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Didi Gregorius goes on DL with bruised heel

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The Yankees placed shortstop Didi Gregorius on the 10-day disabled list with a left heel contusion on Tuesday and recalled first baseman Luke Voit from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

"Not great," manager Aaron Boone said of Gregorius' injury on Sunday. "There is nothing broken or anything like that, but he's got a pretty significant bruise, and there is some swelling in there."

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The Yankees placed shortstop Didi Gregorius on the 10-day disabled list with a left heel contusion on Tuesday and recalled first baseman Luke Voit from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

"Not great," manager Aaron Boone said of Gregorius' injury on Sunday. "There is nothing broken or anything like that, but he's got a pretty significant bruise, and there is some swelling in there."

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New York is already without Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, and Giancarlo Stanton is playing through hamstring pain.

Gregorius originally remained in Sunday's 10-2 win over the Blue Jays after colliding with Toronto first baseman Kendrys Morales while legging out an RBI infield single in the first. Gregorius had little way to avoid Morales, who lunged into the baseline to corral Devon Travis' unsuccessful throw to first on the play.

Gregorius later scored on Greg Bird's grand slam, which capped a six-run inning against Jays rookie Ryan Borucki. He then played a full inning in the field, but he was replaced by Ronald Torreyes to begin the third.

A stalwart on the field and in the middle of the Yankees' order, Gregrorius' 117 games played this season rank second on the club. In his absence, Gleyber Torres would slide into everyday duties at shortstop, while Neil Walker would assume his natural position at second base. Torreyes also provides middle-infield depth. Walker has been playing right field recently in place of Stanton, who has exclusively batted at designated hitter since Aug. 8.

Stanton said he plans to play right field on Tuesday, when the Yankees travel to Miami for a two-game set against the Marlins. If the first game goes "according to plan," Stanton said, he'll play in the outfield on Wednesday as well. That would mark the Yankees' final regular-season game in a National League park.

New York is 12-10 since Judge went on the DL on July 27, but they remain 32 games above .500 on the season.

"I think we've responded well, and we have to," Stanton said, regarding the injuries. "These are good tests, to get us out there playing when we're not at our full potential. Other guys will step up in place."

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MVP Watch: Betts passes Trout; Carp closing in

Betts comfortably in front in AL in latest poll of MLB.com's BBWAA members
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The National League Most Valuable Player Award race just got crazy, and you can thank Matt Carpenter and the Cardinals. Until they took off, we were close to getting things figured out.

Did we mention Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman? He has been the NL MVP Award favorite for most of this season and may still be. However, in the latest poll of MLB.com's Baseball Writers' Association of America membership, Carpenter has cut Freeman's lead to a single point, 106 to 105.

The National League Most Valuable Player Award race just got crazy, and you can thank Matt Carpenter and the Cardinals. Until they took off, we were close to getting things figured out.

Did we mention Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman? He has been the NL MVP Award favorite for most of this season and may still be. However, in the latest poll of MLB.com's Baseball Writers' Association of America membership, Carpenter has cut Freeman's lead to a single point, 106 to 105.

Video: Carpenter's hot bat carrying the Cardinals

If you're looking for normalcy, that would be in the AL MVP Award race, where Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts continues to hold a large lead over Mike Trout and Jose Ramirez. Betts received 25 of 30 first-place votes with Ramirez (three) and Trout (two) getting the other five. Trout finished slightly ahead of Ramirez in the overall balloting by receiving a large number of second-place votes.

Freeman got 14 of 30 first-place votes in the NL, with the other 16 spread among four players: Carpenter (10), Nolan Arenado (four) and Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom (one apiece).

Interestingly, the NL vote is a reminder that team performance still matters in the MVP Award selection process. Carpenter turned his season around in mid-May, but didn't become a significant factor in MVP Award voting until the Cardinals opened August by winning 14 of their first 18 games.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Freeman, Braves (106 points)
No NL hitter, including Carpenter, has been hotter than Freeman, who entered Monday with a .429 OBP his past 21 games. He began Monday leading the NL with a 5.0 WAR and a .321 batting average. Freeman may join Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Chipper Jones as the only Braves to have three seasons of at least 30 doubles, 20 homers and a .300 batting average.

Video: MIA@ATL: Freeman drives a solo home run to center

Carpenter, Cardinals (105 points)
Carpenter's turnaround has become one of the best stories of this season. Since his batting average bottomed out at .140 on May 15, he leads the NL in OPS (1.101), slugging (.679), total bases (218) and has hit 31 home runs in 86 games. Carpenter's 13 intentional walks are a career high and the most by a Cardinal since Carlos Beltran drew 15 in 2012.

Video: STL@LAD: Carpenter goes back-to-back with Gyorko

Arenado, Rockies (38 points)
Arenado's 4.9 WAR at the start of play on Monday was sandwiched between Freeman's 5.0 and a 4.7 by Carpenter and Paul Goldschmidt at the top of the NL leaderboard. His .406 wOBA leads the NL, and his defense at third remains the gold standard in both leagues.

Video: COL@HOU: Arenado drills his 30th homer of the season

Others receiving votes: Javier Baez, Cubs; Scherzer, Nationals; deGrom, Mets; Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Betts, Red Sox (138 points)
Betts is the only Major Leaguer to hit for the cycle and have multiple three-home run games (two). If that sounds like we're stretching for superlatives, it's because we've almost run out of them. Betts led the Majors with a .343 batting average entering Monday and was second in OPS. He's also 24-for-27 in stolen bases and second to Detroit's JaCoby Jones in Defensive Runs Saved among AL outfielders.

Video: BOS@TOR: Betts belts solo homer to complete the cycle

Trout, Angels (69 points)
This season has brought some clarity to the discussion about where Trout belongs among the all-time greats. His 62.0 career WAR is the second highest by a position player through his age 26 season. Only Ty Cobb (63.4) was higher. Trout and Willie Mays are the only players with three seasons of 30 or more home runs and 20 or more stolen bases by age 26.

Video: LAA@TB: Trout hammers his 30th homer of the season

Ramirez, Indians (55 points)
Ramirez entered play on Monday with 37 home runs in 121 games, the third most by a switch-hitter in MLB history, trailing only Mickey Mantle, who had 45 in 1961 and 42 in '56. Ramirez's 13 home runs and 34 RBIs in the first inning are the most in MLB since Carlos Guillen had 37 in 2007.

Video: BAL@CLE: Ramirez ties MLB lead with 37th home run

Others receiving votes: J.D. Martinez, Red Sox.

Richard Justice has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2011. Read his columns, listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice.

This HR can be considered a 'signature' moment

A's slugger meets with Make-A-Wish children before game
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OAKLAND -- Khris Davis wanted an autograph for himself. And Anthony Slocumb was just beside himself to make it happen for his favorite baseball player.

The newfound friends swapped blue ink, then Davis, still sporting it on the back of his jersey in game action against the Rangers on Monday night, went out and hit a moonshot of a home run in the A's resounding 9-0 victory.

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OAKLAND -- Khris Davis wanted an autograph for himself. And Anthony Slocumb was just beside himself to make it happen for his favorite baseball player.

The newfound friends swapped blue ink, then Davis, still sporting it on the back of his jersey in game action against the Rangers on Monday night, went out and hit a moonshot of a home run in the A's resounding 9-0 victory.

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Slocumb, visiting the Coliseum with a group from the Make-A-Wish Foundation's Greater Bay Area chapter, watched on. The 10-year-old is in remission from a rare cancer called Langerhans cell histiocytosis.

Video: TEX@OAK: Davis grants wish, clubs 438-ft home run

"There was a lot of emotion," Davis said. "I just wanted to put a smile on his face and thought maybe it would mean something if I had my jersey signed by him, just to know what that feels like to be in my shoes for a split second.

"I thought about him around the bases. There's not a better feeling than hitting a home run, so hopefully he got some excitement and joy from watching that."

Tweet from @Athletics: ���I thought about him around the bases.���Khris reflects on meeting Anthony, his @SFWish friend that signed his jersey before tonight���s game. pic.twitter.com/bA7T4WRsJW

Slocumb was among a dozen Make-A-Wish kids hosted by the A's, who facilitated the visit with Davis prior to the game and allowed them to take the field with the players for the national anthem.

Tweet from @Athletics: Start your morning off with a feel-good story.Anthony Slocumb tells the story of how he was able to sign Khris Davis' jersey last night before KD launched a homer. Video credit: @AP_Sports #RootedInOakland pic.twitter.com/inxq8OtzoC

Davis, buoyed by the short but sweet encounter, carried Slocumb with him into the night. A wardrobe change was out of the question.

"I wanted to rock that," he said. "I wanted him to know that I was thinking about him."

Tweet from @Athletics: Tonight, the A���s are hosting twelve kids from Make-A-Wish Bay Area. 💚💛 pic.twitter.com/ViWXIhA5XX

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.

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Trade Talk: McCutchen, Murphy, Harper, Yankees

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The July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline has come and gone, but the transaction wire could stay hot ahead of Aug. 31. That date is important because clubs acquiring new players via trade must have those players on their 40-man roster by then in order for that player (or players) to be eligible for its postseason roster. Teams can acquire players after Sept. 1, but those players would not be eligible to play with that team in the playoffs. 

Throughout August, it's not uncommon for high-profile players to be placed on waivers. In fact, most clubs will place a sizable portion of their Major League roster on waivers to gauge interest for their talent ahead of the offseason. 

The July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline has come and gone, but the transaction wire could stay hot ahead of Aug. 31. That date is important because clubs acquiring new players via trade must have those players on their 40-man roster by then in order for that player (or players) to be eligible for its postseason roster. Teams can acquire players after Sept. 1, but those players would not be eligible to play with that team in the playoffs. 

Throughout August, it's not uncommon for high-profile players to be placed on waivers. In fact, most clubs will place a sizable portion of their Major League roster on waivers to gauge interest for their talent ahead of the offseason. 

When a waiver claim is placed, the player's original club has three options:
• Work out a standard trade with the claiming club within 48 hours
• Allow the player -- and all money remaining on his contract -- to go to the claiming club with no return
• Pull the player back off waivers

A player who is pulled back off waivers can be placed on trade waivers a second time, but at that point the waiver request becomes irrevocable. If a player passes through waivers unclaimed, he can then be traded to any club, free of restriction (though all 40-man-roster players in the trade must clear waivers before being dealt).

