Los Angeles Dodgers players will have such nicknames as Monster, Chicken Strip and Wild Horse on the backs of their jerseys Friday through Sunday for Major League Baseball’s inaugural “Players Weekend.”
Players Weekend is described by MLB as “a player-focused event that will include the players wearing colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth league uniforms.”
The Dodgers will wear a royal blue jersey with light blue sleeves during their three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium. Their cap will be light blue with a D in place of the familiar LA logo.
Players will have the opportunity to have a nickname placed on the back of their jerseys and wear and use uniquely colored and designed spikes, batting gloves, wristbands, compression sleeves, catcher’s masks and bats.
Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu will have Monster on the back of his jersey, fellow pitcher Ross Stripling will have Chicken Strip and outfielder Yasiel Puig will be Wild Horse.
Other nicknames on the back of Dodgers jerseys will include Codylove (infielder/outfielder Cody Bellinger), Silver Fox (infielder Chase Utley), Redturn2 (infielder Justin Turner) and Grandyman (outfielder Curtis Granderson).
Players will also wear specially designed socks. They will have the option of wearing T-shirts highlighting a charity or cause of their choice during pregame workouts and postgame interviews.
The right sleeve of each player’s jersey will feature a patch with a blank space for him to write the name of a person, people or organization that was instrumental to his development. Many Dodgers will pay tribute to their parents.
The patch features a new logo that shows a progression of five players increasing in size to demonstrate the process of a player’s path from Little League and youth leagues to MLB.
Game-worn, Players Weekend jerseys will be auctioned at MLB.com/auctions with all net proceeds donated to the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation, a joint effort established in July 2015 with an initial commitment of $30 million focused on improving the caliber, effectiveness and availability of amateur baseball and softball programs across the United States and Canada.
“Players are increasingly interested in finding unique ways to connect with their fans by allowing them to see more of their personalities and interests,” said Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark.
“The collective desire to express their diverse interests and backgrounds is what motivated players to advocate for the creation of Players Weekend. This will be an exciting and unique opportunity for the players to literally wear their passions on their sleeves, and equipment, too, as they embrace this chance to let their true identities shine.”
–City News Service