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

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Chris Archer: "FLACO FUERTE"

Josh Bell: "JB"

Francisco Cervelli: "CISCO"

Kyle Crick: "CRICKY"

Elias Diaz: "EL MARACUCHO"
This one is all about home for Diaz, a native of the Venezuelan city of Maracaibo. Last year, he met a handful of Little Leaguers from his hometown at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., and said they couldn't believe there was a big leaguer from Maracaibo, a "maracucho" just like them.

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Corey Dickerson: "C-DIZZLE"

Adam Frazier: "FRAZ"

David Freese: "DAVEHUMAN"
This was perhaps the Pirates' most unusual nickname a year ago, but the story is familiar by now. Freese and his wife, Mairin, have a dog named Bob. One of Freese's friends, Bob, has a dog named Dave. When they're together, Freese goes by Davehuman and Bob (the dog, not the friend) is Bobdog.

Josh Harrison: "J HAY"
He's been "J-Hay" since he was a kid, so there's no sense changing it up now. Harrison goes by this nickname more often than either his first or last name, and it's even his Twitter handle: @jhay_da_man.

Adeiny Hechavarria: "LA PANTERA UUFF"

Keone Kela: "KEY"
After arriving in Pittsburgh's clubhouse following the Trade Deadline, Kela quickly issued a friendly notice that everyone should call him "Key."

Chad Kuhl: "CHET"
Pirates fans learned last year that "Chet" is essentially a more aggressive alter ego for the mild-mannered Kuhl. The right-hander is currently on the 60-day disabled list, but "Chet" -- Kuhl's hard-throwing, hyper-competitive persona -- will return whenever Kuhl is able to take the mound again.

Jordan Luplow: "LUPLOW"
Luplow laughed when informed on Thursday that his "nickname" was simply his last name. He goes by "Loop," and his Players' Weekend jersey may ultimately reflect that.

Starling Marte: "TATO"

Jordy Mercer: "THE ROOK"
Mercer is a veteran leader for the Pirates, but he's sticking with the same nickname he used last season. Mercer earned the moniker as a freshman at Oklahoma State University.

Colin Moran: "REDBEARD"
Have you seen him? After joining the Pirates in January, Moran quickly became known for his calm, almost expressionless demeanor and his bushy red beard.

Joe Musgrove: "MOOSE"

Dovydas Neverauskas: "LITHUANIAN"
This one's not too complicated. Last year, Neverauskas became the first Lithuanian player in Major League history. Nobody can share this nickname with Neverauskas.

Ivan Nova: "SUPER NOVA"

Gregory Polanco: "EL COFFEE"

Richard Rodriguez: "PERRO FLACO"

Sean Rodriguez: "CHICH"
This is the same nickname Rodriguez used last season, an abbreviation of his longtime nickname "Chi Chi," which may be related to golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez.

Casey Sadler: "SADS"

Edgar Santana: "BICEPS"

A.J. Schugel: "SCHUG"

Jameson Taillon: "JAMO"
Spoken like "J-Mo," his Players' Weekend nickname last season, this is Taillon's most frequently used nickname around the clubhouse.

Felipe Vazquez: "NIGHTMARE"
Vazquez picked up this nickname around Players' Weekend last season, and it stuck. The hard-throwing lefty closer even incorporated the moniker into his extracurricular duties in Pittsburgh's clubhouse, taking on the name "DJ Nightmare."

Trevor Williams: "PROJECT"
This might be the cleverest use of the opportunity. Williams' nickname will be above his jersey number, spelling out "Project 34." That is the name of Williams' charitable nonprofit organization benefiting people with spinal cord injuries. Williams changed his jersey number to 34 this season in honor of his friend and former teammate, Cory Hahn, who was paralyzed from the chest down after sliding headfirst into second base at Arizona State University.

Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and read his blog.

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