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Mariners' nicknames for Players' Weekend

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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.

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

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 Mariners will wear on their backs while sporting colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth-league uniforms:

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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"
-- "That's actually my real name," Gordon said. "I don't go by Dee at home. It's Devaris or Varis. The reason I go by Dee is so many people chop and mess up my name so bad. They say Darius or Devarius. "My family calls me Devaris. In high school, since I have two last names [Strange-Gordon], they called me 'Dee-Strange,' because I could shoot in hoops. They called me 'Dee-Strange with the range.'" In his first year in the Minors, though, a public address announcer called him "Devarnius Strange-Gordon," which prompted a change: "I said, 'I'm just going by Dee Gordon from now on."
Mitch Haniger: "MEETCH"
Ryon Healy: "BUBBA"
Felix Hernandez: "KING FELIX"
-- "No idea who [the first to call me King Felix] was," Hernandez said. "Some magazine or paper, I don't know. As soon as I got here to the big leagues, the name was already there. I was in Tacoma, the name was already 'King.' ... I love it."
Chris Herrmann: "WORM"
Mike Leake: "SPIKE"
-- "Last year I went with Sparky and that was what the traveling secretary gave me. And then Jack [Mosimann], our traveling secretary, wanted to switch it to Spike, that's where it came from," Leake said. "There might be future years where I pick it myself."
Wade LeBlanc: "FRENCHY"
Cameron Maybin: "SLIM"
"I wanted to go with Spider-Mayb, but I guess through the rights, I don't know how it all works, but when I was in San Diego, Dick Enberg used to call me 'Daddy Long Legs,' so Spider-Mayb kind of stuck, but I'm not allowed to do that. So Slim, Slim's always a good one, though," Maybin said. "It was passed down. Me and my dad, we look a lot alike, I got the tattoo 'Slim' on my forearm. My dad, it's pretty much what he always calls me, so it's my go-to."
Juan Nicasio: "ARENOSO"
James Paxton: "BIG MAPLE"
James Pazos: "PAPA PAZ"
Erasmo Ramirez: "MITO"
Andrew Romine: "ROMI"
Kyle Seager: "SEAGER"
-- "Corey's Brother didn't really work last year how I was hoping it would," Seager said. "I had no hits and I'm pretty sure I had a couple errors that series, so it definitely had to go. And way too many interviews, also. I got way too popular and way too cool. I couldn't do it."
Jean Segura: "EL MAMBO"
Denard Span: "D-SPAN"
Sam Tuivailala: "TUI"
Nick Vincent: "HUBBA HUBBA"
Adam Warren: "THE WARDEN"
"I was at an autograph signing four, five years ago and one guy came up and asked me if I could sign my nickname. I was like, 'I don't have a nickname, what's my nickname?' And he said, 'Yeah, it's The Warden, I read it online,'" Warren said. "There's a ball out there that says, 'Adam Warren, The Warden' on it. I haven't [signed another], there's only one out there. I even went online to try to figure out where he found it, and I couldn't find it, so not sure how that started. I actually kind of like it."
Mike Zunino: "Z"

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

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