Glossary: Trade Waivers & Aug. 31 'Deadline'

With that in mind, here is the latest trade buzz: 

McCutchen on the move by the end of the week?
Aug. 20: The Giants have placed right fielder Andrew McCutchen on revocable waivers, according to The Athletic's Andrew Baggarly. San Francisco had been hanging around in the NL West and NL Wild Card races into the second half of the season, but following a sweep at the hands of the Reds in Cincinnati over the weekend, the deficit within the division ballooned to eight games entering play Monday, and 7 1/2 games in the Wild Card standings. According to Baggarly, there is a "very good chance [McCutchen] is wearing another uniform by the end of the week."

McCutchen, 31, entered Monday hitting .257/.354/.417 with 14 home runs and 10 steals for the Giants this season. The five-time All-Star and 2013 NL Most Valuable Player is in his 10th Major League season, and since enduring a steep dropoff in performance in 2016 with the Pirates (104 OPS+), has posted a 117 OPS+ for Pittsburgh and San Francisco since.

Tweet from @extrabaggs: Not surprising given the way #sfgiants played in Cincinnati, but I���m hearing Andrew McCutchen has been placed on revocable waivers. Very good chance he is wearing another uniform by the end of the week.

Murphy claimed on revocable waiver wire, Harper also placed on revocable waivers 
Aug. 20: It's worth reiterating: Most players are placed on waivers at this time of year. But the New York Post's Joel Sherman reports second baseman Daniel Murphy has been claimed by an unknown team after the Nationals placed him on revocable trade waivers Friday. MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reported earlier that Washington had placed two of its biggest stars -- Bryce Harper and Murphy -- on revocable waivers, which could be noteworthy given the team's current position. 

Tweet from @Ken_Rosenthal: #Nationals put a number of players on revocable trade waivers yesterday, including Harper and Murphy, sources tell The Athletic. Team���s intentions not clear; virtually every player goes on waivers as matter of procedure this time of year. Nats 7 games out in NL East, 5 1/2 in WC.

Harper and Murphy are both potential free agents this winter, and many saw the 2018 season as one of the last remaining years in the Nationals' current window for title contention. General manager Mike Rizzo publicly declared at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline that Harper "is not going anywhere" and that he believed in his team, and so it remains unlikely that the superstar will be moved by Aug. 31. Murphy, who has been red-hot in recent weeks as he regains full strength in his knees, could be a more likely trade candidate -- particuarly for an AL contender who could utilize his bat in a designated hitter role. Rosenthal reports that Harper is owed approximately $5 million for the remainder of the season, while Murphy is owed roughly $4 million. 

On Friday, MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reported in an article for Fancred Sports that at least one rival general manager believes Harper will end up with the NL East rival Phillies, though that move may need to wait for the offseason when Harper tests the free-agency waters. 

Will Yankees chase bat on trade market?
Aug. 17: MLB Network insider Jon Heyman noted Thursday in an article for Fancred Sports that the Yankees sit just a few million dollars below the luxury-tax threshold and are reserving that money "in case there are any more rotation solutions that crop up."

However, the Yankees' offense might be a more pressing issue, even with ace right-hander Luis Severino struggling and lefty CC Sabathia going on the disabled list with a right knee injury earlier this week.

The Yankees scored just two runs while losing their past two games to the Rays, who used four pitchers Wednesday and six Thursday. Since Aaron Judge was placed on the DL with a fractured right wrist on July 27, New York has a .736 OPS, which ranks 14th in the Majors during that time.

Judge said he is feeling better since he had a cortisone shot in his wrist earlier this week, but there's a chance he won't be back until September. And while Gary Sanchez (right groin strain) is closer to a return, he is hitting just .188/.283/.416 this season.

The Orioles' Adam Jones and the Blue Jays' Curtis Granderson, who have both cleared waivers, have been mentioned as potential trade targets for the Yankees, but Jones has the power to veto any deal due to his 10-and-5 rights, and Granderson might not be a significant upgrade.

Another name the Yanks could consider? Impending free agent Daniel Murphy, should the Nats decide to sell. As ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted Thursday, Murphy would be a great fit for an American League club, as he could be used at the designated-hitter spot. New York could also play him at first base in place of Greg Bird, who is carrying a .698 OPS this season.

Tweet from @Buster_ESPN: WAS now 9 games out of 1st in NL East, 7 games out in WC. If the Nats start selling off pieces, you'd have to believe there could be real interest in Daniel Murphy, who is blistering hot -- hitting .392 in his last 30 games, with a .578 SLG. Great fit for AL teams w/DH; NYY/1B.

After missing all of April and May while recovering from right knee surgery and posting a .491 OPS with one homer in his first 21 games, Murphy has produced a 1.007 OPS with five home runs in his past 32 contests.

Donaldson getting closer to return?
Aug. 16: With just over two weeks to go before the end of August, Josh Donaldson is still rehabbing from a left calf injury that has kept him out since late May. But the Blue Jays third baseman could be nearing his return.

Donaldson posted a video of himself running the bases with the caption "Getting closer!!" on his Instagram account Wednesday.

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If he can return from the disabled list and prove to be even a fraction of the player he was from 2015-17, the 32-year-old could be an attractive trade candidate before Aug. 31.

MLB Network insider Jon Heyman broke down the market for Donaldson in an article for Fancred Sports earlier this month and listed the Indians, Cardinals, Braves, Cubs and Red Sox as potential landing spots for the impending free agent.

Heyman pegged the Indians -- who will have the first chance among those teams to claim Donaldson off waivers -- as the most likely of the five to acquire the third baseman.

While the Tribe has American League MVP candidate Jose Ramirez at the hot corner, it can shift him to second base and move Jason Kipnis to the outfield to help out a group that has been decimated by injuries and lost recent acquisition Leonys Martin to the disabled list with a bacterial infection last week.

Video: IT on Josh Donaldson's ability to help a playoff team

Jones reportedly clears revocable waivers, now eligible to be traded anywhere
Aug. 16: Adam Jones has passed through revocable waivers unclaimed, sources told MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, making the Orioles outfielder eligible to be traded to any of the other 29 teams.

Of course, a deal remains unlikely, as Jones used his 10-and-5 rights to veto a trade to the Phillies prior to the July 31 non-waiver Deadline, with family, friends and his community programs in Baltimore among the major reasons why, per Heyman.

Philadelphia's plan to have Jones platoon with lefty-swinging Nick Williams in right field may also have been a factor in Jones' refusal to approve a deal there, though the veteran hasn't indicated whether that is the case.

According to Heyman, the O's recently approached the Yankees to gauge their interest in Jones with Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Clint Frazier on the disabled list, but New York is close to the luxury-tax threshold and would like to save that money in case any additional rotation solutions arise.

The Indians are another potential landing spot for Jones, as they are missing Leonys Martin, Lonnie Chisenhall and Tyler Naquin, and have received lackluster production from Melky Cabrera (.695 OPS), Brandon Guyer (.663 OPS), Rajai Davis (.601 OPS) and Greg Allen (.580 OPS).

Video: BAL@NYY: Jones on invoking no-trade clause with O's

Get to know debuting White Sox fireballer

Just when you thought the 2018 season had seen enough top prospects show up in the bigs and immediately begin wrecking everything their path, we're extremely excited to report the following: Michael Kopech is officially a member of the White Sox, and he's brought his brain-melting fastball with him.

How the A's launched their way into contention

Oakland averaging 15-degree lift off the bat and has game's lowest ground-ball rate
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The A's are the best story in baseball this year, and it's not even really close. After three consecutive last-place seasons, and after being as far back as 11.5 games less than two months ago, Oakland managed to grab a share of first place after beating Texas on Monday. Even the most optimistic among us last winter couldn't have seen this coming.

There's probably room for multiple novels and movies to explain how this has happened, but at a high level, it's really about three important points. First and most obviously, they've built one of the game's deepest and most dominant bullpens. Second, last year's porous defense (27th-best) has turned into this year's above-average unit (11th), thanks largely to the greatness of Matt Chapman.

The A's are the best story in baseball this year, and it's not even really close. After three consecutive last-place seasons, and after being as far back as 11.5 games less than two months ago, Oakland managed to grab a share of first place after beating Texas on Monday. Even the most optimistic among us last winter couldn't have seen this coming.

There's probably room for multiple novels and movies to explain how this has happened, but at a high level, it's really about three important points. First and most obviously, they've built one of the game's deepest and most dominant bullpens. Second, last year's porous defense (27th-best) has turned into this year's above-average unit (11th), thanks largely to the greatness of Matt Chapman.

Third? Third is that the A's offense proves that all the stories you've heard about baseball in 2018 are true. As a group, they have baseball's highest launch angle. They have baseball's lowest ground ball rate, and baseball's fewest stolen bases. They might be the first team in history to get through a year without a single bunt hit. They're not your traditional offense, and they don't seem to care. This isn't happening by accident.

Video: HOU@OAK: Davis takes Verlander's heat deep twice

You've surely heard the term "launch angle" by now, because it -- along with its cousin exit velocity -- was one of the first Statcast™ terms to gain public acceptance when the tracking system came online in 2015. Just do a simple search for "launch angle revolution," and you'll see dozens of results. While that's maybe a little overstated, it's difficult to ignore the fact that ground balls have dropped considerably in each season since 2015, for all sorts of reasons, including usage of data and reaction to shifts.

It's simply a way to put a number on "did you hit the ball in the air or not," in a way that's calculated more directly than a human observer watching and deciding the often imperceptible-difference between a grounder and a liner, or a liner and a fly. The average Major League launch angle this year is 11.7 degrees, the highest of the four years of Statcast™. The A's are at 15 degrees, also the highest of any team in the four years of Statcast™. About two-thirds of home runs are hit between 25 degrees and 35 degrees. It's just a number, like "how hard did you throw this pitch."

