Earlier this year, Major League Baseball announced they would host a Players Weekend in August. The special jerseys for this weekend would feature player’s nicknames on the back rather than their actual names.
Those jerseys…and the accompanying nicknames were announced today.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the idea during the first announcement, but the new look for the jerseys quickly changed my opinion. Here is how I’m ranking them:
Best Nicknames (Diamondbacks players only)
Herrm the Worm, Chris Herrmann
Herrmann had a few options, including Herrmaninator, but Herrm the Worm is perfect and unique. Is anyone else getting mental images of the little worm from the Labyrinth? Just me? Okay then. Here’s the little guy:
2. Bob, Robbie Ray
It cracked my top list because of its simplicity, but I can’t for the life of me picture actually calling Robbie Ray by Robert or Bob. I don’t know, but I like it. Back to you, Bob.
3. Benjamin, Fernando Rodney
This easily took the cake for the sweetest nickname. Despite being called La Flecha (the Arrow) during games, Rodney has a well-documented history of paying tribute to his late father. Aside from the sideways cap, Rodney will also honor him with this one-of-a-kind jersey.
Best Nicknames Overall
Corey’s Brother, Kyle Seager (Mariners)
2. Carl’s Jr., Carl Edwards Jr. (Cubs)
3. A-A-Ron, Aaron Hicks (Yankees)
Best Overall Look
1. Philadelphia Phillies
I honestly just like the old school look they give off.
2. Seattle Mariners
I’m really diggin’ the seafoam green. The hat doesn’t look like it necessarily matches, but hey, both shades of blue are pretty sweet.
3. New York Yankees
This made my top three for one reason and one reason only: it will be the first time the Yankees ever wear their names on the back of their jerseys.
Honorable Mention: Arizona Diamondbacks
The Diamondbacks have an affinity for unique jerseys, which I love. They were one of few teams to go with black, but they also chose red. I was hoping they’d still feature their maroon. My favorite part is the hint of teal around the team name. That’s why it got my honorable mention.
Worst Overall Look
It could just be the graphics posted, I’m sure the white-light grey combination looks great in person, but online it doesn’t. Also, copyright anyone? Three teams seem to have the exact same jersey. I don’t care for the lack of creativity.
The Baltimore Orioles
The Detroit Tigers
The San Francisco Giants
The jerseys are available online. The Diamondbacks will also feature Paul Goldschmidt’s jersey and socks, as well as the hat in the team store at Chase Field. Players Weekend is set for Aug. 25 to Aug. 27.
We also ranked the Top Five Worst hats for Players Weekend.