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.
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”