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'Bedrock' to join Angels on Players Weekend

Bedrosian honoring dad's MLB legacy with nickname
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Every time Cam Bedrosian takes the mound for the Angels, he's following in the footsteps of his father, Cy Young Award-winning closer Steve Bedrosian. He'll have an opportunity to pay further tribute to his dad during the inaugural Players Weekend from Friday to Sunday, when he plans to wear the family moniker "Bedrock" on the back of his jersey.

"I did it kind of as a homage to my dad," Bedrosian said. "That was his nickname playing, and he kind of passed it down. From when I was a kid, everyone called us 'Bedrock' too, everyone that knew my dad. So I thought it would be a cool thing."

Every time Cam Bedrosian takes the mound for the Angels, he's following in the footsteps of his father, Cy Young Award-winning closer Steve Bedrosian. He'll have an opportunity to pay further tribute to his dad during the inaugural Players Weekend from Friday to Sunday, when he plans to wear the family moniker "Bedrock" on the back of his jersey.

"I did it kind of as a homage to my dad," Bedrosian said. "That was his nickname playing, and he kind of passed it down. From when I was a kid, everyone called us 'Bedrock' too, everyone that knew my dad. So I thought it would be a cool thing."

Bedrosian said he's a little hazy on the exact origins of the nickname, though he believes his dad may have gotten it from a pitching coach who thought he was a "tough guy." The elder Bedrosian pitched in the Majors for 14 seasons and was one of the most dominant relievers of the 1980s.

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After retiring, Steve coached high school baseball in Georgia, and his sons inherited the "Bedrock" name when they started playing the sport. In fact, the nickname is so ingrained in the family that Cam's middle name is "Rock."

"My dad wanted at least one of our names to have 'Rock' in it," Cam Bedrosian said. "I was the last boy, and he begged my mom. She said OK."

In addition to displaying nicknames on the back of their jerseys, all players will wear colorful, non-traditional uniforms made by Majestic Athletic during Players Weekend. MLB will also ease its uniform rules and allow players to wear and use uniquely colored and designed spikes, batting gloves, wristbands, compression sleeves, catcher's masks and bats.

"I like it," Bedrosian said. "It's different. I'm interested in how everything goes. I've seen some cool names on the back of jerseys, like Kyle Seager's says 'Corey's Brother' for fun."

Players Weekend: Nicknames of the game

Players will wear specially designed caps by New Era, and unique socks from Stance. During pregame workouts and postgame interviews, they will wear T-shirts highlighting a charity or cause of their choice. Each player will also wear a special patch on his sleeve with the name of a person who they are grateful to for helping them advance their careers.

Game-worn, Players Weekend jerseys will be auctioned at MLB.com/auctions with 100% of net proceeds donated to the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation, a joint effort established in July 2015 by MLB and the MLBPA with an initial commitment of $30 million focused on improving the caliber, effectiveness and availability of amateur baseball and softball programs across the U.S. and Canada.

The uniforms will first be worn by the Pirates and Cardinals during the MLB Little League Classic to be played in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, on Sunday, August 20 during the 2017 Little League World Series. That game will take place at Bowman Field, home of the Williamsport Crosscutters, a Phillies affiliate in the short-season Class A New York-Penn League.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.

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