In this business, writers like myself deal with athletes' names, and we deal with them a lot. And in today's journalism climate, we deal a lot with technology as well.
I probably don't need to explain this to You the Reader (I know how tech-savvy you are, after all!) but a sports journalist will find himself or herself often times jotting these athlete's names down on his or her phone, what with Twitter and all the other media we use for getting information out.
And with the growing role the mobile device plays in the consumption and distribution of information, the more and more we deal with that lovely thing called autocorrect.
It really is a blessing and a curse.
When dealing with the Texas Rangers (or any major league team) consisting of primarily non-American and thus unique last names, autocorrect's creative liberty can put an interesting spin on the starting lineup. So what if we just gave Siri the reigns, and let our phones make the executive decisions while posting a lineup?
Texas Rangers All-Autocorrect Lineup:
Chop, DH -- While 'Choo' is a rather simple four-letter word, autocorrect deems the onomatopoeia less popular than the verb 'Chop.' Or, maybe it goes to chop as a jab at Choo's production at the plate, as he has chopped a lot of balls into the dirt en route to his highest ground ball rate since 2006 and his lowest line drive rate since '05.
Andries, SS -- I'm not entirely sure why autocorrect chooses Andries (what seems to be a Dutch first name, based on a quick Google search) over Andrus. Neither is a commonly-typed word, I would imagine. Honorable mention: the more American 'Andrews'
Rips, RF -- Siri thinks one is more likely to talk about rips than they are a plurality of rivers in Spanish, I suppose.
Belter, 3B -- A belter, one who belts? Beltre does his fair share of belting baseballs into the outfield, as he boasts a .319 average on the season, so I guess this one makes sense.
Addict, LF -- The keystrokes for Jim Adduci's name are extremely close to those of 'addict,' so I can't blame autocorrect for trying to do us a solid there.
Are Civil, 1B -- No matter how many times I try to type 'Arencibia,' autocorrect takes over and switches it to 'Are Civil.' There are plenty of people in my life who 'are civil,' but I don't often chat via SMS or email about their civility. Like Arencibia has done many times this year (37 strikeouts in 38 games), thats a swing and a miss, autocorrect.
Martian, CF -- 'Martin' seems like a pretty foolproof last name, and the most common of the names in the lineup. Macintosh mobile devices get this one right more often than not, but 'Martian' is thrown into the mix from time to time. Leonys has been somewhat of a space cadet in center field at times, but he's no alien.
Chorines, C -- I haven't heard Robinson Chirinos' singing voice, but I can't imagine he would want to be corrected to a word meaning 'chorus girls.'
To sales, 2B -- Adam 'To Sales' Rosales gets the start over Rougned Odor in the All-Autocorrect bunch, since Odor's last name is actually a word. 'Odor' will sometimes get corrected to 'door,' but 'To sales' is too good to leave out of the lineup. To Sales launched two home runs in his last start, and could see more innings down the stretch. While he's only played in 336 big league games over seven years, Rosales is probably glad he didn't switch to sales, as he has carved out a decent career as a utility man.
Darkish, SP -- Yu Darvish went through a darkish time before the All-Star break, as the Rangers lost four of five games in which he pitched, with Yu giving up four or more runs in each loss. But, otherwise, Darkish has been one of the few bright spots for the 2014 Rangers, so the irony in this autocorrect fail is wonderful.