June 7, 2014

John Ryan Murphy finally gets it right


John Ryan Murphy apparently doesn’t like to be called JR.

I’m not sure who started the nickname for the New York Yankees backup catcher, but I noticed this season he’s constantly been referred to as John Ryan. When I asked about it, I was simply told he didn’t like it.

That kind of sucks since nearly all of his baseball cards refer to him as JR.



His first cards appear in 2009 in Donruss Elite Edition. His first Bowman cards are from 2010. They all say J.R. Murphy, and even his autograph looks like it's written as JR.



Why didn’t he tell anyone with the card companies that he wanted John Ryan instead of JR when he signed the cards? He still had cards coming in 2011 Topps Pro Debut and 2013 Topps Heritage Minors, which still list his name as JR. Even 2014 Bowman has it that way.

It wasn’t until 2014 Topps Archives came along that his name is finally the way he wants it with John Ryan Murphy completely written out for the baseball card world.


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