Stop if you’ve heard this before: Now that the A’s are good again, the names on the backs of their uniforms are about to change.
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Fortunately for the A’s and their fans, this time it’s all in the name of good fun. From Aug. 24-26 the A’s and every other MLB team will don new uniforms with nicknames on the back instead of surnames.
Sauce, Capt. Barrel, Manaealator, and Tini are ready for #PlayersWeekend August 24th-26th. What’s your favorite nickname? Full list https://t.co/a2CW3H8MKu pic.twitter.com/JGLb5yushn
— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) August 9, 2018
This will be the second annual “Players Weekend” event as MLB tries to inject some more fun into its game with the youth league inspired look. The players also will be able to put the name of someone special to them on a patch worn on their right sleeves.
So for one weekend in Minnesota later this month, you can say goodbye to some familiar names and hello to Sauce (Marcus Semien), Capt. Barrel (Jed Lowrie), Chi (Chad Pinder), Tom Ace (Mark Canha), Momo (Stephen Piscotty), PTBNL (Josh Phegley) and Manaealator (Sean Manaea).
Baseball historians will remind you players wearing nicknames on the backs of their jerseys goes back a lot further than two years for the A’s, who originated the practice nearly 50 years ago with Oakland illuminaries such as “Catfish,” “Campy” and “Vida.”
For the second year in a row, Phegley is going with the unique PTBNL (Player to be named later) nickname. The A’s backup catcher explains it by simply saying he has too many nicknames from which to choose.
“Pretty much everyone has their own name for me,” Phegley told MLBPlayers.com. “In my mind, just not having a definitive answer for the nickname reminded me of almost a ‘nickname to be named later.’
“I just stumbled upon ‘player to be named later.’ I thought it was kind of a play on the type of player I am. I’m not well-known in the league – I’m kind of an anonymous backup catcher.”
A’s manager Bob Melvin (BoMel) and his coaches will also participate. We’re particularly fond of third base coach Matt Williams’ “Big Marine” nickname. Other coaches’ choices include Ryno (bench coach Ryan Christenson), Aldo (assistant hitting coach Mike Aldrete) and Emo (pitching coach Scott Emerson).
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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports