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Entry from July 20, 2013
TOOTBLAN (Thrown Out On The Basepaths Like A Nincompoop)

TOOTBLAN (Thrown Out On The Basepaths Like A Nincompoop) was coined on May 7, 2008, by Tony Jewell on his Chicago Cubs baseball blog, Wrigleyville23. Jewell was describing the poor baserunning of Cubs second baseman Ryan Theriot.

“TOOTBLAN” became so popular that a blog, TOOTBLAN Tracker, began in 2013 to record poor baserunning throughout major league baseball.


Wikipedia: Ryan Theriot
Ryan Stewart Theriot (/ˈtɛri.oʊ/; born December 7, 1979) is a Major League Baseball infielder who is currently a free agent.

Urban Dictionary
TOOTBLAN
Acronym for Thrown Out On The Basepaths Like A Nincompoop.
Baseball statistic invented for Ryan Theriot of the Chicago Cubs, for his penchant for ill-advised steal attempts and general lack of skill running bases.
Theriot’s current TOOTBLAN number is 19.
by LesterB Aug 22, 2008

Google Books
100 Things Cubs Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die
By Jimmy Greenfield
Chicago, IL: Triumph Books LLC
2012
Pg. 260:
One of the best reasons to start a Cubs blog can be summed up in a single word: TOOTBLAN. Well, that’s not exactly a word—it’s an acronym that stands for Thrown Out On The Bases Like A Nincompoop, and it was invented in a May 7, 2008, post published by Tony Jewell on his Cubs blog, Wrigleyville23.

Scoops Baseball
TOOTBLAN GETS A NEW AMBASSADOR
Posted by Roy Hobbles ⋅ January 2, 2013
TOOTBLAN: Acronym for Thrown Out On The Basepaths Like A Nincompoop.

Inspired by 2B Ryan Theriot (when he was a Cub), for his penchant for ill-advised steal attempts and general lack of skill running bases.

AZ Snake Pit (Arizona Diamondbacks)
The Language of Baseball: SnakePit Slang
By soco  @socosoco on Apr 2 2013, 1:00p
TOOTBLAN: Thrown Out On The Basepaths Like A Nincompoop, the phrase was originally coined for Ryan Theriot of the Cubs by a Cubs blogger. It most fits for Willie Bloomquist, but really fits any stupid baserunning.

Baseball Nation
TOOTBLAN news
By Jason Brannon  @jdbranno on Apr 8 2013, 9:30a
(...)
TOOTBLAN (ˈto͞ot·blæn)

noun
1. Baseball a foolish play made by a baserunner which results in an out, especially Ryan Theriot
2. any unforced error on the bases committed by Ryan Theriot
Theriot’s TOOTBLAN last night may have cost the Cardinals the wild card.

Origin:
(May 7, 2008) acronym for thrown out on the basepaths like a nincompoop; coined by Tony Jewell of Wrigleyville23
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Now, for the exciting news. A new blog, TOOTBLAN Tracker, which chronicles the worst in baserunning every day, has debuted, and we are all the better for it.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Saturday, July 20, 2013 • Permalink