There is such a thing as too much launch angle, because pop-ups are bad, and it's not as simple as "more launch angle = success," which we'll get to in a second. But first, let's point out that this is not happening to the A's by coincidence, or because of one extreme player. A dozen Oakland hitters have put at least 50 balls into play, and eleven of them have a higher launch angle than the Major League average. The one who doesn't, outfielder Nick Martini, is off to a nice start, but is also still looking for his first career home run.

How do you get the highest launch angle in the Majors? You collect a ton of players who have above-average launch angles. A great way to avoid the shift is to get the ball off the ground, and the A's have a 39 percent grounder rate, baseball's lowest. The Majors slug .269 on grounders, and .884 on fly balls and line drives. The A's slug .268 on grounders and .902 on fly balls and line drives. Why would they ever want to hit the ball on the ground? They don't, so they don't.

This isn't terribly complicated, really, nor is it actually a new idea for Oakland -- this has been their brand practically forever. While Statcast™ may have brought the term "launch angle" into public view, the A's have known for years that the best way to counter a league of pitchers intent on throwing low in the zone to get grounders was to import a group of hitters with swing paths specifically built towards crushing those pitches.

Remember the last good A's teams, the 2012-'14 group of mashers like Brandon Moss, Josh Reddick, and Seth Smith? As one nearly-2,000 word analysis from five years ago pointed out, in regards to the 2013 A's, "Beane's roster was so ground-allergic that only 0.8 percent of their plate appearances were taken by 'ground-ball hitters.' That's not just a concentrated effort to target fly balls. That's a mission statement."

That's exactly right. If we go back over the last 15 seasons of baseball, or 450 team seasons, those 2013 A's currently hold the record for lowest ground ball rate. Last year's A's are second-lowest. The 2014 A's are third lowest. This year's collection is seventh-lowest… just ahead of the 2012 A's. Looking at 2014-'18 combined, the A's have by far the lowest grounder rate, unsurprisingly.

So: We've proven that the A's aren't hitting the ball on the ground, and that they never do. But it's not as simple as "you'll be great if you hit the ball in the air," because the second-highest launch angle team is the Twins, who have baseball's 10th-lowest slugging percentage. It's great to get the ball off the ground, yet it only matters if you can hit it hard when you do so. (This is why no one's after Dee Gordon to up his launch angle, for example.)

The short version of that is: Grounders are usually bad, but hitting the ball in the air doesn't matter if you don't hit it hard in the air.

The A's, of course, do. They have baseball's fourth-best hard-hit rate on fly balls and line drives, just above 50 percent, led mostly by Matt Olson and Khris Davis. (Of 197 hitters with 50 flies and liners this year, Olson's 65.4 percent hard-hit rate is 10th; Davis's 62 percent is 17th.)

That's mostly because of the group of hitters they've collected, of course, but they do more than just hit it hard in the air. The A's are patient, seeing 4.00 pitches per plate appearances, the third-highest in baseball. They're disciplined, with the second-lowest chase rate in baseball behind only the Dodgers, and they have the lowest weakly-hit ball rate in the bigs, ahead of the Red Sox.

Tweet from @mike_petriello: Among the many things Oakland hitters are doing well this year: They have baseball's lowest "weakly-hit" rate. https://t.co/780WUXhegF pic.twitter.com/NVcQpfQWPH

None of this makes them the best offense in baseball, because they're not. (By runs per game, they're eighth; by Weighted On-Base Average, they're seventh.) It doesn't mean we give out pennants now based on launch angle, because we don't.

It does mean, however, that the A's have a plan, and they're executing it. Baseball in 2018 is trending towards hitting the ball hard in the air, and having an endlessly deep bullpen. The A's excel at both. We might not have seen this coming, exactly, but this isn't a flukish outcome, either. The 'Swingin' A's' are back. They never really left.

Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast.

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5 teams that could play spoiler down stretch

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Even teams that have fallen out of the postseason race have plenty to play for down the stretch.

Professional pride is at stake. So are jobs, both for young players looking to prove themselves and veterans facing free agency. And then there is the opportunity to play spoiler.

Even teams that have fallen out of the postseason race have plenty to play for down the stretch.

Professional pride is at stake. So are jobs, both for young players looking to prove themselves and veterans facing free agency. And then there is the opportunity to play spoiler.

Nothing beats getting to the playoffs yourself, but making life difficult for contending clubs can be satisfying in its own right. And if that contender is a division rival, all the better.

Here is a look at five teams in position to fill that spoiler role and make their presence felt over the final six weeks of the regular season.

Cincinnati Reds (55-70)
Over the past two weekends, the Reds took two out of three from the D-backs and then swept three from the Giants -- a blow that might have buried San Francisco in the poseason chase. And despite a sweep at the hands of the Indians in between, Cincinnati actually is 52-55 since Jim Riggleman took the helm from Bryan Price, including 47-43 since May 8. While the Reds are less formidable with Joey Votto on the disabled list, Scooter Gennett and Eugenio Suarez still anchor the lineup, Billy Hamilton is a game-changer in center field and on the basepaths, and right-hander Luis Castillo has a 2.83 ERA over his past six starts (all against contenders).

Opportunities will be bountiful. Monday's game in Milwaukee began a stretch in which the Reds play 13 straight against the Brewers, Cubs and Cardinals. Overall, beginning Tuesday, Cincinnati has 18 games remaining against those National League Central foes -- plus six against the Pirates -- as well as a three-game set with the Dodgers at Great American Ball Park.

Los Angeles Angels (63-63)
It's been another frustrating season in Anaheim, one that began with significant hype and hope but faltered after a promising 23-14 start. Beset by yet another wave of injuries, the Halos find themselves far behind not only the Astros, but also the Athletics and Mariners in the American League West.

But thanks to the schedule, those three division opponents are still going to have to go through the Angels as they try to make it to October. Of Los Angeles' final 36 games, more than half (20) are against that trio. That includes a whopping 10 matchups with Houston, the first of which comes Friday at Angel Stadium. The Halos also can have a hand in the NL race, thanks to two-game sets against the D-backs and Rockies over the next week.

If AL MVP Award candidate Mike Trout returns soon to a lineup that also features Shohei Ohtani, Justin Upton, Albert Pujols and the resurgent Kole Calhoun, it could give those contending pitching staffs loads of trouble.

Minnesota Twins (59-65)
An AL Wild Card club last year, the Twins got off to a rough start in 2018 and couldn't recover in the top-heavy AL, where they now sit 13 games behind the first-place Indians in the AL Central. Despite some trades, there is still talent in both the lineup (Eddie Rosario, Miguel Sano) and rotation (Jose Berrios, Kyle Gibson), and the club is 24-17 since July 5.

Minnesota is especially dangerous at Target Field (38-26), where the surging Athletics will open a four-game series on Thursday as they battle for the AL West title. In all, the Twins play seven more games against the A's, as well as three apiece against the Astros, Indians and Yankees. But in order to make a major mark the rest of the way, they will need to improve upon their 27-40 record against clubs with .500 or better records.

New York Mets (54-70)
Just about everything other than Jacob deGrom's run at an NL Cy Young Award has gone wrong for the Mets since they raised hopes with an 11-1 start. But as last week showed, they still can present problems for contenders. The Mets took down the Yankees in a makeup game last Monday in the Bronx, then ended the week by winning three of five from the Phillies (while posting a 43-20 run differential).

With the NL East up for grabs between the Phillies and Braves, the Mets still have six more games against the former and three against the latter. New York also is scheduled for series with the Cubs, Dodgers and Red Sox, plus two more with the Nationals, who could wind up playing the spoiler role themselves, as their postseason hopes hang by a thread.

Any of those teams might face Noah Syndergaard and deGrom in back-to-back games, which could be an easy recipe for a series loss. And with Zack Wheeler also on a roll, the Mets have the starting pitching to shut down good lineups.

San Diego Padres (49-78)
Stuck in last place with the worst record in the NL, San Diego isn't a club that's likely to scare anyone on paper. But the Padres also have some young talent already on the roster, plus a rich farm system that could send reinforcements in September. In other words, it's the type of team, with nothing to lose, that should play loose and make some contenders sweat in the final weeks.

San Diego will go head-to-head with Seattle in a pair of two-game sets, but those competing contenders primarily will come from the NL West. The D-backs, Rockies and Dodgers, all within 2 1/2 games of each other and all in the postseason mix, play the Padres a combined 18 times the rest of the way. That begins with the Friars' road trip through Colorado and Los Angeles that begins Tuesday night.

With Cory Spangenberg, Hunter Renfroe and Christian Villanueva all swinging hot bats this month, the Padres already have split 14 games with the Brewers, Cubs, D-backs and Phillies. More chances to make pests of themselves await.

Andrew Simon is a research analyst for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB.

Best postseason pushes in MLB history

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Nothing in this sport stirs the soul so much as a September pennant race, and nothing satisfies our native need for projection rejection, for unexpected uprisings quite like the September surge.

When we hail baseball's late-season swells, what we are ultimately celebrating is the mathematical fringe. Even in the Wild Card era, which dates back to 1995, only around 3 percent of postseason clubs went into September with a playoff deficit of more than four games.

Nothing in this sport stirs the soul so much as a September pennant race, and nothing satisfies our native need for projection rejection, for unexpected uprisings quite like the September surge.

When we hail baseball's late-season swells, what we are ultimately celebrating is the mathematical fringe. Even in the Wild Card era, which dates back to 1995, only around 3 percent of postseason clubs went into September with a playoff deficit of more than four games.

So the September surge is a rare and beautiful sight to behold, for all but the rosters and fan bases of the team that gets toppled. That's why we celebrate the comeback kids and the faint hope they provide for every club on the outside looking in when the calendar flips to that frantic final month.

Let's revisit the 10 greatest September surges in MLB history -- the kind of history that inspires hope.

1. 2011 Cardinals: "Happy flight! Happy flight!" is not quite as classic as "The Giants win the pennant!" but it was the clubhouse chant these Cardinals used, born out of them winning 15 straight getaway games from early August on into October. And that, of course, was all part of the wildest Wild Card run this game has ever seen.

The Cards were 8 1/2 back of the Braves for the National League's Wild Card slot on Sept. 1. And much like the Rays hunting down the Red Sox, they had their finest hour (an 18-8 final month) amid the dizzying downfall of a club practically penciled into October.

