Los Angeles Dodgers players will have such nicknames as Ferris, Chicken Strip and Yazmanian Devil on the backs of their jerseys Friday through Sunday for Major League Baseball’s second “Players’ Weekend.”
According to MLB, “Players’ Weekend will showcase the personalities and interests of major league players by allowing them to select a nickname for the back of their jersey as well as wear and use uniquely colored and designed equipment including bats, spikes, batting gloves, wristbands, compression sleeves and catcher’s equipment.”
The Dodgers will wear a royal blue jersey with light blue sleeves during their three-game series against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium. Their cap will be light blue with a D in place of the familiar LA logo.
Pitcher Walker Buehler will have Ferris on the back of his jersey, fellow pitcher Ross Stripling Chicken Strip and catcher Yasmani Grandal Yazmanian Devil.
Other nicknames on the back of Dodgers jerseys will include Bull (infielder Brian Dozier), Wild Horse (outfielder Yasiel Puig), Kenleyfornia (pitcher Kenley Jansen) and Redturn2 (infielder Justin Turner).
Players will also wear specially designed socks. They will have the option of wearing T-shirts highlighting a cause or charity of their choice during pregame workouts and postgame interviews.
The right sleeve of each player’s jersey will feature a patch to recognize someone who was instrumental in his personal development or a baseball player who inspired him to achieve.
A logo showing the progression of five players increasing in size to demonstrate the process of a player’s path from Little League and youth leagues to MLB will appear on the patch.
Game-worn, Players’ Weekend jerseys will be auctioned at MLB.com/auctions with all 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 envisioned Players’ Weekend as a way to express themselves and connect with fans in a fun and more personal way,” Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark said.
“And the opportunity for players to honor those who first stirred their passions for baseball at a grassroots level helps reinforce the way our game is handed down from generation to generation.”