Last year, Major League Baseball had their first Players’ Weekend, where players participated in wearing nicknames on the back of their jerseys. Wearing nicknames on the back of an official uniform is unfamiliar territory for the Yankees, mainly because tradition has the Yankees not wearing names on their jerseys at all.
Despite that, the players were able to showcase their individuality, and with Players Weekend being a success, Major League Baseball decided to bring it back for a second straight year.
Players Weekend will take place from August 24 to August 26–the Yankees will be in Camden Yards for a three game series against the Baltimore Orioles–and jerseys went on sale earlier this afternoon.
Here are the following nicknames the Yankees chose for Players Weekend this year:
Regarding this year’s nicknames, some of the players decided to switch things up from last season. Aaron Hicks, Didi Gregorius, Masahiro Tanaka, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, and Dellin Betances are the few players that changed their nicknames. However, players like Sonny Gray, David Robertson, Aroldis Chapman, and Chad Green decided to stick with the same nicknames from the year prior. Another notable note is for the second year in a row, Brett Gardner opted not to have a nickname and will instead stick with his given last name.
Last year, Gardner mentioned he opted for a no nickname jersey because he found it was special to have his name on an official uniform. He initially didn’t want to participate in Players Weekend, but Major League Baseball denied his request to leave his uniform blank. Well, you can’t blame Gardner for wanting to stick with tradition. Being a Yankee in itself is quite an honor.