It all came to a head on that crazy Wednesday night, Sept. 28, when Chris Carpenter gave it to the Astros for eight innings in an easy 8-0 win. The Cardinals then retreated to the visiting clubhouse in Houston, where they watched the Phillies mount a rally off Braves closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth and win it in the 13th on a Hunter Pence flare- ob, setting off -- you guessed it -- a happy flight to Philly for the NL Division Series.

This team gets the top spot on this list because of the way the September surge set the stage for an epic October, capped by a World Series against the Rangers that, come to think of it, had a pretty great comeback all its own.

With the postseason format since expanded to include dual Wild Cards, this Cards climax will forever be pointed to as a reminder that in sports, as in life, "it ain't over 'til it's over," as one native St. Louisan famously said.

Video: WS2011 Gm7: Motte pitches ninth to seal Series win

2. 1951 Giants: "The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!" … is something nobody could have imagined saying as late as Sept. 14, when the New York Giants were still six games back of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

But the Giants caught the Dodgers with wins in 14 of their last 16. It came down to a three-game series between the two clubs at the Polo Grounds on Oct. 1-3. The Giants won the first game, 3-1, but got drilled in the second, 10-0, to pull things back even. Perhaps you've heard how the season and series finale ended -- with Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard 'Round the World" off Ralph Branca, drive home three runs to give the Giants the 5-4 victory and inspire Russ Hodges' famous call.

Video: BKN@NYG: Bobby Thomson's Shot Heard 'Round The World

There have been many, many great moments in Major League Baseball in the many, many years since, but perhaps none quite as iconic as this. Still, we're putting it at No. 2 for one reason and one reason only: The Giants lost the Series! The Giants lost the Series! The Yankees took it from them in six games.

3. 2011 Rays: At the conclusion of play on Sept. 3, the Yankees were in first place in the American League East, with the Red Sox just a half-game behind. The Rays were a total afterthought -- nine back of Boston. Conventional wisdom insisted it was the Yanks and Red Sox dueling it out for a division title, with the loser settling for a Wild Card spot.

But this was one of many instances in which we learned not to count out a Joe Maddon-led team. And yes, all that chicken and beer in Boston's clubhouse didn't hurt, either.

Maddon's Rays went 18-10 in August and 17-10 in September. Just as important, the Red Sox totally imploded, losing 20 of 27 in the final month. Tampa Bay's guardian angel was Robert Andino of Baltimore, who had three clutch hits that beat Boston in the season's final two weeks, none bigger than the game-winning two-out RBI single that handed the Red Sox a 4-3 loss in the season finale on Sept. 28.

But the Rays' real hero emerged mere minutes after Andino's hit landed safely. Evan Longoria's walk-off homer off the Yanks' Scott Proctor in the bottom of the 12th at Tropicana Field solidified Tampa Bay's unlikely Wild Card standing. Unfortunately, they didn't stand long in October, getting bounced by the eventual AL champion Rangers.

Video: NYY@TB: Longoria's dramatic homer ends it in the 12th

4. 2007 Rockies: The Rox lost that Sept. 13 game in Philadelphia, then dropped two more at home against the Marlins to fall 4 1/2 back of an NL Wild Card spot, with three teams ahead of them and only 14 games left to play. It would take nothing less than a Mile High Miracle to climb that mountain, but Colorado did it by winning 13 of those final 14.

The one loss came on Sept. 28, to the division-winning D-backs. And thank goodness for that. Because had the Rockies won that game, we wouldn't have been treated to the Wild Card tiebreaker with the Padres on Oct. 1. In Game 163, the two clubs took a 6-6 tie into the 13th inning, in which San Diego scored a pair in the top of the inning. Colorado, which had home-field advantage by virtue of a coin flip, countered with an RBI double from Troy Tulowitzki and an RBI triple from Holliday, who then won it on a headfirst slide into home plate on a sacrifice fly. Whether Holliday was safe or out is a matter still contested to this day.

Video: Holliday scores the game-winning run

The Rockies rode their crazy winning stretch all the way to the World Series, where they were swept by the Red Sox.

5. 2007 Phillies: Though the Phillies were only two games back going into September, that hole would grow to seven games by the end of play on Sept. 12. The Mets had held the top spot since the middle of May, and there was no reason to suspect defending NL East champs would relinquish it. But the Phils handed the Rockies a rare September loss (and more on them in a moment) at home on Sept. 13. Then they went to Shea Stadium and swept the Mets in a weekend set to pull within 3 1/2 games. They wouldn't face the Mets again, but with reigning NL MVP Award winner Ryan Howard and Chase Utley delivering prime performance down the stretch, they would win seven of their next 10 to force a tie at the top.

And on the season's final day, Jamie Moyer and the bullpen held the Nationals to a single unearned run and Howard drove in three for the 6-1 victory that, combined with the Mets' listless 8-1 loss to the Marlins, completed the simply stunning turn of events in the NL East.

If only the Phillies didn't have a fellow September surger awaiting them in the Division Series (see above).

6. 1964 Cardinals: Sometimes it's the victim of the surge whose memory really endures, and so it is with what happened in '64, if only because the "Philly Phlop" is such a great nickname.

But the Cardinal Comeback was special stuff. This club was 7 1/2 back when the calendar flipped to September, 8 1/2 back when play concluded on Sept. 5 and 6 1/2 back when play ended on Sept. 20 -- with just 14 days and 13 games left in the season schedule.

Earlier that summer, the Cardinals had made the famous Lou Brock-for-Ernie Broglio trade with the Cubs, and Brock was big down the stretch, with a .364 batting average, six homers, six doubles and three triples in that final month. Without him, it's doubtful the Cards would have won nine of their last 11, allowing them to take advantage of the phlopping Phils losing 10 of their last 12. The Cardinals clinched on the last day of the regular season, with Bob Gibson's 11-5 win over the Mets, leaving the Phillies in a second-place tie with the Reds.

That all paved the way to a classic seven-game World Series against the Yankees, which the Cards won behind Gibson's Series MVP performance.

7. 1995 Mariners: As late as Aug. 20, the M's trailed the Angels by 12 1/2 games, and they were 7 1/2 back going into September. But they won 19 of 27 in that final month, and the story of their surge is reflective in their attendance totals at the Kingdome, which went from a lowly figure of 12,102 on Sept. 12 to more than 51,000 just 10 days later.

With Randy Johnson, Edgar Martinez and Ken Griffey Jr. all in their prime, the Mariners lived by the mantra "Refuse to Lose." But it was actually two losses -- on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 in Texas -- that forced a tiebreaker game with the Halos. In Game 145 of that strike-shortened 144-game season, Seattle took the division title behind The Big Unit's complete game and Luis Sojo's memorable inside-the-park "grand slam" (technically, a double and error).

The excitement continued with a nail-biter of a five-game series with the Yankees, before the M's run finally ended at the hands of the Indians in the AL Championship Series. The Mariners tied the next team on our list for the largest Sept. 1 deficit overcome by a division champ.

Video: LAA@SEA: Johnson K's Salmon to Win 1995 AL West Title

8. 1969 Mets: With this being a list of great September comebacks, the "Miracle Mets" might not rank as high as they do in the sentimental standings. The truth is that much of the heavy lifting had already been accomplished before September began. The Mets were 10 back of the Cubs in the NL East in mid-August but started chopping away. The deficit was down to 4 1/2 by the time September began, and it didn't take long for them to overcome that.

Video: Jenkins tells the truth about the black cat at Shea

A walk-off win over the Expos in the first game of a Sept. 10 doubleheader (Ken Boswell drove in Cleon Jones with the winning run) gave the Mets the NL East lead, and they would not let it go. Not only did they erase what had been a 10-game hole, but they built an eight-game cushion of their own -- an 18-game swing in the span of about seven weeks. And having shown the mental and physical fortitude necessary for such a sea change, what happened next -- a sweep of the Braves in the NLCS, followed by a five-game World Series win over the Orioles -- is no surprise.

Just four years later, the Mets would have another September surge, though this time en route to a World Series loss to the A's. With Tug McGraw's "Ya Gotta Believe!" serving as the rallying cry, the Mets overcame what was a 5 1/2-game hole going into the month.

9. 1978 Yankees: What many of us remember about the '78 Yanks is that they made a huge charge in the final weeks of the regular season to catch up with the rival Red Sox and force a tiebreaker.

But it didn't exactly go like that.

In reality, the Yankees erased what had been a nine-game deficit as late as Aug. 13 and a 6 1/2-game deficit going into September with remarkable efficiency. They won 10 of their first 13 games in the season's final month to take a lead in the AL East -- a lead that would grow to 2 1/2 games.

So it was actually a Red Sox comeback that forced the famous tiebreaker, which the Yanks won on Bucky Dent's huge home run.

Video: NYY@BOS: Bucky Dent's HR in the AL East Playoff Game

In the grand scheme, though, this was still a rousing ride on the part of a Yankees team that had a tumultuous year, with Billy Martin resigning in late July over his fractured relationship with George Steinbrenner and Reggie Jackson. The Yanks built on their late-season run by beating the Royals in the ALCS and then topping the Dodgers in what would be their last World Series win until 1996.

10. 2009 Twins: If all you knew about these Twins was that they erased what had been a 3 1/2-game deficit entering September, you'd think, "No big deal." After all, that's the kind of difficulty you can essentially overcome in the span of a weekend.

But here's the thing: The Twins lost seven of their first 11 in September 2009. It was like baseball's version of the rope-a-dope. Minnesota fell as far as seven games back (Sept. 6). It was just a .500 ballclub at that point. But there was still some magic in the ol' Metrodome, which was in its final year as the home of the Twins. Beginning with a Sept. 13 shutout of the visiting A's, the Twins rattled off wins in 16 of 20 games to pull even with the reeling Tigers on the final day of the regular season. And that set the stage for one of the great tiebreakers of all time -- a 12-inning thriller at the Dome in which Alexi Casilla drove home Carlos Gomez with the winning run in a walk-off.

If Minnesota was exhausted from its rise up the standings and the extra-inning affair, it showed in the AL Division Series. The Twins were swept by the Yankees. But just getting to that point was incredible.

