2019 MLB Players’ Weekend Uniforms Will Still Have Nicknames, They Just Won’t Have Colors

Players Weekend returns this season from August 23-25. As in the last two editions (in 2017 and 2018), players will wear special uniforms and will be allowed to have nicknames on the back of their shirts. Plus, they have the option of using custom decorated bats, cleats, batting gloves, wristbands, compression sleeves, catcher’s gear, and more. Before and after games, players can wear t-shirts promoting a charity they care about.

As far as players’ weekend uniforms go, here’s what MLB says about the exciting choices you’ll see soon:

During matches, players will wear monochromatic all-black and all-white uniforms specially designed for the weekend-long event with jerseys from Majestic, caps from New Era Cap and socks from Stance. Each home team has decided which colorway they will wear over the weekend, with each away team wearing the other uniform option. Pitchers on teams wearing white uniforms will wear black caps to ensure that all umpires and batters have clear visibility of every pitch.

Inspired by the style choices players make while away from the pitch, fashionable monochrome uniforms make each custom accessory design stand out more than ever.

So, yes, teams will be wearing black or white for Players Weekend. Here are some representative examples:

You had the idea. (Yes, Hunter Pence’s nickname is the shrug emoji, and for that we commend him.) Strange as it may sound, the lack of boldness is what makes this kind of…bold? As noted above, these designs were chosen so that each player’s accessories would show up more, which makes sense. That said, yes, it’s important for players to make bold choices when it comes to headlines and such. Otherwise, Players Weekend might end up looking like a spy vs. spy cosplay softball league. If players step up with the flair, this could turn into a pretty cool look. Either way, it’s going to be something you’ve never seen before in an MLB field.

One final note on uniforms: A patch honoring late Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs will also be available for players to wear on their uniforms, if they wish. Skaggs died aged 27 on July 1 this year.

Neal T. Doss