Players' Weekend returns for its third edition on Aug. 23-25, and players from around the league will once again be given the chance to slap a nickname on the back of their jerseys as a way to have some fun and connect with fans.
When it comes to selecting their nicknames, some hit home runs, while others swung and missed.
Here's a list of some of the best nicknames from the Washington National and from around the league:
Sean Doolittle - "OBI-SEAN"
The list of nicknames was not short of Star Wars references, but this is one of the best. During the Nationals' Star Wars Day earlier this season, the team combined Doolittle and Obi-Wan Kenobi into one bobble head: Obi-Sean Kenobi. The closer's name on Twitter now reads "Obi-Sean Kenobi Doolittle".
Erick Fedde - "FEDDECCINI"
This one just makes me hungry. Who doesn't love a hearty Italian dish? I support all food related nicknames.
Max Scherzer - "BROWN EYE"
Why not "Blue Eye"? Because that was the ace pitcher's nickname in 2018. Scherzer switched it to "Brown Eye" this year to reflect his heterochromia, meaning he has different colored eyes.
Juan Soto - "SOTO PACHECO"
In Spanish naming customs the paternal family name comes first followed by the maternal family name. Although most fans know the outfielder by his paternal family name, Pacheco is Juan's maternal one. I like that he's representing that.
Ryan Zimmerman - "ZIM"
Simple but classy. I would expect nothing less from the trusty Nationals veteran infielder.
Shane Bieber (Cleveland Indians) - "NOT JUSTIN"
This is might be a sensitive subject for one of the hottest pitchers in the league right now. Shane must have taken jokes about his name ever since his singing counterpart burst onto the scene 10 years ago. Even worse, a Topps Stadium Club card accidently named him "Justin" in the descriptive paragraph. It's good to see that he's having fun with it.
George Springer (Houston Astros) - "HORHAY"
A clever and fun interpretation by the 2017 World Series MVP. Obviously, this is the pronunciation of "Jorge", his name in Spanish. Most people would not have thought of this.
Joey Gallo (Texas Rangers) - "PICO DE GALLO"
Again, yum. Where are the chips? I'm here for the food nicknames.
J.A. Happ (New York Yankees) - "JDOT ADOT"
Simple yet creative from the pitcher. Technically this is his name anyway, right?
Eric Thames (Milwaukee Brewers) - "PHONE HOME"
For those of you who didn't pick up on it, his initials are "E.T." Maybe he's hoping the nickname will allow him to hit some moon shots out of the park on Players' Weekend. Either way, it's a solid movie reference.
Luis Ortiz (Baltimore Orioles) - "BABY BARTOLO"
Obviously, it's in reference to pitcher Bartolo Colon, who has been a fan favorite for the last two decades. If you look at the two side by side, you can actually see the resemblance. I'm not sure if anyone thought of it before Ortiz chose this nickname, but I'm will not be able to look at him the same from now on.
SWING AND MISS:
Gerardo Parra - "EL YOLO"
With all due respect, "Yolo" is so 2010, right? To be fair, Parra submitted this nickname before his 'Baby Shark' walk-up song stuck. Maybe he should change it so something more related to that. How about, "Papa Shark"?
Javy Guerrera - "JAVY"
I'm sure most people know him by his first name, but I was hoping for a little bit more creativity. He gets more points than the players who are just keeping their usual last name on the back of their jerseys.
Hunter Pence (Texas Rangers) - "¯_(ツ)_/¯"
Bold choice. I'd expect nothing less from a quirky guy like Pence. I hate to sound like the fun police, but this is not a nickname. How do you say this, "shrug"? Not to mention the amount of the trouble the folks at the jersey factory are going to have printing this. Don't get me started on the players that are using emojis.
Kevin Newman (Pittsburgh Pirates) - "NEWMS"
This is pretty similar to his real name AND it's harder to say. That defeats the whole purpose of a nickname.
Adalberto Mondesi (Kansas City Royals) - "ACE"
Isn't a nickname supposed to describe you? I'm sure Mondesi thinks a lot of himself, but over his four years in the big leagues he has a sub-.250 batting average and just 24 home runs. Come on man.
OTHER WASHINGTON NATIONALS NICKNAMES:
Matt Adams: "BIG CITY"
Brian Dozier: "LO CONNER"
Yan Gomes: "GOMER"
Matt Grace: "GRACEY"
Daniel Hudson: "HUDDY"
Howie Kendrick: "TRUCK"
Tanner Rainey: "RAINMAN"
Anthony Rendon: "ANT"
Victor Robles: "VIC"
Fernando Rodney: "LA FLECHA"
Joe Ross: "JR"
Adrian Sanchez: "SANCHY"
Anibal Sanchez: "ALEJO"
Stephen Strasburg: "STRAS"
Andrew Stevenson: "STEVO"
Hunter Strickland: "SOUTHERN THUNDER"
Wander Suero: "THE ANIMAL"
Kurt Suzuki: "ZUK"
Trea Turner: "T³"
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