Video: DET@MIN: TBS, Twins radio call Casilla's walk-off hit

Honorable mentions: The 1938 Cubs were seven back going into September but won 22 of their last 29 to steal the NL pennant. … The 2013 Indians entered September 4 1/2 back of a Wild Card slot and won it with a 21-6 final flourish, including wins in their last 10 games. … Anybody who still decries the Wild Card system ought to remember that the 1993 Braves won 104 games to edge the 103-win Giants in the NL West. They did with a September sprint from 4 1/2 back. … The 2010 Giants were four back of the Padres in the NL West on Sept. 1, 2010. By the end of October, they were bathing in champagne. … The 1974 Orioles and 2001 Cardinals both overcame six-game deficits at the start of September, though the Cards had to settle for the Wild Card fourth seed as a result of the Astros having the better head-to-head record.

Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince.

Hinch: Altuve set to return tonight vs. M's

Out with sore knee, second baseman to be activated from DL
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SEATTLE -- Reigning American League Most Valuable Player Jose Altuve is set to be activated from the 10-day disabled list for Tuesday's game against the Mariners, Astros manager AJ Hinch said on Monday.

Altuve kept the ball from his first Triple-A hit

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SEATTLE -- Reigning American League Most Valuable Player Jose Altuve is set to be activated from the 10-day disabled list for Tuesday's game against the Mariners, Astros manager AJ Hinch said on Monday.

Altuve kept the ball from his first Triple-A hit

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Altuve has missed 21 games since coming out of the Astros' win over the Rockies on July 25 at Coors Field with a sore right knee. He went 1-for-3 in a Minor League rehab outing on Sunday for Triple-A Fresno and rejoined the Major League club on Monday in nearby Seattle. Altuve went through a normal pregame routine on Monday.

Video: Altuve and Hinch on Altuve's injury rehab

"The plan for him is to get through a rest day and hopefully activated him tomorrow," Hinch said. "Unless something happens on the field today, that's the best-case scenario for us. He had a successful day [Sunday] of building some confidence and getting himself active where he could test himself. He did just about everything. He got a hit, he got on the bases, he made a hard turn, he sprinted from second base on a bloop single -- reaction plays that we can't really simulate in early work. It takes a game competition to do that. Mission accomplished."

The Astros had gone 8-12 with Altuve out of the lineup entering Monday. He was leading the AL in hits when he was injured. The six-time All-Star is hitting .329 with a .392 on-base percentage, nine homers and 46 RBIs in 104 games for the Astros.

Tweet from @brianmctaggart: Hinch said the plan is for Jose Altuve to be activated tomorrow.

"I'm excited," Altuve said. "This is a great team. I know you guys know I love every single part about this team and the way they play. We're in first place and most likely we're going to be in the playoffs, and I have a lot of confidence in my teammates, and I just want to be a part of this."

This was Altuve's first appearance on the disabled list in his eight seasons in the Majors. He has played through nagging injuries in years past.

Video: HOU@COL: Altuve exits the game with knee discomfort

"He was in unchartered territory," Hinch said. "He didn't know how to feel or what to think and he was very nervous and rightfully so. Now that he's been able to build back a little confidence and get some soreness out and go play a game and feel good about his change of direction on defense and offense, he's a lot more confident that things are OK."

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Daniel Murphy reportedly claimed off waivers

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Feeling better and swinging the bat the way fans are accustomed to seeing him swing, Daniel Murphy could be on the verge of swapping uniforms for the stretch run.

• Trade Talk: Get the latest on the August market

Feeling better and swinging the bat the way fans are accustomed to seeing him swing, Daniel Murphy could be on the verge of swapping uniforms for the stretch run.

• Trade Talk: Get the latest on the August market

MLB Network insider Joel Sherman reported Monday in a story for the New York Post that a team has claimed the Nationals second baseman off revocable waivers. Sherman added that the club in question is not the Yankees, who were near the end of the waiver wire's pecking order by way of their strong record this season. The Nationals have not confirmed Sherman's report, just as they did not confirm MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal's original report from Friday that Murphy and teammate Bryce Harper were put on waivers.

Glossary: Trade Waivers & Aug. 31 'Deadline'

If a team did in fact claim Murphy, the Nationals would have 48 hours to either work out a standard trade with the claiming club or allow Murphy to simply leave for nothing in return. They could also pull him back off waivers. Murphy would not come cheap as he is owed roughly $4 million before he hits free agency this winter, per Rosenthal.

But the impact of his bat could ultimately convince a contender. After a slow start to his return from microfracture knee surgery, Murphy has hit .364 over his last 35 games to bring his average up to an even .300 for the season. The 33-year-old Murphy is a .329 hitter overall since joining the Nationals before the 2016 season.

Murphy's defensive limitations means he would likely fit best as a designated hitter for an American League squad, though he has shown an ability to play first base that could convince an NL club to move him around the diamond as needed.

The Nationals may welcome the salary relief that would come via Murphy's departure as the team hits a crossroads in its season. Washington is 7 1/2 games back of the Braves in the NL East standings and 6 1/2 games out of the league's second Wild Card spot -- all with a big financial decision regarding Harper's free agency looming this winter.

Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB.

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Here are the nicknames for every team's players

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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.

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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.

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Best Players' Weekend nicknames from every team

Here are the nicknames big leaguers will wear on their backs while sporting colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth-league uniforms:

