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

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Joaquin Benoit: "JACK"
Wilmer Difo: "EL DE"
Sean Doolittle: "DOC"
Adam Eaton: "SPANKY"
Erick Fedde: "FEDDECCINI"

Fedde actually pitched on Player's Weekend last season, but he did not have a nickname because he was not on the roster when the names were selected. He was sitting with Tommy Milone when they came up with the name. He also likes the pasta.

Koda Glover: "BEAR

Glover's first name means "Bear" in Cherokee, and the Oklahoma native is proud of his heritage after growing up in a town of fewer than 200 people. 

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"

It's an acronym for the names of his five children: Ben, Luke, Ella, Sean and Tyler. 

Justin Miller: "J. MILLZ"
Tommy Milone: "TOMASO"
Anthony Rendon: "ANT"
Mark Reynolds: "SHERIFF"

When Reynolds first got called up to the Majors and went on a hot streak, a broadcaster proclaimed, "There's a new sheriff in town." The name sort of stuck and Reynolds has been known as "The Sheriff" ever since.

Tanner Roark: "T-RO"
Joe Ross: "JR"
Max Scherzer: "BLUE EYE"

A lot about Scherzer stands out, but one of his defining physical traits are his different colored eyes. Although he has said his pitching eye is his brown eye, he decided to use the name "Blue Eye" on the back of his jersey. 

Jhonatan Solano: "TATAN"
Sammy Solis: "BIG ANGUS"

Two years ago, former Nats reliever Matt Belisle gave the nickname to Solis shortly after their introduction because Solis was a big, meaty guy, according to Belisle, Solis recalled. Solis texted him a picture of the jersey when he got it. 

Juan Soto: "JUANJO"
Wander Suero: "THE ANIMAL"
Stephen Strasburg: "STRAS"
Michael A. Taylor: "MIGGY"
Trea Turner: "TRIPLE TREA"
Matt Wieters: "MAUI"

A nickname given to him by former Nats outfielder Chris Heisey.

"I'd never heard it before and thought it was original, so it kind of stuck," Wieters said.

Ryan Zimmerman: "ZIM"

Jamal Collier has covered the Nationals for MLB.com since 2016. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

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