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.
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Here are the nicknames 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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Jose Abreu: "MAL TIEMPO"
Tim Anderson: "TA7"
Luis Avilan: "AVI"
Xavier Cedeno: "X"
Dylan Covey: "COVE"
Tyler Danish: "DANISH"
Matt Davidson: "MATTY D"
Nicky Delmonico: "PUP"
Adam Engel: "MAN OF STEAL"
Danny Farquhar: "D-FARK"
Jace Fry: "FOO"
Fry explained Saturday that nickname goes back to his Little League days and his coach, Ron Wold.
"From like eight years old until 13, he was my All-Star coach. He called me Foo," Fry said. "Never gave me a reason. He started calling me Foo. I used that, and I figure I would buy the jersey after the game and send it to him."
Avisail Garcia: "AVI"
Leury Garcia: "LEO"
Lucas Giolito: "BIG FOOT"
Big Foot was given to Giolito by Anderson.
"Earlier this season, April [or] May, I was knocking a lot of stuff over being clumsy, and TA started calling me Big Foot," Giolito said. "I was going to go with Gio because that's what everyone calls me.
"But I was kind of thinking I wish I could find something with a little more personality, a little funnier. TA called me Big Foot and I said, 'Hey, let's go with that.'"
Jeanmar Gomez: "JANKO"
Miguel Gonzalez: "EL MARIACHI"
Nate Jones: "NATE'S NATION"
Jones went with Nate's Nation, the collective name for all his family and friends who help the right-hander and his wife, Lacy, with charitable endeavors in the offseason.
"It kind of works for the Players' Weekend, too," Jones said. "It's not just me and my name on the jersey. It's Nate's Nation that's part of me getting here, too."
Ryan LaMarre: "LaMARRE"
Reynaldo Lopez: "REY"
Juan Minaya: "JUANITO"
Yoan Moncada: "YOYO"
Omar Narvaez: "NARVY"
Daniel Palka: "DP"
Carlos Rodon: "LOS"
Yolmer Sanchez: "EL DE PIÑONAL"
Hector Santiago: "BULLDOG"
If Santiago had his druthers, Swiss Army Knife would have been the name on the back of his jersey for Players' Weekend.
That nickname was given to the southpaw by former White Sox manager Robin Ventura, representing the pitching versatility Santiago provides to a staff. That choice was rejected, so Santiago went with Bulldog, a nickname given to him by now third-base coach Joe McEwing while Santiago played for McEwing in the Minors.
"It was supposed to be 'Bulldog' last year and they put 'Bulldoze,'" said a smiling Santiago, who almost went with Chameleon.
James Shields: "JUEGO G"
Kevan Smith: "WEBBY"
Thyago Vieira: "NÉGS"