How Scooter Gennett got the nickname “Scooter”

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Reds utilityman Scooter Gennett‘s real first name is Ryan and his middle name is Joseph. So how did a professional athlete get the nickname “Scooter”?

In April, before Gennett was a household name for hitting four home runs in a game, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer provided the story behind the nickname. As Gennett tells it, he was a fan of The Muppets and Muppet Babies and his favorite character was Scooter. One day, as a rebellious little kid, he refused to keep his seat belt on in the back seat while his mom was driving. After repeated attempts to get Gennett to keep his seat belt on, she drove to the police station to have an officer talk to him about car safety. The officer asked him for his name and he said “Scooter” instead of his real name because he thought he’d get arrested. The nickname stuck ever since.

The Twitter account for the Lebanon Division of Police in Ohio responded to Rosecrans’ story:

Brewers are interested in Jake Arrieta

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Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Brewers may be interested in Jake Arrieta.

The Brewers could definitely use a front line starter, especially with Jimmy Nelson slated to miss a good chunk of next season due to a rotator cuff injury. Arrieta will be expensive, obviously, but the Brewers have a lot more payroll flexibility than most teams, with only minimal money due on long term contracts. Most of that is for Ryan Braun, but even the outlay for him is reasonable, with deferred money involved. Tom Haudricourt of the Journal-Sentinel laid all of that out back in October.

Milwaukee had a surprisingly good 2017 and they have the ability to add in free agency or to take on salary in trades if they want to. Maybe they don’t get Arrieta but they could make a splash this offseason.