With Players’ Weekend around the corner, the New York Yankees released the nicknames their players will use to celebrate their individuality.
For the third year in a row, Brett Gardner has expressed no interest in using a nickname. Since he is not allowed to have a blank jersey, his jersey will include use his surname instead.
Despite Gardner’s old school ways, his teammates will don some rather eccentric nicknames going into the mid-August weekend.
Along with the nickname announcement, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have revealed the jerseys for the coveted weekend. This year’s jerseys will appear vastly different than in years past.
The home teams this season will wear predominantly white jerseys while the away teams will wear predominantly black jerseys. Given the Yankees will be in Los Angeles for a three-game series against the Dodgers, the Bronx Bombers will don all black for the first time in team history.
All away teams will wear a black matte helmet while all home teams will wear a white matte helmet. Neither helmet will include the team’s logos.
Baseball caps will be all white or all black, depending on the team’s uniform.
“Inspired by players’ style choices when they are away from the field, the fashionable monochromatic uniforms allow for each custom accessory design to stand out more than ever before,” the league said in the press release. “During Players’ Weekend, photo shoots will be conducted with players at ballparks to highlight the standout designs, which will be amplified over social media between MLB, the MLBPA, Clubs and most of all, individual player accounts using #PlayersWeekend.”
Players will also be given the option to wear a patch dedicated to the memory of late Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who passed away last month.