It seems the MLB has a heart or, at the very least, a sense of humor. Major League Baseball will have a completely different look for a newly created ‘Players Weekend’ later this month.
Together with the MLB Players Association, Major League Baseball announced Wednesday a set of initiatives aimed letting players express themselves while connecting with their past in youth baseball.
So, from Aug 25th to Aug 27th, all players will be allowed to wear alternate jerseys that are inspired by youth league designs, also, they can replace last names with nicknames on jersey nameplates. With one exception, nicknames that attempt to include brand names or are deemed offensive will not be allowed.
He comes the moneymaker. Players can declare their nicknames ahead of time, which will of course, will enable fans to purchase jerseys with the nicknames on them. This follows the president set by the NBA in 2014.
Even stickler’s, the New York Yankees will allow player nicknames will even be included on the back of jerseys. This will be the first time any nameplate has been on the back of the team’s uniforms.
Here’s a look at some of the names already put forward. Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius will be “Sir Didi.” Other nicknames already declared include Atlanta Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips (“Dat Dude”), Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista (“Joey Bats”), Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (“Mr. Smile”) and Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen (“Cutch”).