For the second consecutive year, Major Leaguers will put their personalities and passions on the field when Players' Weekend takes center stage during all games from Friday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 26.Here are the nicknames the Dodgers will wear on their backs while sporting colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate
For the second consecutive year, Major Leaguers will put their personalities and passions on the field when Players' Weekend takes center stage during all games from Friday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 26.
Here are the nicknames the Dodgers will wear on their backs while sporting colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth-league uniforms:
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Scott Alexander: "SCOTTIE BOY"
John Axford: "AX MAN"
Pedro Baez: "LA MULA"
"The Mule" in Spanish, Baez said he got it for his work ethic last year, and he's sticking with it again this year.
Austin Barnes: "SAM"
Sticking with his rookie-year nickname, the story comes from when the team sent Barnes on a taco run last year, and when he got back, A.J. Ellis joked that Chase Utley didn't know Barnes' name. Utley joked that it was Sam, and it stuck.
Cody Bellinger: "BELLI"
Walker Buehler: "FERRIS"
Depending on the Dodgers' rotation schedule that weekend, it's possible Buehler might have a day off.
JT Chargois: "SHAG"
Tony Cingrani: "GRANI"
James Dozier: "BULL"
"Last year I went with the generic 'Doze,' but this year, I developed the nickname back in college, the 'bulldozer,' and it stuck a little bit with the Twins," Dozier said.
Josh Fields: "FIELDS"
Dylan Floro: "F LORO"
Erik Goeddel: "GOODY"
Yasmani Grandal: "YAZMANIAN DEVIL"
Enrique Hernandez: "KIKÉ"
Rich Hill: "D. MOUNTAIN"
Daniel Hudson: "HUDDY"
Kenley Jansen: "KENLEYFORNIA"
Matt Kemp: "MATT"
Clayton Kershaw: "KERSH"
Tom Koehler: "TK"
Manny Machado: "EL MINISTRO"
Machado was "El Ministro de la Defensa" for his defense heroics during the 2017 World Baseball Classic, and he decided to keep it.
Kenta Maeda: "MAEKEN"
Player Page for Max Muncy: "MUNCE"
Joc Pederson: "KING"
"I really don't know," Pederson said. "Some things just stick."
Yasiel Puig: "WILD HORSE"
Broadcaster Vin Scully said, "The Wild Horse is loose," in 2014 as Puig raced to a triple. Puig embraced it last year and continued it this year.
Hyun-Jin Ryu: "MONSTER"
Ryu decided to continue his nickname that arose during his rookie year.
Zachary Rosscup: "CUP"
Dennis Santana: "ANFERNEE"
Santana's middle name will replace his last name during Players' Weekend.
Corey Seager: "SEAGS"
Thomas Stripling: "CHICKEN STRIP"
Chris Taylor: "CT3"
Justin Turner: "REDTURN2"
Julio Urias: "EL CULICHI"
Chase Utley: "SILVER FOX"
Pat Venditte: "P-VITTY"
Alex Wood: "AWOOD"
Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.