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Angels
Jose Alvarez: "KÍKE"
Justin Anderson: "ANDO"
Francisco Arcia: "FRANKIE"
Jaime Barria: "EL PANA"
Cam Bedrosian: "BEDROCK"
Jose Briceno: "ORE"
Kole Calhoun: "KOLEMAN"
Kaleb Cowart: "PAL"
Zack Cozart: "L.A. COZ"
Jose Fernandez: "JOTAVE"
David Fletcher: "FLETCH"
Andrew Heaney: "HEANDOG"
Jake Jewell: "BOB:
Jim Johnson: "J.J."
Jefry Marte: "EL BLEY"
Alex Meyer: "BUBBA"
Keynan Middleton: "MAJOR KEY"
Shohei Ohtani: "SHOWTIME"
Blake Parker: "B-EASY"
Felix Pena: "LA BEFLA"
Albert Pujols: "THE MACHINE"
JC Ramirez: "J.C. TIME"
Noe Ramirez: "OTTO"
Garrett Richards: "G-RICH"
Rene Rivera: "MONCHO"
Hansel Robles: "EL PEÑACO"
Matt Shoemaker: "SHOE"
Andrelton Simmons: "SIMÓN"
Tyler Skaggs: "SWAGGY"
Nick Tropeano: "NITRO"
Mike Trout: "KIIIIID"
Justin Upton: "J - UP"
Blake Wood: "BLOCK-A"
Chris Young: "C Y"
Eric Young Jr.: "EYJ"
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Astros
Jose Altuve: "TUVE"
Alex Bregman: "A-BREG"
Gerrit Cole: "COLE TRAIN"
Carlos Correa: "I AM GROOT"
J.D. Davis: "JD"
Chris Devenski: "THE DRAGON"
Derek Fisher: "FISHER"
Evan Gattis: "BULL"
Marwin Gonzalez: "MARGO"
Yuli Gurriel: "LA PIÑA"
Jandel Gustave: "GUSTAVE"
Will Harris: "BILL"
Tony Kemp: "KEMPY"
Dallas Keuchel: "DAVID BURD"
Jake Marisnick: "BIG FUDGE"
Lance McCullers Jr.: "PERDOMO"
Collin McHugh: "Mu Q"
Martin Maldonado: "VALDEZ"
Brian McCann: "UNO SEIS"
Charlie Morton: "GROUND CHUCK"
Roberto Osuna: "OSUNA"
Brad Peacock: "P"
Ryan Pressly: "PRESSLY"
Josh Reddick: "RED DAWG"
Hector Rondon: "RONDY"
Tony Sipp: "SIPP"
Joe Smith: "SMITTY"
George Springer: "SPRINGER"
Max Stassi: "STASSINELLI"
Justin Verlander: "J V"
Tyler White: "WHITEY"
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Athletics
Brett Anderson: "NOON"
Paul Blackburn: "BLACKIE"
Ryan Buchter: "5 DEUCE"
Trevor Cahill: "T.C."
Mark Canha: "TOM ACE"
Matt Chapman: "CHAPPY"
Jharel Cotton: "SQUEAKY"
Khris Davis: "KD"
Jeurys Familia: "LA FAMA"
Mike Fiers: "KAI"
Daniel Gossett: "GOOSE"
Chris Hatcher: "HATCH"
Edwin Jackson: "SCOOP"
Matt Joyce: "SWEET SWINGIN'"
Shawn Kelley: "KELLEYTIME"
Ramon Laureano: "LAUREANO"
Jed Lowrie: "JEDI"
Jonathan Lucroy: "LUC"
Sean Manaea: "MANAEALATOR"
Nick Martini: "TINI"
Matt Olson: "OLY"
Emilio Pagan: "EMILIOOOOO"
Yusmeiro Petit: "YUS"
Josh Phegley: "PTBNL"
Chad Pinder: "CHI"
Stephen Piscotty: "MOMO"
Marcus Semien: "SAUCE"
Jake Smolinski: "SMO $"
Blake Treinen: "TRAIN"
Andrew Triggs: "TRIGGONOMETRY"
Lou Trivino: "SWEET LOU"
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Blue Jays
Danny Barnes: "BARNZY"
Joe Biagini: "JOE THE GREAT"
Ryan Borucki: "BORUCKI"
Tyler Clippard: "CLIP"
Aledmys Diaz: "PAPITO"
Josh Donaldson: "BRINGER OF RAIN"
Brandon Drury: "DRU"
Marco Estrada: "ESTRATOSPHERE"
Jaime Garcia: "JAIMITO"
Sam Gaviglio: "GAVIGLIO"
Ken Giles: "100 MILES GILES"
Lourdes Gurriel Jr.: "YUNITO"
Curtis Granderson: "GRANDYMAN"
Randal Grichuk: "GRICH"
Teoscar Hernandez: "OCA"
Luke Maile: "LUKEY BARRELS"
Russell Martin: "LE MUSCLE"
Kendrys Morales: "MONINA"
Jake Petricka: "PETEY"
Kevin Pillar: "KP"
Aaron Sanchez: "SANCHIZE"
Luis Santos: "EL NITO"
Justin Smoak: "MOAKEY"
Yangervis Solarte: "TUTU"
Marcus Stroman: "HDMH"
Ryan Tepera: "TEP"
Devon Travis: "D-TRAV"
Troy Tulowitzki: "TULO"
Richard Urena: "RICHI"
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Braves
Ronald Acuna Jr.: "SABANERO SOY"
Ozzie Albies: "PUCHI"
Jesse Biddle: "JB"
Brad Brach: "B-RAD"
Johan Camargo: "JC"
Shane Carle: "SHUGGA"
Rhiner Cruz: "CRUEZY"
Charlie Culberson: "CULBY"
Adam Duvall: "DUVY"
Ryan Flaherty: "FLASH"
Tyler Flowers: "MMBB"
Mike Foltynewicz: "FOLTY"
Freddie Freeman: "ANDREW"
Sam Freeman: "FREEZY"
Max Fried: "MAXIMUS"
Kevin Gausman: "GAUSY"
Ender Inciarte: "GAME ENDER"
Luke Jackson: "SKYWALKER"
Nick Markakis: "TTT"
Brandon McCarthy: "MAC"
A.J. Minter: "MINT"
Sean Newcomb: "NEWK"
Wes Parsons: "PARSONS"
Jose Ramirez: "RAMIREZ"
Anibal Sanchez: "ALEJO"
Mike Soroka: "ROCK"
Kurt Suzuki: "ZUK"
Dansby Swanson: "DANS"
Julio Teheran: "EL CABALLO DE OLAYA"
Jonny Venters: "JV"
Arodys Vizcaino: "ARODYS"
Dan Winkler: "WINK"
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Brewers
Jesus Aguilar: "EL CAUSA"
Matt Albers: "ALBIE"
Chase Anderson: "TEXAS"
Orlando Arcia: "EL NIÑO"
Jacob Barnes: "KING COBRA"
Ryan Braun: "OCHO"
Corbin Burnes: "BURNESY"
Lorenzo Cain: "LO CAIN"
Jhoulys Chacin: "LA MAKINA"
Zach Davies: "COUNS"
Nick Franklin: "NICKY"
Junior Guerra: "CABEZON"
Josh Hader: "STRICKEN"
Jeremy Jeffress: "JOTA JOTA"
Dan Jennings: "DJ"
Corey Knebel: "BIRD DOG"
Erik Kratz: "KRATZY"
Jordan Lyles: "JORDY"
Wade Miley: "MILES"
Mike Moustakas: "MOOSE"
Jimmy Nelson: "BIG SWEAT"
Freddy Peralta: "KACIKI"
Hernan Perez: "PEPPER"
Manny Pina: "PINEAPPLE"
Jonathan Schoop: "MAMBA"
Travis Shaw: "MAYOR-DDC"
Joakim Soria: "JUNIOR"
Brent Suter: "THE RAPTOR"
Eric Thames: "MR. TEE"
Stephen Vogt: "I BELIEVE"
Taylor Williams: "T. WILLY"
Christian Yelich: "YELI"
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Cardinals
Harrison Bader: "TOTS"
Matt Carpenter: "CARP"
Brett Cecil: "SQUINTS"
Paul DeJong: "PAULY"
Jack Flaherty: "FLARE"
Dexter Fowler: "DEX"
John Gant: "GANT"
Adolis Garcia: "EL BOMBI"
Greg Garcia: "GG"
Austin Gomber: "BIG G"
Luke Gregerson: "DUKE"
Jedd Gyorko: "JERK-OH"
Jordan Hicks: "HICKS"
Dakota Hudson: "DAK"
Dominic Leone: "DOMINATOR"
Carlos Martinez: "TSUNAMI"
Jose Martinez: "CAFÉ"
Mike Mayers: "MAYERS"
Miles Mikolas: "MIK"
Yadier Molina: "YADI"
Yairo Munoz: "PALITO"
Bud Norris: "BUDMAN"
Tyler O'Neill: "O'NEILL"
Marcell Ozuna: "THE BIG BEAR"
Francisco Pena: "PEÑITA"
Daniel Poncedeleon: "PONCEDELEON"
Alex Reyes: "A.REY"
Tyson Ross: "FREEWAY"
Chasen Shreve: "SHA-REEF"
Michael Wacha: "WACHAMOLE"
Adam Wainwright: "WAINO"
Luke Weaver: "DREAM"
Tyler Webb: "WEBBY"
Kolten Wong: "THE PEBBLE"
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Cubs
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"
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D-backs
Nick Ahmed: "SLICK NICK"
Matt Andriese: "DREEZY"
Alex Avila: "PARKMAN"
Brad Boxberger: "🎁🍔"
Archie Bradley: "HOLLYWOOD"
Clay Buchholz: "BUCK"
Andrew Chafin: "THE SHERIFF"
Patrick Corbin: "CORBY"
Daniel Descalso: "SCALS"
Jake Diekman: "GUT IT OUT"
Jarrod Dyson: "ZOOMBIYA"
Eduardo Escobar: "EL DE LA PICA"
Zack Godley: "BULL"
Paul Goldschmidt: "GOLDY"
Zack Greinke: "GREINKE"
Robby Hammock: "HAMMER"
Yoshihisa Hirano: "YOSHI SAN"
Jon Jay: "305 J"
Jake Lamb: "LAMBO"
Ketel Marte: "PIKE"
Jeff Mathis: "MATTY"
T.J. McFarland: "RETURN OF THE MAC"
Shelby Miller: "MILLZY"
John Ryan Murphy: "CHOIR BOY"
David Peralta: "FREIGHT TRAIN"
A.J. Pollock: "POLLO"
Robbie Ray: "BOB"
Steven Souza Jr.: "SOUZ"
Taijuan Walker: "TAI WEEZY"
Brad Ziegler: "UNICORN"
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Dodgers
Scott Alexander: "SCOTTIE BOY"
John Axford: "AX MAN"
Pedro Baez: "LA MULA"
Austin Barnes: "SAM"
Cody Bellinger: "BELLI"
Walker Buehler: "FERRIS"
JT Chargois: "SHAG"
Tony Cingrani: "GRANI"
Brian Dozier: "BULL"
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"
Kenta Maeda: "MAEKEN"
Max Muncy: "MUNCE"
Joc Pederson: "KING"
Yasiel Puig: "WILD HORSE"
Hyun-Jin Ryu: "MONSTER"
Zac Rosscup: "CUP"
Dennis Santana: "ANFERNEE"
Corey Seager: "SEAGS"
Ross Stripling: "CHICKEN STRIP"
Chris Taylor: "CT3"
Justin Turner: "REDTURN2"
Julio Urias: "EL CULICHI"
Chase Utley: "SILVER FOX"
Pat Venditte: "P-VITTY"
