This weekend marks MLB’s third ever Players’ Weekend. The most fun aspect of the event is that players get to wear nicknames on the back of their jerseys. Obviously this is quite a change for the Yankees, who never wear names on their jerseys. They decided on their nicknames during spring training. You can find a full list here, but let’s look at some of the best and worst of them.
Giancarlo Stanton - Parmigiancarlo
Apologies to everyone else, but this is the best one. It is disappointing that Stanton is still injured and therefore won’t be in Los Angeles wearing this jersey over the weekend.
Zack Britton - With a K
This is a funny reminder that Britton finally told everyone that his name was spelled “Zack” and not “Zach” after 12 years in the Orioles’ system. Also a nod to strikeouts, though his K/9 has dipped a bit this season.
Tommy Kahnle - King Kahn
According to Bryan Hoch, Kahnle picked up this nickname during his time with the White Sox. The fact that he bounced back in a big way this season makes this name even better.
Domingo German - Sunday
As we all probably know by now, Domingo means “Sunday” in Spanish. Assuming that the Yankees stay on rotation, he will also be pitching in LA on Sunday. That would be a happy coincidence.
Gary Sanchez - Kraken
Sanchez’s longtime nickname is an oldie, but goodie.
Anyone who is using their real last name or variation of their first name. Brett Gardner is going with “Gardner” once again, Mike Ford is also using his last name, and Jonathan Holder went with “Johnny.” I know Gardner previously said he wanted to go with no name, but that wasn’t allowed. He then decided it was his only chance to see his actual name on his jersey...but come on, guys, have some fun! Ford could have at least gone with an old Ford slogan. “Drive One” seems fitting.
J.A. Happ - Jdot Adot
I get that Happ was going for a spelling reminder, like Britton did. I think that this reinforces the idea that his name should be pronounced Jay-Ay, though. In actuality, his name is pronounced Jay. I fully admit to still pronouncing it Jay-Ay in my head, based on the way that it is spelled. It feels like a missed opportunity to go with a Happ pun. Next year he could go with “Sorry For Making You Un-Happ-y.”
David Hale - DH
He better get an at-bat now.
Stephen Tarpley - Tarp
We’ve had enough rain delays this season, thank you very much.
What do you consider the best and worst nicknames? Let us know in the comment section!