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 Twins' big leaguers will wear on their backs while sporting colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring
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 Twins' big leaguers will wear on their backs while sporting colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth-league uniforms:
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Ehire Adrianza: "GUARENERO"
Adrianza is from Guarenas, Venezuela, and wanted to pay tribute to his hometown.
Christopher Austin: "TA"
Matt Belisle: "BELISLE"
Jose Berrios: "LA MAKINA"
Berrios has had the nickname "La Makina," which means "The Machine," since he was in the Minor Leagues, but last year he chose "Orlandito," which means "Little Orlando." He's known by that name in his native Puerto Rico as the son of fellow former pitcher Orlando Berrios.
Jason Castro: "STRO"
Jake Cave: "CAVEMAN"
Oliver Drake: "BUCKO"
Johnny Field: "J. FIELD"
John Forsythe: "LOGIE BEAR"
Mitch Garver: "GARV SAUCE"
Kyle Gibson: "GIBBY"
Robbie Grossman: "GROSSMAN"
Trevor Hildenberger: "HILDY"
Max Kepler: "RÓŻYCKI"
Rozycki is Kepler's last name, as his full name is Maximilian Kepler-Rozycki, but he decided to shorten it and go with his mom's last name in the Majors. His mom, Kathy Kepler, is an American-born ballet dancer who met his father, Marek Rozycki, a Polish-born ballet dancer, in Berlin where they married and raised Max and his sister.
Matt Magill: "GOOSE"
Magill is a fan of the movie Top Gun and picked his nickname after the character Nick "Goose" Bradshaw, played by Anthony Edwards. Magill and his wife, Melissa, just had their first son, named Maverick, on Aug. 4. Tom Cruise plays Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in the movie.
Joe Mauer: "MAUER"
Trevor May: "LURCH"
May said he was called Lurch as a nickname in 2008 and it's stuck ever since. In his Twitter profile, he goes by Trevor "Lurch" May and is an active gamer and eSports entrepreneur.
Adalberto Mejia: "VOLADOR"
Logan Morrison: "LOMO"
Gabriel Moya: "LITTLE GUARDADO"
In one of the funnier nicknames on the team, Moya is given the nickname "Little Guardado" because of his similar physical stature to Twins bullpen coach Eddie Guardado. Moya, a left-handed reliever just like Guardado, would love to have a similar career to the former closer, as Guardado is in the Twins' Hall of Fame.
Jake Odorizzi: "ODO"
Michael Pineda: "BIG MIKE"
Jorge Polanco: "CHULO"
Polanco said it's been his nickname since he was a baby, given to him by his uncle. It roughly translates to "pretty boy," and is what his family calls him.
Addison Reed: "REEDER"
Eddie Rosario: "EDISITO"
Taylor Rogers: "M. ROGERS"
Miguel Sano: "BOQUETON"
The nickname roughly translates to "Big Mouth," referring to the fun that Sano likes to have while on the field, jawing with his teammates and being entertaining in the clubhouse.
Ervin Santana: "MAGIC"
Santana is a big basketball fan and was called "Magic" as a kid for the way he played basketball. Earvin "Magic" Johnson is his favorite player, and he also named himself after Johnson while in the Minor Leagues, changing his name from Johan to Ervin to avoid confusion with the former Twins Cy Young Award winner.
Aaron Slegers: "SLEGS"
Bobby Wilson: "BEEDUB"