Alex Wood: "AWOOD"
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Giants
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"
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Indians
Cody Allen: "CHICKEN"
Yonder Alonso: "MR. 305"
Cody Anderson: "BIG RIG"
Trevor Bauer: "BAUER OUTAGE"
Shane Bieber: "NOT JUSTIN"
Michael Brantley: "JUNIOR"
Melky Cabrera: "MELK MAN"
Carlos Carrasco: "COOKIE"
Lonnie Chisenhall: "BIGLON"
Adam Cimber: "CIM"
Mike Clevinger: "SUNSHINE"
Rajai Davis: "RAJ"
Edwin Encarnacion: "RIVERA"
Yan Gomes: "GOMER"
Erik Gonzalez: "LA PARITA"
Nick Goody: "GOODS"
Brandon Guyer: "LA PIÑATA"
Brad Hand: "BROTEIN SHAKE"
Jason Kipnis: "DIRTBAG"
Corey Kluber: "KLUBER"
Francisco Lindor: "MR. SMILE"
Leonys Martin: "THE ASERE"
Andrew Miller: "MILLER TIME"
Tyler Naquin: "BILLY"
Dan Otero: "OT"
Oliver Perez: "OLLIE"
Jose Ramirez: "ENRIQUITO"
Roberto Perez: "BEBO"
Neil Ramirez: "RAMMER"
Danny Salazar: "SALLY"
Josh Tomlin: "SCRUBS"
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Mariners
Dan Altavilla: "BUZZY"
Chasen Bradford: "BLACK BEAR"
Robinson Cano: "NOLO"
Alex Colome: "THE HORSE"
Nelson Cruz: "BOOMSTICK"
Edwin Diaz: "SUGAR"
Zach Duke: "DUKIE"
Roenis Elias: "CUBICHE"
Marco Gonzales: "GONZO"
Dee Gordon: "VARIS"
Mitch Haniger: "MEETCH"
Ryon Healy: "BUBBA"
Felix Hernandez: "KING FELIX"
Chris Herrmann: "WORM"
Mike Leake: "SPIKE"
Wade LeBlanc: "FRENCHY"
Cameron Maybin: "SLIM"
Juan Nicasio: "ARENOSO"
James Paxton: "BIG MAPLE"
James Pazos: "PAPA PAZ"
Erasmo Ramirez: "MITO"
Andrew Romine: "ROMI"
Kyle Seager: "SEAGER"
Jean Segura: "EL MAMBO"
Denard Span: "D-SPAN"
Sam Tuivailala: "TUI"
Nick Vincent: "HUBBA HUBBA"
Adam Warren: "THE WARDEN"
Mike Zunino: "Z"
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Marlins
Brian Anderson: "ANDY"
Kyle Barraclough: "BEAR"
Lewis Brinson: "SWEET LEW"
Starlin Castro: "ALL STARLIN"
Wei-Yin Chen: "WEIGH-IN"
Adam Conley: "ACON"
Garrett Cooper: "COOPALOOP"
Derek Dietrich: "DIETZ"
Isaac Galloway: "GALLO"
Jarlin Garcia: "JARLIN THE MARLIN"
Brett Graves: "BUMP"
Javy Guerra: "JAVY"
Tayron Guerrero: "EL DE BOCACHICA"
Elieser Hernandez: "LILO"
Bryan Holaday: "HOLLY"
Pablo Lopez: "PACHÉ"
Chris O'Grady: "GRIZZ"
Martin Prado: "PRATT"
J.T. Realmuto: "REAL"
Trevor Richards: "RICHIE"
JT Riddle: "T"
Yadiel Rivera: "TIZNAO"
Miguel Rojas: "MIGGY RO"
Drew Rucinski: "RUSINSKI"
Magneuris Sierra: "MIYAGUI"
Caleb Smith: "SMITTY"
Drew Steckenrider: "STECKASAURUS"
Dan Straily: "THUNDER"
Jose Urena: "EL NUEVE"
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Mets
Tyler Bashlor: "BASH"
Jose Bautista: "JOEYBATS"
Jerry Blevins: "JER-RY JER-RY JER-RY"
Jay Bruce: "BRUUUCE"
Yoenis Cespedes: "LA POTENCIA"
Michael Conforto: "SCOOTER"
Travis d'Arnaud: "LIL d"
Jacob deGrom: "deGROM"
Phillip Evans: "BARREL"
Wilmer Flores: "CATIRE"
Todd Frazier: "TODDFATHER"
Robert Gsellman: "G-MAN"
Luis Guillorme: "LUISMI"
Austin Jackson: "A-JAX"
Juan Lagares: "ANGELO"
Seth Lugo: "QUARTERRICAN"
Steven Matz: "MATZY"
Jeff McNeil: "JT"
Devin Mesoraco: "ROCKO"
Rafael Montero: "MONTERO"
Brandon Nimmo: "NIMMS"
Corey Oswalt: "OZ"
Kevin Plawecki: "PLAW DAWG"
AJ Ramos: "JUNIOR"
Jose Reyes: "LA MELAZA"
Jacob Rhame: "RHAMROD"
T.J. Rivera: "T-BUTTA"
Amed Rosario: "EL NIÑO"
Paul Sewald: "PAULIE"
Dominic Smith: "BIG D"
Drew Smith: "SMITTY"
Anthony Swarzak: "T-SWEEZY"
Noah Syndergaard: "THOR"
Jason Vargas: "VARGY"
Bobby Wahl: "PEANUT"
Zack Wheeler: "WHEELS"
David Wright: "D-DUB"
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Nationals
Matt Adams: "BIG CITY"
Joaquin Benoit: "JACK"
Wilmer Difo: "EL DE"
Sean Doolittle: "DOC"
Adam Eaton: "SPANKY"
Erick Fedde: "FEDDECCINI"
Koda Glover: "BEAR"
Gio Gonzalez: "DOUBLE G"
Matt Grace: "GRACEY"
Bryce Harper: "MONDO"
Jeremy Hellickson: "HELLY"
Kelvin Herrera: "K 40"
Greg Holland: "HOLLY"
Howie Kendrick: "TRUCK"
Spencer Kieboom: "BOOMER"
Ryan Madson: "BLEST"
Justin Miller: "J. MILLZ"
Tommy Milone: "TOMASO"
Daniel Murphy: "MURPH"
Anthony Rendon: "ANT"
Mark Reynolds: "SHERIFF"
Tanner Roark: "T-RO"
Joe Ross: "JR"
Max Scherzer: "BLUE EYE"
Jhonatan Solano: "TATAN"
Sammy Solis: "BIG ANGUS"
Juan Soto: "JUANJO"
Wander Suero: "THE ANIMAL"
Stephen Strasburg: "STRAS"
Michael A. Taylor: "MIGGY"
Trea Turner: "TRIPLE TREA"
Matt Wieters: "MAUI"
Ryan Zimmerman: "ZIM"
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Orioles
Pedro Araujo: "EL MONTRO"
Tim Beckham: "SWAGGY"
Richard Bleier: "DICKIE B."
Dylan Bundy: "DILLY"
Cody Carroll: "CC"
Andrew Cashner: "CASH"
Miguel Castro: "VILLA HERMOSA"
Alex Cobb: "COBB"
Chris Davis: "CRUSH"
Paul Fry: "PAPA FRITA"
Craig Gentry: "GENT"
Mychal Givens: "TONY"
Donnie Hart: "D. HART"
David Hess: "HESSER"
Adam Jones: "LA GENTE"
Caleb Joseph: "CALE"
Trey Mancini: "BOOMER"
Jhan Marinez: "LA ELECTRICIDAD"
Renato Nunez: "TATO"
Jace Peterson: "PETEY"
Evan Phillips: "PHILLY"
Yefry Ramirez: "EL VARÓN"
Joey Rickard: "J-RICK"
Tanner Scott: "SCOTTIE"
Mark Trumbo: "TRUM"
Danny Valencia: "SLUGGER"
Jonathan Villar: "VILLI"
Steve Wilkerson: "BREEZE"
Mike Wright Jr.: "BIRD"
Austin Wynns "WINNIE"
Gabriel Ynoa: "EL TIGUERE"
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Padres
Carlos Asuaje: "CARL"
Colten Brewer: "BREWSKI"
Jose Castillo: "BIG DUDE"
Franchy Cordero: "CORDY"
Alex Dickerson: "DICKERSON"
A.J. Ellis: "DAD"
Robbie Erlin: "BOB"
Freddy Galvis: "TOCO"
Austin Hedges: "HEDGEY"
Eric Hosmer: "PAPO"
Phil Hughes: "PEEJ"
Travis Jankowski: "FRED"
Brett Kennedy: "KENNEDY"
Dinelson Lamet: "EL FLACO"
Eric Lauer: "GOMER"
Walker Lockett: "LOCKETT"
Joey Lucchesi: "JOEY FUEGO"
Manuel Margot: "YOANDRY"
Phil Maton: "SPIN RATE"
Wil Myers: "WIL"
Bryan Mitchell: "MITCH"
Luis Perdomo: "EL CHAMAQUITO"
Jose Pirela: "AGUILA NEGRA"
Hunter Renfroe: "FROE"
Franmil Reyes: "LA MOLE"
Clayton Richard: "CLAY CLAY"
Cory Spangenberg: "SPANGY"
Craig Stammen: "TRIG"
Robert Stock: "CRETCH"
Matt Strahm: "STRAHMY"
Christian Villanueva: "VILLA"
Trey Wingenter: "WINGENTER"
Kirby Yates: "KIRBS"
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Phillies
Jorge Alfaro: "EL OSO"
Victor Arano: "EL WEY"
Jake Arrieta: "SNAKE"
Justin Bour: "JB"
Asdrubal Cabrera: "CHIQUITÍN"
J.P. Crawford: "CRAW"
Austin Davis: "BIG FUDGE"
Enyel De Los Santos: "DE LOS SANTOS"
Seranthony Dominguez: "SIR ANTHONY"
Jerad Eickhoff: "EICK"
Zach Eflin: "EF"
Pedro Florimon: "DON RAMÓN"
Maikel Franco: "COMPA F"
Luis Garcia: "COMPA G"
Cesar Hernandez: "CESITA"
Odubel Herrera: "TORITO"
Rhys Hoskins: "BIG FELLA"
Tommy Hunter: "BIGGER FELLA"
Scott Kingery: "JETPAX"
Andrew Knapp: "KNAPP TIME"
Aaron Loup: "WOLF"
Adam Morgan: "A-MO"
Pat Neshek: "NESHEK"
Aaron Nola: "NOLS"
Roman Quinn: "ROME"
Nick Pivetta: "PIVETTA"
Wilson Ramos: "BUFFALO"
Carlos Santana: "SLAMTANA"
Vince Velasquez: "VICENTE"
Nick Williams: "NICKY DUBS"
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Pirates
Chris Archer: "FLACO FUERTE"
Josh Bell: "JB"
Francisco Cervelli: "CISCO"
Kyle Crick: "CRICKY"
Elias Diaz: "EL MARACUCHO"
Corey Dickerson: "C-DIZZLE"
Adam Frazier: "FRAZ"
David Freese: "DAVEHUMAN"
Josh Harrison: "J HAY"
Adeiny Hechavarria: "LA PANTERA UUFF"
Keone Kela: "KEY"
Chad Kuhl: "CHET"
Jordan Luplow: "LUPLOW"
Starling Marte: "TATO"
Jordy Mercer: "THE ROOK"
Colin Moran: "REDBEARD"
Joe Musgrove: "MOOSE"
Dovydas Neverauskas: "LITHUANIAN"
Ivan Nova: "SUPER NOVA"
Gregory Polanco: "EL COFFEE"
Richard Rodriguez: "PERRO FLACO"
Sean Rodriguez: "CHICH"
Casey Sadler: "SADS"
