MLB players will be allowed to wear nickname jerseys on New Players Weekend later this month
Major League Baseball will look anything but uniform for a newly minted Players’ Weekend later this month.
MLB, in conjunction with the MLB Players Association, announced a group of initiatives on Wednesday aimed at allowing players to express themselves while connecting with their past in youth baseball.
From August 25-27, players will wear alternate jerseys inspired by youth league designs, and they can also replace surnames with nicknames on jersey nameplates.
Players will be able to declare their nicknames in advance, allowing fans to purchase jerseys with the nicknames on them, much like the NBA first did in 2014.
Player nicknames will even be included on the back of New York Yankees jerseys, the first time a nameplate has been found on the back of team uniforms.
Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius will be “Sir Didi.” Other nicknames already reported include Atlanta Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips (“Dat Dude”), Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista (“Joey Bats”), Indians shortstop Cleveland Francisco Lindor (“Mr. Smile”) and Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen (“Cup”).
Nicknames that attempt to include brand names or are deemed offensive will not be permitted.
Players will also be allowed to wear flashy custom-designed gear, from batting gloves to bats, that show off their personality.
Following the theme of connecting the weekend to youth baseball, the right sleeves of the jerseys will have logos meant to symbolize each player’s development. The “evolution” patch has a blank space where players can write someone they want to thank who helped them get into the big leagues.
Much like the NFL’s “My Cleats, My Cause” campaign in Week 13 last season, baseball players can support the charity of their choice before or after the game.
MLB will auction the jerseys on its website, with proceeds going to the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation.
Other interesting nicknames include:
1. Sean Doolittle, Nationals, DOOOOOOOO
2. Kyle Seager, Sailors, COREY’S BROTHER
3. Wei-Yin Chen, Marlins, WEIGH-IN
4. Lance McCullers and Collin McHugh, Astros, SNAP DRAGON 1 and SNAP DRAGON 2
5. Carl Edwards Jr., Cubs, CARL’S JR.
6. Robinson Cano, Mariners, YOU DON’T KNOW
7. Todd Frazier, Yankees, TODDFATHER
8. Trevor Bauer, Indians, BAUER OUTAGE
9. Chris Herrman, Diamondbacks, HERRM THE WORM
10. Tommy Hunter, Spokes, TOMMY TWO TOWEL
11. David Price, Red Sox, ASTRO’S FATHER
12. Aaron Judge, Yankees, ALL RISE
13. Andrew Triggs, A’s, TRIGGONOMETRY
14. Max Scherzer, Nationals, BLUE EYE
15. Aroldis Chapman, Yankees, THE MISSILE