Think you have trouble identifying players on the A’s now? Just wait until the weekend of Aug. 25-27.
Thanks to Major League Baseball’s initiative to put a little more fun back into its game, the A’s and every other MLB team will wear newly designed youth-league inspired uniforms and caps. And, instead of surnames, players will have nicknames on the backs of their jerseys as part of the inaugural “Players Weekend.”
Say goodbye to Sean Manaea, Jharel Cotton, Bruce Maxwell, Chad Pinder, Marcus Semien and Matt Joyce; and hello to “Da Kid,” “Squeaky,” “Baby Prince,” “Chi,” “Mahkus” and “DJ SS.” That will also be the weekend Josh Phegley becomes “PTBNL.”
Perhaps the A’s will see a spike in scorecard sales that weekend when they host the Texas Rangers? Meanwhile, the new-look Giants will be on display in Arizona against the Diamondbacks.
Both MLB and the MLB Players Association collaborated on Players Weekend, billing it as a player-focused field festival. Players will also be able to wear elaborate-colored shoes, batting gloves, wristbands, etc. In addition, each player will be allowed to write the name of a person or organization that helped him the most on a blank patch on their right sleeve.
“The journey from youth leagues to Major League Baseball is one that players don’t take alone,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said. “Major League players have been supported by family members, coaches and organizations that helped them develop their unique skills and overcome challenges to reach the highest level of the sport. These games will allow the players to thank those who were important in their lives while showcasing their personality in a fun way that fits baseball’s community-driven focus.”
For those wondering, the same authentic jerseys and caps to be worn on “Players Weekend” are now available at www.MLB.com/shop.
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