The Mets have set a major-league record for last names with a lower-case “d,” all on one roster at one time, with Travis d’Arnaud, Jacob deGrom and Matt den Dekker.
In a post to ESPN, Paul Lukas from UniWatch writes:
“Three primary schools of thought have emerged from these discussions one that believes player names on jerseys should always be all caps, period; one that loves the lowercase letters; and a compromise position that advocates for the use of small caps instead of lowercase letters.”
Since MLB doesn’t print lower-case lettering, the Mets created a custom lower-case “d” for use on the jerseys of d’Arnaud, deGrom, and den Dekker this season.
In 2013, the Mets used an upside-down, upper-case “P,” in place of a custom, lower-case “d.”