Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association formally announced Players Weekend, which is set for Aug. 25-27 and will allow for athletes to express themselves in an unique manner.
In addition to having the option of wearing a jersey with a nickname on the back, players can wear and use uniquely colored and designed spikes, batting gloves, wristbands, compression sleeves, catcher’s masks and bats.
Players Weekend will also allow for players to wear specially-designed New Era caps, and unique socks from Stance, and t-shirts highlighting a charity or cause of their choice during pregame workouts and postgame interviews.
Whether a player elects to go with a nickname or not, all members will wear a non-traditional uniform that is inspired by youth-league uniforms. They contain a patch with a blank space on the right sleeve so players can write the name of a person or organization that was instrumental to their development.
The “Evolution” logo symbolizes solidary with local youth baseball and softball organizations and will also appear on the back of each team’s cap and jerseys in place of the traditional MLB silhouetted batter.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have multiple players participating, headlined by Cody Bellinger (“CodyLove”). Kiké Hernandez (“Kiké”), Yasiel Puig (“Wild Horse”) and Justin Turner (“RedTurn2”).
Andre Ethier (“Daddy”) and Chase Utley (“Silver Fox”) are also among those who will wear a jersey with a nickname during the three-game weekend. Though, Ethier remains on the disabled list at present time. Kenley Jansen petitioned the league to have his nickname changed to “Kenleyfornia.”
The Dodgers face the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium during Players Weekend, which should make the festivities all the more enjoyable for the fan base.
Players Weekend authentic jerseys, t-shirts, caps and socks are currently available at MLB.com/shop.