BIRTH NAME: Donald Martin Slaught
YEARS ACTIVE: 1982-1997
TEAM(S): Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, California Angels, Chicago White Sox, San Diego Padres
The weak link in the Animal Nickname All-Stars (too bad Johnny Bench wasn't the "Little Beetle"), Slaught nonetheless has a perfectly apt nickname, anthropomorphically speaking. With only 18 stolen bases in 16 seasons, "Slug" was definitely not a burner on the basepaths (no word on his feelings about salt). On the other hand, if the nickname is the abbreviated version of “Sluggo,” as in slugger, then his teammates were playing a cruel joke on him since he averaged fewer than 9 home runs a year for his career.