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Giancarlo Stanton and 10 Other Athletes Who Made Weird Name Changes

Budding Miami Marlins star Mike Stanton has made a name for himself in recent years, but now he’s changing that name to Giancarlo Stanton. It’s actually his real name and he only switched to “Mike” when his classmates in school struggled to get his name right.

While Stanton’s switch might seem strange to some, other athletes before him have made way more bizarre name changes. Here’s a look back at 10 of the best.

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Brady Quinn and 4 Other NFL Backup Quarterbacks Who Aired Their Grievances

It must be hard to be second string at such a high-profile position as quarterback. Some NFL players have filled backup duties with patience and hard work, biding their time until opportunity strikes. League MVP Aaron Rodgers, for instance, rode the pine behind Brett Favre for three seasons with the Green Bay Packers before earning the starting job for himself.

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New York Knicks Guard Jeremy Lin and Five Other Superstar Athletes Who Went to Harvard

New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin is lighting up the league with his stellar play, propelling the Knicks back from the brink of yet another disappointing season.

But you can’t talk about Lin without mentioning his alma mater, Harvard University, from which he graduated in 2010 with a 3.1 GPA. Here’s a look at how some other Harvard alumni have fared in their respective professional sports:

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5 Great Athletes Who Spurned Chances to Play Other Sports

Deion Sanders, Bo Jackson, Brian Jordan, Danny Ainge and a select few others set a modern standard for their unique abilities to play two professional sports at their peaks. But it’s not so odd for a young phenom to make a choice when it comes to picking one sport over another.

University of Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson is the latest rising star to decide between two sports, reportedly opting for professional football player over baseball.How’d other athletes in Wilson’s position fare? Here’s a modern-day look back:

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5 Players Who Should Definitely Be in the Baseball Hall of Fame

This year’s class of Hall of Fame inductees was announced on Monday, and just one man, Barry Larkin, made the cut.

The former Cincinnati Reds shortstop will be enshrined this summer and heralded among the all-time greats. But with the news a new member of the hall has been added comes a spirited debate about who didn’t make the cut.

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Eddie George and 6 Other Former NFL Players Who Became Actors

Former Tennessee Titans running back used to thrill audiences with long runs and evasive moves. Now, he’s hoping to win over new audiences with his…acting.

George will star in the title role of Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s production of ‘Julius Caesar’ this month. With the play, George joins a rich history of former football players who’ve gone on to theatrical stardom.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Fire Coach Raheem Morris… Oh, and the Rest of the Coaching Staff

What better way to start off the new year than with a ton of firings? Raheem Morris and reportedly all the assistant coaches and coordinators of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were asking themselves this question when they lost their jobs Monday.

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Texas Rangers Win Bidding War for Yu Darvish Negotiation Rights [VIDEO]

The Texas Rangers emerged as the winners in the bidding war that now allows them the chance to sign Japanese phenom pitcher, Yu Darvish. The bid came at a steep price, though, at a reported $51.7 million.

“Our organization has scouted Mr. Darvish for the last several years and has been very impressed with his abilities and accomplishments. We believe he would be a great addition to the Texas Rangers pitching staff,” the team said in a statement.

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Baylor’s Robert Griffin III Named Sporting News’ Player of the Year for His Off-the-Field Wins

Less than a week after winning the Heisman Trophy, Baylor junior standout Robert Griffin III was named the Sporting News’ player of the year. The quarterback helped revitalize the flailing Baylor college football program, and helped propel them to a 9-3 record this season.

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