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These Are My Favorite MLB Jersey Nicknames

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August 25-27 will officially be known as “Players Weekend” in MLB, but let’s be real—no one will ever think of it as anything besides Nickname Weekend.

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Players were allowed to choose the names that will appear on the back of their uniforms that weekend, and let us give credit where credit is due: This is a really cool thing. It’s fun, it’s informal, it allows players’ personalities to shine—it is, in short, so un-MLBlike. I can’t wait until Daddy gets ejected for bumping an ump, and Free Love throws a no-hitter and his jersey is sent to Cooperstown.

All the nicknames haven’t yet been collected in one place, though SI.com has a good gateway to each team’s. But I’ve seen enough to have opinion. Here are a handful of my favorite, and below that, my least favorite nicknames, in no particular order.

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The best ones

Francisco Lindor
Francisco Lindor
Devon Travis
Devon Travis
Jarrod Dyson (Rhymes with “kumbaya”)
Jarrod Dyson (Rhymes with “kumbaya”)
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Gary Sanchez
Gary Sanchez
Kyle Seager (This is adorable. But it’s also kind of sad that Corey is just going with “Seager”?)
Kyle Seager (This is adorable. But it’s also kind of sad that Corey is just going with “Seager”?)
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David Freese (He has a friend with a dog named Dave, so when they’re hanging out, he’s Davehuman. “It’s funny to, like, five people,” Freese said.)
David Freese (He has a friend with a dog named Dave, so when they’re hanging out, he’s Davehuman. “It’s funny to, like, five people,” Freese said.)
Brad Hand
Brad Hand
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Jay Bruce
Jay Bruce
Shin-Soo Choo (Joey Votto is “Tokki 2,” and the story behind it is a good one.)
Shin-Soo Choo (Joey Votto is “Tokki 2,” and the story behind it is a good one.)
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Jose Quintana (It’s a little tough to see with the font, but that’s “Q,” the second-coolest letter.)
Jose Quintana (It’s a little tough to see with the font, but that’s “Q,” the second-coolest letter.)
Xavier Cedeno (The coolest letter)
Xavier Cedeno (The coolest letter)
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Didi Gregorius (The Dutch-born Gregorius was actually knighted, receiving the Order of Orange-Nassau along with his teammates for winning the 2011 Baseball World Cup.)
Didi Gregorius (The Dutch-born Gregorius was actually knighted, receiving the Order of Orange-Nassau along with his teammates for winning the 2011 Baseball World Cup.)
Jose Abreu (He was born in the Mal Tiempo neighborhood of Cruces, Cuba, and it means “Bad Weather.”)
Jose Abreu (He was born in the Mal Tiempo neighborhood of Cruces, Cuba, and it means “Bad Weather.”)
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Mike Napoli
Mike Napoli
Sean Doolittle (That first letter is a D; he’s not a ghost.)
Sean Doolittle (That first letter is a D; he’s not a ghost.)
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Aaron Altherr (A Key & Peele reference.)
Aaron Altherr (A Key & Peele reference.)
Roberto Osuna
Roberto Osuna
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Max Scherzer (who has heterochromia)
Max Scherzer (who has heterochromia)
Adrian Gonzalez
Adrian Gonzalez
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Carlos Torres (“The Butcher”)
Carlos Torres (“The Butcher”)
Patrick Kivlehan
Patrick Kivlehan
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AJ Griffin (Yep, the hair checks out.
AJ Griffin (Yep, the hair checks out.
Andre Ethier
Andre Ethier
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Gregory Infante
Gregory Infante
Hyun-Soo Kim (It’s his name)
Hyun-Soo Kim (It’s his name)
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Bruce Maxwell
Bruce Maxwell
Logan Forsythe (This is Chris Archer’s name for his old teammate.)
Logan Forsythe (This is Chris Archer’s name for his old teammate.)
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Ty Kelly (Of interest to journalists)
Ty Kelly (Of interest to journalists)
Carl Edwards Jr.
Carl Edwards Jr.
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Luis Torrens
Luis Torrens
Wellington Castillo
Wellington Castillo
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Ross Stripling
Ross Stripling
Nick VIncent
Nick VIncent
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Josh Phegley (He has not actually ever been a Player to Be Named Later, but there’s still plenty of time.)
Josh Phegley (He has not actually ever been a Player to Be Named Later, but there’s still plenty of time.)
Josh Hader
Josh Hader
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Matt Duffy
Matt Duffy
Michael Blazek
Michael Blazek
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Bronson Arroyo
Bronson Arroyo



The bad ones

Jedd Gyorko (Let this one be a stand-in for the many, many players who just used their last names. SO BORING.)
Jedd Gyorko (Let this one be a stand-in for the many, many players who just used their last names. SO BORING.)
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Blake Wood (First names aren’t much better.)
Blake Wood (First names aren’t much better.)
Carlos Correa (It sounds like “diarrhea.”)
Carlos Correa (It sounds like “diarrhea.”)
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Randall Delgado
Randall Delgado
Phil Hughes
Phil Hughes
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Craig Kimbrel
Craig Kimbrel
Doug Fister (What is going on in Boston?)
Doug Fister (What is going on in Boston?)
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Ian Happ (C’mon, this is a hockey-level lack of creativity.)
Ian Happ (C’mon, this is a hockey-level lack of creativity.)
Travis d’Arnaud (He’s proud of his lil D)
Travis d’Arnaud (He’s proud of his lil D)
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Will Harris
Will Harris

Deputy editor | Deadspin

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