Rangers explain Players' Weekend nicknames

August 19th, 2019

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are ready to show off their nicknames for Players’ Weekend from Friday to Sunday when they play the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.

This is the third year that Major League players get to choose a nickname that allows them to show a little personality for three days. Some are obvious and some not quite so.

Here are the Rangers' nicknames with a few explanations.

Andrus is El Comando because he has become one of the “commanders” on the Rangers squad.

Osito means Teddy (as in teddy bear) in Spanish.


Choo has always been proud of his Korean heritage.

In honor of his father Delino DeShields, the former Major League second baseman who was known as Bop.


Unfortunately, Gallo is on the injured list so he won’t be able to show off his favorite hot sauce.


Jurado has always reminded people of a young so he will be Bartolito.

: "PICO"
This is a reference to his nose, as pico is peak in Spanish.

: "ML²"
His full name is Michael Lance Lynn.

This is in honor of former Rangers Minor League pitching coach George "Joey" Seaver, who passed away last December. Said Martin, “He was like a father figure to me. I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for him.”

He shares that with Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson.

This is his long-standing nickname referring to his cool, unflappable demeanor on the field.



It means "dude" or "chap" in Spanish and that's Odor's reputation due to his satorial sharpness in the way he dresses.

Pedro Payano: "PAYANITO"

: "¯\(ツ)/¯"
Pence chose an emoji of a stick figure shrugging, saying, “I really don’t have a nickname and I love that emoji.”

Yo Rocky!

Because he was the little one of his family growing up.

He shares this with a famous fountain in Rome.