A’s second baseman Chad Pinder, left, scores past Giants catcher Nick Hundley on July 31 in Oakland. Both players will wear nicknames on their jerseys for Players Weekend, which runs Friday through Sunday. Pinder will be known as “Chi” while Hundley will go by “Hundo.” Jeff Chiu The Associated Press
A’s second baseman Chad Pinder, left, scores past Giants catcher Nick Hundley on July 31 in Oakland. Both players will wear nicknames on their jerseys for Players Weekend, which runs Friday through Sunday. Pinder will be known as “Chi” while Hundley will go by “Hundo.” Jeff Chiu The Associated Press

Baseball

Baseball to show off creativity, allow ‘thank you’ messages during Players Weekend

By Noel Harris

nharris@sacbee.com

August 24, 2017 07:10 PM

UPDATED August 25, 2017 06:13 AM

Prepare for some colorful jerseys and interesting nicknames on baseball diamonds this weekend.

Players Weekend begins Friday around major league ballparks. Instead of last names, most jerseys will have a creative name across the back. Also, a patch that says “thank you” along with a space for players to add any text they choose will be on the jersey’s sleeve.

THANK YOU! Your @sfgiants will wear this patch this weekend! Free with purchase of the Authentic Players' Weekend Jersey #sfgiants pic.twitter.com/VEXmA5EWRc

— Giants Dugout Store (@SFGDugoutStore) August 22, 2017

All 30 teams will take part in the promotion, which celebrates creativity while giving fans a chance to better know the players.

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“We wanted a way to accelerate the process of fans getting to know them,” Chris Marinak, Major League Baseball’s executive vice president of league economics and strategy, told Rolling Stone magazine. “We have 800 players in the major leagues and each one of them has a unique story that fans, at every local level, can make a connection with.”

The jerseys will be auctioned, with proceeds benefiting the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation.

NICKNAMES FOR PLAYERS WEEKEND

Here’s a sampling of some of the nicknames players on the A’s and Giants will use during Players Weekend:

Ty Blach, P, Giants: “The Preacher”

Matt Chapman, 3B, A’s: “Chappy”

Jharel Cotton, P, A’s: “Squeaky”

Brandon Crawford, SS, Giants: “B-Craw”

Khris Davis, OF, A’s: “Khrush”

Sam Dyson, P, Giants: “Rojo”

Gorkys Hernandez, OF, Giants: “Cazador”

Nick Hundley, C, Giants: “Hundo”

Sean Manaea, P, A’s: “Da Kid”

Bruce Maxwell, C, A’s: “Baby Prince”

Denard Span, OF, Giants: “Spaniard”

Andrew Triggs, P, A’s: “Triggonometry”