MLB, MLBPA announces creation of Players Weekend

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 9, 2017

MLB and the MLB Players Association announced jointly on Wednesday that Players Weekend will be a player-focused field festival of sorts, different than anything seen before at the top rung of the sport.

Players Weekend will take place during games scheduled between Aug. 25 and Aug. 27, but the Pirates and Cardinals will have an early start when they play Aug. 20 in Williamsport during the Little League world Series.

Player nicknames will even be included on the back of New York Yankees jerseys, the first time any nameplate has been on the back of the team's uniforms.

For the Yankees, shortstop Didi Gregorius becomes "Sir Didi", Aaron Judge will take "All Rise" and Aaron Hicks will be known as "A-A-Ron".

Nicknames that attempt to include brand names or are deemed offensive will not be allowed. Players will have the opportunity to have a nickname placed on the back of the jerseys made by Majestic Athletic, as well as to wear and use uniquely colored and designed spikes, batting gloves, wristbands, compression sleeves, catcher's masks, and bats. Under the words "THANK YOU", a player can write the name of a player or person instrumental in his development.

And players will wear T-shirts in pregame workouts and postgame interviews highlighting a charity or favorite cause.

MLB will auction off the jerseys on its website, with the proceeds going to the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation.

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