From ‘All Rise’ to ‘Stickman, MLB players’ alter egos on jerseys

Major league players will wear alternate jerseys with a sleeve patch where they can write the name of someone who was instrumental in their development as ballplayers under a new promotion at the end of August, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced on Wednesday.

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Players Weekend will take place August 25-27 and is described as a “player-focused event” in a press release to USA TODAY Sports and other outlets that will include “non-traditional uniforms with alternate designs inspired by youth league uniforms.”

While all players will be allowed to customize jerseys via patches and nicknames, several major leaguers have been selected as ambassadors for the event, including Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs, Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays and Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles.

Some of the nicknames players will use:

  • Aaron Judge: All Rise
  • Chris Sale: Stickman
  • Mike Trout: Kiiiiid
  • Kyle Seager: Corey’s Brother
  • Giancarlo Stanton as Cruz
  • There Alonso: M. 305
  • Josh Donaldson: Rainmaker
  • Bryce Harper: Big Kid
  • Hunter Pence: Wawindaji

The uniforms were designed by MLB uniform partner Majestic Athletic Hatter New Era with socks from Stance. Game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off with proceeds going to the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation.

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