ST. PETERSBURG -- The Orioles, who traded six players last month, already have a lot of new names and faces. But at the end of this month, Baltimore -- along with the other 29 teams -- will give its fans a chance to get to know the players a little
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Orioles, who traded six players last month, already have a lot of new names and faces. But at the end of this month, Baltimore -- along with the other 29 teams -- will give its fans a chance to get to know the players a little better. The O's unveiled their Players' Weekend jerseys on Thursday afternoon, revealing the nicknames Baltimore will display when it hosts the Yankees from Aug. 24-26.
Some of the names chosen by the guys currently on the club's 25-man roster are self-explanatory, like "Cale" for O's catcher Caleb Joseph. Others need a little introduction.
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Adam Jones will wear La Gente, which loosely translates to "the man" or a group. Miguel Castro will honor his hometown by wearing "Villa Hermosa," the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of Tabasco.
Mike Wright Jr. will don "Bird," a shortening of the Big Bird nickname he got in his younger days for being so tall and having an impressive head of hair. Trey Mancini will go with "Boomer," his college nickname from Notre Dame, while pitcher Yefry Ramirez's "El Varon" translates into "The Man."
Once again, righty Mychal Givens will pay tribute to his Dominican heritage by shortening middle name, Antonio, and donning "Tony" on his jersey.
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Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who did not participate last year, will finally get "Buck" on the back of his jersey.
Game-worn Players' Weekend jerseys will be auctioned at MLB.com/auctions. All proceeds will be 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 United States and Canada.
Here are the nicknames the Orioles will wear on their backs while sporting colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth-league uniforms:
Pedro Araujo: "EL MONTRO"
Timothy Beckham: "SWAGGY"
Richard Bleier: "DICKIE B."
Dylan Bundy: "DILLY"
Cody Carroll: "CC"
Andrew Cashner: "CASH"
Miguel Castro: "VILLA HERMOSA"
Alex Cobb: "COBB"
Chris Davis: "CRUSH"
Paul Fry: "PAPA FRITA"
Craig Gentry: "GENT"
Mychal Givens: "TONY"
Donnie Hart: "D. HART"
David Hess: "HESSER"
Adam Jones: "LA GENTE"
Caleb Joseph: "CALE"
Trey Mancini: "BOOMER"
Jhan Marinez: "LA ELECTRICIDAD"
Cedric Mullins: "THE ENTERTAINER"
Renato Nunez: "TATO"
Jace Peterson: "PETEY"
Evan Phillips: "PHILLY"
Yefry Ramirez: "EL VARÓN"
Joey Rickard: "J-RICK"
Tanner Scott: "SCOTTIE"
Mark Trumbo: "TRUM"
Jonathan Villar: "VILLI"
Steve Wilkerson: "BREEZE"
Mike Wright Jr.: "BIRD"
Austin Wynns "WINNIE"
Gabriel Ynoa: "EL TIGUERE"
Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.