Edgar Santana: "BICEPS"
A.J. Schugel: "SCHUG"
Jameson Taillon: "JAMO"
Felipe Vazquez: "NIGHTMARE"
Trevor Williams: "PROJECT"
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Rangers
Elvis Andrus: "MERULO JR"
Tony Barnette: "BARNITEZ"
Adrian Beltre: "EL KOJA"
Matt Bush: "MATTY ICE"
Eddie Butler: "SPAGHETTI"
Willie Calhoun: "JUNE"
Robinson Chirinos: "PELO BUCHE"
Shin-Soo Choo: "추신수"
Alex Claudio: "AC"
Bartolo Colon: "MORALES"
Delino DeShields: "LIL BOP"
Doug Fister: "FIST"
Yovani Gallardo: "YO"
Joey Gallo: "PICO DE GALLO"
Cory Gearrin: "CEEGEE"
Ronald Guzman: "CEPEDA"
Ronald Herrera: "HERRERA"
Drew Hutchison: "HUTCH"
Isiah Kiner-Falefa: "IZZY"
Ariel Jurado: "BARTOLITO"
Jose Leclerc: "PICO"
Chris Martin: "C-MART"
Nomar Mazara: "BIG CHILL"
Mike Minor: "SPYKEZYLLA"
Matt Moore: "MATT MAN"
Rougned Odor: "EL TIPO"
Martin Perez: "EL DE LAS MATAS"
Jurickson Profar: "EL PATRON"
Ryan Rua: "RYNO"
Drew Robinson: "PETEY"
Carlos Tocci: "EL MUSIU"
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Rays
Willy Adames: "THE KID"
Jose Alvarado: "EL POCHO"
Jake Bauers: "JB"
Jalen Beeks: "BEEKER"
Diego Castillo: "SAMANA"
Yonny Chirinos: "YONITO"
Ji-Man Choi: "JI"
C.J. Cron: "BIG FELLA"
Jose De Leon: "PULPITO"
Matt Duffy: "DUFFMAN"
Jake Faria: "FUH-REE-UH"
Wilmer Font: "FONKY"
Tyler Glasnow: "MINI HORSE"
Carlos Gomez: "EL FINAL"
Kevin Kiermaier: "OUTLAW"
Adam Kolarek: "AK"
Vidal Nuno: "SLEEPY"
Michael Perez: "MYKII"
Tommy Pham: "PHAMTASTIC"
Daniel Robertson: "D-ROB"
Chaz Roe: "RANCH"
Sergio Romo: "EL MECHÓN"
Jaime Schultz: "SCHULTZY"
Mallex Smith: "M EFFECT"
Blake Snell: "ZILLA"
Ryne Stanek: "STANNY"
Jesus Sucre: "SOOKY"
Joey Wendle: "MENDLE"
Hunter Wood: "WOODY"
Ryan Yarbrough: "YARBITRON"
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Red Sox
Matt Barnes: "BARNACLES"
Andrew Benintendi: "BENNY"
Mookie Betts: "MOOKIE"
Xander Bogaerts: "BOGIE"
Jackie Bradley Jr.: "JBJ"
Dan Butler: "BUTLER"
Rafael Devers: "CARITA"
Nathan Eovaldi: "EVO"
Heath Hembree: "HEATER HERE"
Marco Hernandez: "MARKITO"
Brock Holt: "BROCKSTAR"
Brian Johnson: "BJ"
Joe Kelly: "JIMMY B"
Ian Kinsler: "BOOTSIE"
Craig Kimbrel: "DIRTY CRAIG"
Sandy Leon: "NOAH"
Austin Maddox: "MADD DAWG"
J.D. Martinez: "FLACO"
Mitch Moreland: "2 - BAGS"
Eduardo Nunez: "NUNIE"
Steve Pearce: "LATE LIGHTNING"
Dustin Pedroia: "PEDEY"
Drew Pomeranz: "BIG SMOOTH"
Rick Porcello: "VEINTIDÓS"
David Price: "SLIM DUNKIN"
Eduardo Rodriguez: "EL GUALO"
Chris Sale: "THE CONDUCTOR"
Carson Smith: "SMITTY"
Blake Swihart: "SWI"
Tyler Thornburg: "THORN"
Christian Vazquez: "COLO"
Hector Velazquez: "CABEZON"
Brandon Workman: "WORK"
Steven Wright: "KNUCKSIE"
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Reds
Homer Bailey: "HOMER"
Tucker Barnhart: "BARNEY"
Alex Blandino: "BLANDY"
Curt Casali: "CAS"
Luis Castillo: "LA PIEDRA"
Rookie Davis: "BILL"
Anthony DeSclafani: "DISCO"
Brandon Dixon: "B DIX"
Phillip Ervin: "MAGIC"
Amir Garrett: "AG"
Scooter Gennett: "DAL3"
Billy Hamilton: "BONE"
Matt Harvey: "HARV"
David Hernandez: "D HERN"
Dilson Herrera: "DILLY"
Jared Hughes: "ROBOT"
Raisel Iglesias: "EL CICLON"
Michael Lorenzen: "ZEN MASTER"
Keury Mella: "MANINI"
Wandy Peralta: "LA GRASA"
Jose Peraza: "EL LLANERO"
Sal Romano: "BIG SALLY"
Scott Schebler: "SHEB"
Jackson Stephens: "JACKO"
Robert Stephenson: "BOB"
Eugenio Suarez: "NICOLLE"
Preston Tucker: "TUCK"
Joey Votto: "IN FLANDERS FIELDS"
Mason Williams: "MASE"
Jesse Winker: "WINK"
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Rockies
Yency Almonte: "SHOWTIME"
Tyler Anderson: "MR. DUCK"
Nolan Arenado: "NADO"
Chad Bettis: "LETTUCE"
Charlie Blackmon: "CHUCK NAZTY"
David Dahl: "BABY DAHL"
Wade Davis: "WADER"
Ian Desmond: "DEZ"
Mike Dunn: "DUNNER"
Kyle Freeland: "TWO ONE"
Carlos Gonzalez: "CARGO"
Jon Gray: "GRAY WOLF"
Chris Iannetta: "C I"
DJ LeMahieu: "DJ"
German Marquez: "MARQUEE"
Jake McGee: "MACCHEEZ"
Ryan McMahon: "McDOOGLE"
Harrison Musgrave: "MUSKY"
Scott Oberg: "OBIE"
Seunghwan Oh: "오승환"
Adam Ottavino: "AO"
Gerardo Parra: "EL YOLO"
Chris Rusin: "RUSS"
Antonio Senzatela: "SENZE"
Bryan Shaw: "GEEK"
Trevor Story: "TREV"
Pat Valaika: "BARRELS"
Tony Wolters: "T-DUB"
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Royals
Jorge Bonifacio: "EL BONI"
Blaine Boyer: "BLAZER"
Drew Butera: "VITO"
Hunter Dozier: "DOZ"
Lucas Duda: "DUDE"
Danny Duffy: "CHILL SERGEANT"
Alcides Escobar: "MAGIC"
Heath Fillmyer: "FILLY"
Brian Flynn: "FLYNNY"
Jesse Hahn: "J HOOD"
Jason Hammel: "HAMMER"
Alex Gordon: "GORDO"
Rosell Herrera: "VARON"
Tim Hill: "HILL"
Jakob Junis: "JUNE BUG"
Nate Karns: "NATE DOGG"
Brad Keller: "B. K."
Ian Kennedy: "BUDDA"
Brandon Maurer: "MAURER POWER"
Kevin McCarthy: "MAC"
Whit Merrifield: "WHITLEY"
Adalberto Mondesi: "LA GUINEA"
Ryan O'Hearn: "BROHEARN"
Wily Peralta: "BIG WILY"
Salvador Perez: "EL NIÑO"
Brett Phillips: "MAVERICK"
Eric Skoglund: "SKOGS:
Burch Smith: "SMITTY"
Glenn Sparkman: "SPARKY"
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Tigers
Jim Adduci: "DEUCE"
Victor Alcantara: "V"
Matthew Boyd: "MATTY B"
Jeimer Candelario: "CANDY"
Miguel Cabrera: "MIGGY"
Nicholas Castellanos: "NICK"
Louis Coleman: "HAROLD"
Buck Farmer: "GEORGE"
Michael Fulmer: "THE PLUMBER"
Mike Gerber: "GERBS"
Niko Goodrum: "J.J MUMFORD"
Shane Greene: "SHANER"
Grayson Greiner: "GARY"
Blaine Hardy: "HARDY BOY"
John Hicks: "JAZZ"
Jose Iglesias: "CANDELITA"
Joe Jimenez: "JO JO"
JaCoby Jones: "JUICY J"
Artie Lewicki: :"LOU"
Francisco Liriano: "LIRI"
Victor Martinez: "PAPICHO"
James McCann: "McCANNON"
Daniel Norris: "D. NO"
Victor Reyes: "VIC"
Ronny Rodriguez: "EL FELINO"
Jacob Turner: "JET"
Drew VerHagen: "VERGY"
Alex Wilson: "WILLY"
Jordan Zimmermann: "J Z"
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Twins
Ehire Adrianza: "GUARENERO"
Tyler Austin: "TA"
Matt Belisle: "BELISLE"
Jose Berrios: "LA MAKINA"
Jason Castro: "STRO"
Jake Cave: "CAVEMAN Oliver Drake: "BUCKO"
Johnny Field: "J. FIELD"
Logan Forsythe: "LOGIE BEAR"
Mitch Garver: "GARV SAUCE"
Kyle Gibson: "GIBBY"
Robbie Grossman: "GROSSMAN"
Trevor Hildenberger: "HILDY"
Max Kepler: "RÓŻYCKI"
Matt Magill: "GOOSE"
Joe Mauer: "MAUER"
Trevor May: "LURCH"
Adalberto Mejia: "VOLADOR"
Logan Morrison: "LOMO"
Gabriel Moya: "LITTLE GUARDADO"
Jake Odorizzi: "ODO"
Michael Pineda: "BIG MIKE"
Jorge Polanco: "CHULO"
Addison Reed: "REEDER"
Fernando Rodney: "UIYA CLARA"
Eddie Rosario: "EDISITO"
Taylor Rogers: "M. ROGERS"
Miguel Sano: "BOQUETON"
Ervin Santana: "MAGIC"
Aaron Slegers: "SLEGS"
Bobby Wilson: "BEEDUB"
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White Sox
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"
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Yankees
Miguel Andujar: "PAPÁ"
Dellin Betances: "EL ACIDO"
Greg Bird: "BIRD"
Zach Britton: "ANGLADA"
Aroldis Chapman: "THE MISSILE"
A.J. Cole: "AJ"
Jacoby Ellsbury: "ELLSBURY"
Clint Frazier: "EL ROJO"
Brett Gardner: "GARDNER"
Sonny Gray: "PICKLES"
Didi Gregorius: "THE KNIGHT"
Chad Green: "GREENY"
J.A. Happ: "HAPPER"
Ben Heller: "HELLER"
Aaron Hicks: "HICKSIE"
Jonathan Holder: "HOLDY"
Aaron Judge: "JUDGE"
Lance Lynn: "MIA"
Jordan Montgomery: "MONTY"
David Robertson: "D-ROB"
Austin Romine: "RO"
CC Sabathia: "DUB"
Gary Sanchez: "KRAKEN"
Luis Severino: "SEVY"
Giancarlo Stanton: "G"
Masahiro Tanaka: "TANAKA TIME"
Gleyber Torres: "GT"
Luke Voit: "LOUIS"
Neil Walker: "WALKIE"
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