Major League Baseball has taken on Bryce Harper's motto and are attempting to 'make baseball fun again.'
In the final week of August, also known as Players Weekend, all players across the majors will be allowed to wear special nickname jerseys. In addition, every team's jerseys have been altered slightly with a more colorful pallet that are inspired by youth-league uniforms.
Yes if you have not put two-and-two together yet, that is also the final weekend of the Little League World Series.
Making it more fun, the players were allowed to pick their own nicknames for the Players Weekend on August 25-27.
For the Washington Nationals, these jerseys are pretty straight forward unlike others across the league and gives some insight into each players personality. Some players have seem to have no creativity, but at least its better than what the Orioles put out. What would have been better option, their teammates chose each player's nicknames.
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Nicknames for the Nationals Jerseys
#1 Wilmer Difo -- El Lindo
#2 Adam Eaton -- Mouse
#3 Michael Taylor -- Mikey T
#6 Anthony Rendon -- Ant
#7 Trea Turner -- Triple T
#10 Stephen Drew -- Dirt
#11 Ryan Zimmerman -- Zim
#18 Ryan Raburn -- Bobby
#20 Daniel Murphy -- Murph
#26 Adam Lind -- Donnie
#27 Shawn Kelley -- Bak-Pak
#28 Jayson Werth -- Dub
#31 Max Scherzer -- Blue Eye
#32 Matt Wieters -- Wiety
#34 Bryce Harper -- Big Kid
#37 Stephen Strasburg -- Stras
#40 Edwin Jackson -- E. Jax
#44 Ryan Madson -- Blest
#46 Oliver Perez -- Ollie
#47 Gio Gonzalez -- Double G
#56 Joe Blanton -- Joe B
#59 Joe Lobaton -- Lobi
#62 Sean Doolittle --Doooooooo
For more information on players weekend, click here.
The Washington Nationals announced Friday Dusty Baker will not return as manager of the club in 2018.
Baker led the team to the first back-to-back division titles in franchise history, and the Nationals were 192-132 under Baker, but they failed to make it to an NLCS.
Baker is 14th in MLB history with 1,863 career wins.
The next Nationals' manager will be their seventh since they arrived in DC.
Only the Marlins have had as many.
"I'm surprised and disappointed," Baker told USA TODAY Sports. "They told me they would get back to me and I told them I was leaving town yesterday and they waited 10 days to tell me."
"I really thought this was my best year. We won at least 95 games each year and won the division back to back years but they said they wanted to go a different direction. It's hard to understand."
The team also announced the contracts for the Major League coaching staff have also expired, and the search for a new manager will begin immediately.
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While Nats fans were still digesting the news that Dusty Baker will not return as manager next year, the team released some more surprising news.
Second baseman Daniel Murphy underwent knee surgery today, per an official team report.
Washington Post reporter Chelsea Janes reported that the surgery is considered significant and the team won't put a timeline on the recovery process:
"The procedure, according to the statement released by the team, repaired articular cartilage in Murphy’s right knee. For those interested in the details, it was a debridement and microfracture surgery, and orthopedic surgeon Timothy Kremchek performed it."
"For those concerned with the implications of the procedure, those are still unclear. The statement clarified that Murphy’s rehab “will progress throughout the offseason,” as one would hope, and did not include a timetable.
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