MLB Players Weekend – A Four-Star Production

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Let me start by admitting I can be a bit “old school” when it comes to the national pastime. I am:

  • Not fond of the DH (and believe it ought to stand for the disappearing DoubleHeader;
  • Prefer high socks to pajama pants;
  • Oppose waving a batter to first on an intentional walk;
  • Would take a well-turned double play over a pair of strikeouts and a triple over a 450-foot home run;
  • Would rather have a spirited debate than wait for a challenge decision;
  • Am more interested in how far a baseball travelled than its exit velocity and angle;
  • Like to see pitchers and hitters adjust to an umpire’s stike zone;
  • Would always choose outdoor over indoor baseball.

You get the idea.

However, I was pleased by the color, excitement and sense of “play” brought to the game by the MLB Players Weekend – more colorful uniforms and caps; personalized socks, bats and batting gloves: the MLB Players Weekend logo (from Little League to the “Bigs.”); tribute patches; nicknames on the backs of uniforms; and charity connections. All of this, I believe created more excitement, particularly for young fans and reminded us all that it’s still a game.   That, I believe, is  a good thing for baseball.

My favorite part of the promotion was the (player-chosen) nicknames on the uniforms.  There were some great ones: Josh Donaldson – Bringer of Rain;  Kendall Graveman – Digger (my nickname in my playing days); Robert Osuna – No Panic; Aaron Judge – All Rise; Chih-Wei Hu – Who?; Dustin Pedroia – Laser Show; Kenley Jansen – Kenleyfornia; Trevor Bauer – Bauer Outage; Ian Kinsler – Bootsie (Is that good for an infielder?); Yasiel Puig – Wild Horse.  And then, of course, there were those who used already well-established nicknames, like: Moose Moustakas; Mad-Bum Bumgarrner; Joey Bats Bautista; Miggy Cabrera.   Others, like Jason Motte (J Motte) used their first initial and last name and still other used just their first name (Matt Kemp; Koji Euhara; Homer Baily (still an unfortunate name for a pitcher).

Finally, there were those business-as-usual players who simply used their last name. In this post, I’d like to provide a list of my favorite nickname from each team, as well as suggestions for a few of the players who chose not to choose a nickname for the weekend.

MY FAVORITE PLAYERS WEEKEND NICKNAMES

     Arizona Diamondbacks – Chris Herrmann – Herm the Worm

     Atlanta Braves – Brandon Phillips – Dat Dude

     Baltimore Orioles – Manny Machado – Mr. Miami

     Boston Red Sox – Brock Holt – Brock Star

     Chicago Cubs – Justin Grimm – Reaper

     Chicago White Sox – Yoan Moncada – Yo Yo

     Cincinnati Reds – Michael Lorenzen – Zen Master

     Colorado Rockies – Charlie Blackmon – Chuck Nazty

     Cleveland Indians – Carlos Santana – Slamtana

     Detroit Tigers – Mike Mahtook – Night Hawk

     Houston Astros – Carlos Correa – Showrrea

     Kansas City Royals – Brandon Mauer – Mauer Power

     Los Angeles Angels – Albert Pujols – The Machine

     Los Angeles Dodgers – Curtis Granderson – Grandyman

     Miami Marlins – Jarlin Garcia – Jarlin the Marlin

     Milwaukee Brewers – Josh Hader – Haderade

     Minnesota Twins – Max Kepler – Rozycki

     New York Mets – Noah Syndergaard – Thor

     New York Yankees – Todd Frazier – Toddfather

     Oakland A’s – Chris Smith – Rock N Fire

     Philadelphia Phillies – Tommy Joseph – Tojo

     Pittsburgh Pirates – Gerritt Cole – Cole Train

     St. Louis Cardinals – Carlos Martinez – Tsunami

     San Diego Padres – Chase d’Arnaud – Cheetah

     San Francisco Giants – Pablo Sandoval – Panda

     Seattle Mariners – Nelson Cruz – Boomstick

     Tampa Bay Rays – Steve Cishek – Speedpass

     Texas Rangers – A.J. Griffin – Sweet Lettuce

     Toronto Blue Jays – Josh Donaldson – Bringer of Rain

     Washington Nationals – Bryce Harper – Big Kid

There were plenty of players who stayed “old school” and just went with their last names on thier uniform backs. Here are suggestions for next year for just a few of those:

Brett Gardner, Yankees – Old School (Gardner said he was “not a big fan” of the loosening of uniform rules)

Corey Gearrin, Giants – Gear Daddy

Zack Greinke, Diamondbacks – Grain-Man

Marco Gonzales, Cardinals – Polo

Mitch Haniger, Mariners – Handyman

Greg Holland, Rockies – Dutch Master

Scott Kazmir, Dodgers – Great Scott

Dallas Keuchel, Astros – Big K

Josh Lindblom, Pirartes – Kim Chee (Played in Korea)

Mike Minor, Royals – M & M’s

Gift Ngoepe – Gift is great on its own

Pat Neshek, Rockies – Collector (Memorabilia and autograph collector)

Dovydas Neverauskas – Scrabble

Daniel Nava, Phillies – Not Nova (See below)

Aaron Nola – Not Nava (See above)

Paulo Orlando, Royals – Three Bags Full (first three MLB hits were triples)

Cameron Perkins, Phillies – Pancakes

Ryan Schimpf – Etouffe

Corey Seager, Dodgers – Kyle’s Brother ()nly fair, Kyle used Corey’s Brother)

Tony Sipp, Astros – Big Gulp

Seth Smith, Diamondbacks – Little Eli (Backed up Eli Manning at Ole Miss)

George Springer, Astros – Slinky (The ultimate spring)

Matt Szczur,Padres – Scissors

Mark Trumbo, Diamondbacks – 76

Scott Van Slyke, Reds – Family Business (son of former major leaguer Andy Van Slyke)

All in all a great weekend for MLB and the fans. Looking forward to next year.

 

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