tuesday Pup Nights at PNC Park home game they play .
Ray: The Rays have raised funds for animals in need through the sale of their Players and Pooches calendar.
Red: Fans are tickled pink that the Reds invite adoptables from SPCA Cincinnati to their Bark in the Park games.
Rocky: The Rockies raise funds for Tony LaRussa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) at their Bark at the Park game.
Royal: The Royals are princes among men, raising funds for animal rescues through their annual Bark at the Park events.
Baseball Team Mascot Names
- Ace, Junior— Toronto Blue Jays
- Barrelman, Bernie Brewer, Sausages– Milwaukee Brewers
- Baxter (the Bobcat)– Arizona Diamondbacks
- Billy (The Marlin)– Miami Marlin
- Blooper– Atlanta Braves
- Clark– Chicago Cubs
- Dinger– Colorado Rockies
- DJ Kitty, Raymond– Tampa Bay Rays
- Fredbir, Rally Squirrel– St. Louis Cardinals
- Gapper, Mr. Red, Mr Redlegs, Rosie Red– Cincinnati Reds
- Lou Seal– San Francisco Giants
- Mariner Moose– Seattle Mariners
- Mr Met, Mrs. Met– New York Mets
- Orbit– Houston Astros
- Paws– Detroit Tigers
- Phillie Phanatic– Philadelphia Phillies
- Pierogis– Pittsburgh Pirates
- Screech– Washington Nationals
- Slider– Cleveland Indians
- Sluggerrr– Kansas City Royals
- Southpaw– Chicago White Sox
- Stomper– Oakland Athletics
- T.C. Bear– Minnesota Twins
- Wally the Green Monster, Tessie– Boston Red Sox