Blue Jays reveal complete list of Players' Weekend nicknames

Aug 10 2018, 4:27 am

There was once a time when collars were standard issue on baseball uniforms. While players don’t wear them anymore, Major League Baseball loosens their proverbial collars and lets their hair down August 24-26 for Players’ Weekend.

This weekend celebration returns for a second year and gives players the opportunity to customize their uniforms with custom patches and their own nicknames on the back of their uniforms.

The Toronto Blue Jays will wear this bright blue cap and two-tone uniform, a slight variation on the uniforms they sported last year. Instead of a red maple leaf on the front of the cap, it’s a solid royal blue colour.

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The club also brings back these eye-popping two-tone blue uniforms for the 2018 Players’ Weekend. They definitely have a softball team pullover vibe about them, but I think that’s the whole point.

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The most fascinating part of Players’ Weekend is which nicknames the players choose to put on the back of their uniforms. It’s a bit of a strange exercise – asking players what they want to be referred to – but here’s the full list of Blue Jays’ choices below.

Standout names include Marco Estrada’s “ESTRATOSPHERE“, Russell Martin’s “LE MUSCLE“, Luke Maile’s “LUKEY BARRELS,” and Yangervis Solarte’s “TUTU“. One can only imagine Solarte’s nickname came from his affinity for dancing on the field. Maile gained the moniker “Lukey Barrels” from his teammates earlier this year after he was responsible for two walk-off hits and a walk-off walk.

Evidently, Ryan Borucki and Sam Gaviglio chose not to ruffle any feathers and went the understated route by simply going with their last names.

Danny Barnes BARNZY
Ryan Borucki BORUCKI
Tyler Clippard CLIP
Aledmys Diaz PAPITO
Josh Donaldson BRINGER OF RAIN
Brandon Drury DRU
Sam Gaviglio GAVIGLIO
Ken Giles 100 MILES GILES
Lourdes Gurriel YUNITO
Curtis Granderson GRANDYMAN
Randal Grichuk GRICH
Teoscar Hernandez OCA
Russell Martin LE MUSCLE
Kendrys Morales MONINA
Jake Petricka PETEY
Kevin Pillar KP
Aaron Sanchez SANCHIZE
Luis Santos EL NITO
Justin Smoak MOAKEY
Yangervis Solarte TUTU
Marcus Stroman HDMH
Ryan Tepera TEP
Devon Travis D-TRAV
Troy Tulowitzki TULO
Richard Urena RICHI

The Blue Jays suit up for MLB Players’ Weekend, August 24 to 26 when they take on the Philadelphia Phillies at the Rogers Centre.

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