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'Underpants,' 'Last Name' and 'Tone Ranger' highlight Giants' 2018 Players' Weekend nicknames

'Underpants,' 'Last Name' and 'Tone Ranger' highlight Giants' 2018 Players' Weekend nicknames

Joe Simpson's favorite weekend of the year is back. And by "favorite," what we really mean is that Simpson probably hates the upcoming Players' Weekend.

Baseball's biggest curmudgeon will have to look at players wearing jersey's featuring their nicknames. He might be asking for the weekend off.

This is an event that MLB started last season. It was such a success that they brought it back. Players will don the special jerseys from Friday, Aug. 24 through Sunday, Aug. 26.

Here's the list of nicknames the Giants players will wear:

Brandon Belt: "BOB"
Ty Blach: "THE PREACHER"
Ray Black: "BLACKOUT"
Madison Bumgarner: "MAD-BUM"
Brandon Crawford: "DJ BC RAW"
Johnny Cueto: "EL JUCHO"
Chase d'Arnaud: "CHEETAH"
Sam Dyson: "PSSST"
Steven Duggar: "DUGG"
Julian Fernandez: "BILLETE"
Alen Hanson: "EL CHAMAQUITO"
Gorkys Hernandez: "CAZADOR"
Derek Holland: "LAST NAME"
Nick Hundley: "HUNDO"
Pierce Johnson: "P.J."
Derek Law: "D-LAW"
Evan Longoria: "LONGO"
Andrew McCutchen: "ZOOM"
Mark Melancon: "MEL"
Reyes Moronta: "EL TIBU"
Joe Panik: "J.P."
Hunter Pence: "UNDERPANTS"
Buster Posey: "BUSTER"
Dereck Rodriguez: "D-ROD"
Jeff Samardzija: "SHARK"
Pablo Sandoval: "PANDA"
Will Smith: "SMITTY"
Austin Slater: "MAYOR"
Hunter Strickland: "STRICK"
Andrew Suarez: "ANDY"
Tony Watson: "TONE RANGER"

Which one is your favorite?

Stephen Vogt's 'special night' highlights Giants' 10-5 win over A's

Stephen Vogt's 'special night' highlights Giants' 10-5 win over A's

Stephen Vogt became a cult figure during his five seasons in Oakland.

Now, he's on the opposing side, inflicting damage against the team that made him a household name.

On Saturday, Vogt's three-run homer capped off an eight-run eighth inning that led to the Giants' 10-5 win over the A's at the Coliseum.

"You smell a little bit of blood and it got contagious and everybody just kept coming up with clutch [at-bat] after clutch [at-bat]," Vogt told NBC Sports Bay Area's Amy G after the game. "So, whether it was a hit, walk, just getting on base any way you can, keep the line moving. It was such a fun inning and just awesome to blow it open and get the win."

Vogt found a home with the A's as a 28-year-old catcher in 2013, and made his first All-Star appearance as a 30-year-old in 2015. He became a clubhouse leader, and his departure from the A's in 2017 was an emotional moment for both the player and the fanbase.

So, returning to Oakland and punctuating the Giants' huge inning had a little extra meaning behind it.

"It was absolutely special," Vogt said. "A special night for me."

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Ever the class act, Vogt didn't forget to acknowledge the A's fans that gave him a standing ovation before his first at-bat of the game.

"I just want to thank the A's fans, actually," Vogt said. "Just a nice welcome back, that was a nice round of applause for me in my first at-bat. This place means so much to me and my family."

How Pablo Sandoval's Tommy John surgery could affect his free-agency options

How Pablo Sandoval's Tommy John surgery could affect his free-agency options

Pablo Sandoval's offseason took a dramatic turn with the announcement Saturday that he needs Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

The 32-year-old Giants infielder is scheduled to become a free agent at the conclusion of the 2019 season.

A healthy Sandoval might have been coveted by all 30 major league teams. He can play first and third base. He can come through with a much-needed pinch-hit. And he even can pitch an occasional inning.

But now, Sandoval won't be able to throw a baseball for most of the 2020 season, meaning he can't play the field or pitch, if need be.

Sandoval could follow in the footsteps of Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani by having the reconstructive elbow surgery and then only hitting next season. But that would require Sandoval to return to the American League, where he could serve as a full-time designated hitter.

That limits Sandoval to 15 potential teams. And of those 15 teams, you can rule out the Boston Red Sox — for obvious reasons.

The A's have Khris Davis, so they don't have a need. The Astros have rookie phenom Yordan Alvarez and All-Star Michael Brantley. If the Rangers don't bring back Hunter Pence, they'll likely use Shin-Soo Choo as the regular DH. Ohtani probably will be able to play the outfield again in 2020, but Albert Pujols has two years left on his contract and can move back to the Angels' DH.

The Twins hold a $12 million team option on Nelson Cruz, and you can expect them to bring him back with his huge power numbers. Cleveland has a revolving door of Jake Bauers, Carlos Santana and Franmil Reyes. The Orioles, Tigers and Royals are at the beginning of serious rebuilds, so Sandoval probably has no interest in those teams.

The Yankees could be an option if they don't bring back Edwin Encarnacion. But they have Luke Voit, so they might be a long shot. The Rays just acquired Jesus Aguilar from the Brewers at the July 31 MLB trade deadline, so they are set at DH.

The two teams that could have DH openings are the Blue Jays and the White Sox, though Toronto has Sacramento native Rowdy Tellez, who could slide into that role.

Chicago will lose Jose Abreu in free agency, and holds a $9 million team option on Yonder Alonso. Signing Sandoval likely would be a cheaper option than picking up Alonso's deal.

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As Sandoval heads into a winter of uncertainty, he'd prefer not to go to any of those AL teams.

“I want to come back,” Sandoval told reporters. “I want to be here the rest of my career. It’s not my decision.”