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Speedpass, Yu-san, Hollywood: Cubs Players' Weekend nicknames are out

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Speedpass, Yu-san, Hollywood: Cubs Players' Weekend nicknames are out

The unique nicknames and uniforms of Players' Weekend are here.

The three-day baseball festivity will take place Aug. 24-26, according to MLB.com, and players will showcase nicknames of their choice on the back of special edition jerseys for this year. The Cincinnati Reds will come to Wrigley Field for the series. 

This season, the Cubs will be sporting strikingly similar threads to the ones they wore last year. The uniforms are royal blue with lightly colored sleeves and white lettering. The numbers are a brighter shade of blue and the Cubs logo will sit on the left side of the chest.

Like last summer, the North Siders will be wearing vivid blue hats with the bear emblem embroidered on the front and a darker blue bill.

In 2017, the jersey’s design was the exact same. 

Cubs players will have the chance to write the name of someone who has influenced them in their lives on a patch stuck on the right sleeve, per MLB.com. The caps and uniforms will have a logo on them that illustrates the evolution of players from Little League to the pros.

But what is Players' Weekend and why do players choose the creative names that go on their backs?

According to MLB.com, this weekend gives players the chance to have fun, show off their personalities and pay tribute to those who have guided them to the major leagues. Players can also put on special cleats, wristbands, sleeves, and batting gloves. They can even use new catcher’s masks and bats.

Here is the complete list of Cubs player jersey nicknames:

Albert Almora Jr.: "TICO"

Anthony Bass: "FISH"

Javier Baez: "EL MAGO"

David Bote: "BOAT"

Kris Bryant: "KB"

Victor Caratini: "VIC"

Tyler Chatwood: "CHATTY"

Jesse Chavez: "DADO"

Steve Cishek: "SPEEDPASS"

Willson Contreras: "WILLY THE BEAST"

Yu Darvish: "YU-SAN"

Brian Duensing: "DEUCE"

Carl Edwards Jr.: "STRINGBEAN SLINGER"

Cole Hamels: "HOLLYWOOD"

Justin Hancock: "HERBIE"

Ian Happ: "HAPPER"

Kyle Hendricks: "HENDO"

Jason Heyward: "J-HEY"

Brandon Kintzler: "SALT"

Tommy La Stella: "LA STELLA"

Jon Lester: "LEFTHANDER"

Brandon Morrow: "B MO"

Mike Montgomery: "MONTY"

Jose Quintana: "LELO"

Anthony Rizzo: "TONY"

Randy Rosario: "PELO FINO"

Addison Russell: "ADDY"

Kyle Schwarber: "SCHWARBS"

Drew Smyly: "SMILES"

Pedro Strop: "STROPY"

Justin Wilson: "J WILLY"

Ben Zobrist: "ZORILLA"

White Sox get a complete makeover with new Players' Weekend jerseys

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White Sox get a complete makeover with new Players' Weekend jerseys

The unique nicknames and uniforms of Players' Weekend are here.

The three-day baseball festivity will take place Aug. 24-26, according to MLB.com, and players will showcase nicknames of their choice on the back of newly designed jerseys for this year. The White Sox will travel to Detroit for the series. 

This season, the South Side club will be sporting gray and black threads with white lettering and red numbers.

Similar to last year, the team will be wearing bright red hats with a black "SOX" logo and brim.

In 2017, the jerseys were the same design, but they were black with glaring red sleeves.

White Sox players will have the chance to write the name of someone who has influenced them in their lives on a patch stuck on the right sleeve, per MLB.com. The caps and uniforms will have a logo on them that illustrates the evolution of players from Little League to the pros.

But what is Players' Weekend and why do players choose the creative names that go on their backs?

According to MLB.com, this weekend gives players the chance to have fun, show off their personalities and pay tribute to those who have guided them to the major leagues. Players can also put on special cleats, wristbands, sleeves, and batting gloves. They can even use new catcher’s masks and bats.

Here is the complete list of White Sox player jersey nicknames:

Jose Abreu: "MAL TIEMPO"

Tim Anderson: "TA7"

Luis Avilan: "AVI"

Xavier Cedeno: "X"

Dylan Covey: "COVE"

Tyler Danish: "DANISH"

Matt Davidson: "MATTY D"

Nicky Delmonico: "PUP"

Adam Engel: "MAN OF STEAL"

Danny Farquhar: "D-FARK"

Jace Fry: "FOO"

Avisail Garcia: "AVI"

Leury Garcia: "LEO"

Lucas Giolito: "BIG FOOT"

Jeanmar Gomez: "JANKO"

Miguel Gonzalez: "EL MARIACHI"

Nate Jones: "NATE'S NATION"

Ryan LaMarre: "LaMARRE"

Reynaldo Lopez: "REY"

Juan Minaya: "JUANITO"

Yoan Moncada: "YOYO"

Omar Narvaez: "NARVY"

Daniel Palka: "DP"

Carlos Rodon: "LOS"

Yolmer Sanchez: "EL DE PIÑONAL"

Hector Santiago: "BULLDOG"

James Shields: "JUEGO G"

Kevan Smith: "WEBBY"

Thyago Vieira: "NÉGS"

WATCH: White Sox grounds crew member Nevest Coleman receives 2005 World Series watch

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WATCH: White Sox grounds crew member Nevest Coleman receives 2005 World Series watch

Nevest Coleman, a White Sox grounds crew member who was wrongly convicted of rape and murder in 1994, received a World Series watch by team owner Jerry Reinsdorf Wednesday afternoon.

In 2005, every groundskeeper was given the same commemorative timepiece. Coleman was rehired in March after he was freed from imprisonment after 23 years in November when DNA evidence exonerated him. The organization decided to give him the device he would’ve gotten if he was still working for the White Sox during the time they won the World Series.

The team issued a statement in March about having Coleman back as an employee.

“We’re grateful that after more than two decades, justice has been carried out for Nevest,” the White Sox said. “It has been a long time, but we’re thrilled that we have the opportunity to welcome him back to the White Sox family. We’re looking forward to having Nevest back on Opening Day at home in our ballpark.”

Now, he is working at Guaranteed Rate Field for one of his old crew mates, who is now his boss, and is grateful to have his job again on the South Side.

“They didn't have to hire me back,” Coleman said in March. “I appreciate the White Sox giving me the opportunity to come back to work.”