Not every player in Major League Baseball has decided to wear a nickname on the back of their jersey the weekend of Aug. 25. Don’t worry, though, as we’re here to point out the nickname-less players, team by team, so we can collectively wonder why they are like this.
To save you from having to count: 58 players skipped nicknames for Players Weekend. Well, maybe 59. That one is a judgment call.
Red Sox: Everyone has a nickname, you’re off the hook, Boston
Yankees: Brett Gardner went with Gardner which, you know. The Yankees don’t wear their names on their jerseys, but that’s no excuse.
Rays: Corey Dickerson, I get it, your nickname using Dick probably was rejected by MLB. I don’t know what Austin Pruitt and Taylor Featherston’s excuses are.
Orioles: Seth Smith, what are you doing, your last name is literally Smith. Ruben Tejada will look like a real rube with his real name on his jersey. Wade Miley, Dylan Bundy, Richard Bleier, Donnie Hart, Miguel Castro, and Mark Trumbo: who hurt you?
Hisashi Iwakuma has issues with his shoulder, too. One of the pitchers they got at the deadline, David Phelps, has an elbow impingement, which always sounds like the most painful injury in baseball.
Plus, if anyone is looking to blame someone for the rise in homers, that blame once again will be focused on someone besides the league employing these players and tallying these dingers.
The Dodgers are 29-4 over their last 33 games, which is the best such stretch in franchise history. Of all the teams in franchise history, from Duke Snider and Sandy Koufax to Steve Garvey and Fernando Valenzuela, no Dodgers team has had success like this.