21: Oil Can Boyd (Dennis Boyd)He might have been Oil Can because he drank a lot of brew at one time -- beer being called "oil" in Merdian, Miss. Bruce Campbell, Line 1. And while the nickname could also refer to his talkative nature, Sano said he was given it in a more literal sense, pointing to his lips. To make the big-time in major league baseball requires natural talent, the right opportunity and ... eventually, a nickname. Sergio Romo opted for “El Mechon,” for multiple reasons. “I tried to do ‘Mr. 11. Players’ Weekend, which gives players the opportunity to be more creative with the names on the backs of their jerseys, returns for the third time. Whether on the field: He's even the official captain of MLB's All-Swag Team -- so it's no wonder his nickname has arguably the most swag per capita of any in baseball. While maquina is spelled with a q, Berrios has subbed in the K to signify strikeouts. "Gigante" -- 2B Jose Altuve, Houston Astros. So when a subjective list is compiled of the 25 greatest nicknames in baseball history, we are really paying homage to all those nicknames through the years, whatever their purpose, wherever they came from. I can certainly appreciate the confidence here, and the play on words/name is enough to make the list. Given the "Kung Fu Panda" nickname by former teammate Barry Zito, Sandoval proved surprisingly nimble in the field as he played a key role in the Giants winning three World Series titles in a five-year span from 2010 to 2014. (Sorry, Cutch.)2. Luis Arraez said he got “La Regadera,” from Endy Chavez and Ronny Cedeno while playing winter ball in Venezuela. "Dirtbag" -- 2B Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians. He also has a section in the left field bleachers at Yankee Stadium dubbed "The Judge's Chambers.". Lewis Thorpe believes his will be “Thorpey,” though given a do-over would have gone with “Thorpedo.”. Bailey begins the commercial by throwing some flak Cruz’s way for never winning the award. And by choosing to pay homage to his younger brother Corey Seager, he also shows he's funny and charming (and realistic, because Corey is a force all unto himself). He caught the first game, then threw a shutout in the second. You see, there was a cartoon dog named McGruff who was constantly reminding us to "take a bite out of crime." The Twins rookie may have the body of a turtle, but you get the feeling he could also win a footrace vs. a hare. A few nicknames were given to players when they were young. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! And finally, there’s Nelson Cruz … or “Boomstick.”. "The Machine" — Albert Pujols, Angels. We did get some great nicknames this season, these are the best ones I could find on MLB.com's website. Get it? “I like it,” Polanco said. Not sure if he's going to pitch a great game or go off for 22 points and 16 assists. No. While last year’s jerseys provided colorful pop, this year’s will be either all white or all black. 6: Satchel Paige (Leroy Paige)The nickname may have come from his job of carrying people's satchels at a train station (he supposedly fashioned some invention that allowed him to carry several at once, inspiring someone to yell, "You look like a walking satchel tree!"). Cey, by the way, is one of the most underrated players in baseball history. Major League Baseball and the MLBPA has created the "Players Weekend" to add some color into the game. And there's no pitch he can't hit. In 191 plate appearances as a major leaguer (through Sunday), Astudillo has put the ball in play in all but 10 of them (four walks, six strikeouts). Three more got their names from teammates. All rise. No. It took Sam Dyson three cracks at it — “Riddle Finger” and “Little Finger” came first — before getting “Red Finger” approved. And while the nickname could also refer to his talkative nature, Sano said he was given it in a more literal sense, pointing to his lips. There really is no other explanation for Baez's defensive wizardry. One more for good measure: As a collective, the group, which is on pace to shatter Major League Baseball’s home run record with more than 300, is the “Bomba Squad,” a nickname derived from a quote from Rosario in May. Players’ Weekend, which gives players the opportunity to be more creative with the names on the backs of their jerseys, returns for the third time. This weekend, however, the players will go public with the nicknames they chose. A baseball nickname can be a description of a player. Cruz received his nickname after starring with 2009 American League Rookie of the Year Andrew Bailey in a 2K Sports commercial that was released in 2010. 7: Shoeless Joe JacksonHe took his shoes off his before an at-bat in Greenville, S.C., because the cleats he had been wearing were giving him blisters, and that was that. Adrianza, who hails from Guarenas, Venezuela, has selected “Guarenero.” Perez will go with “El De Las Matas,” in honor of Las Matas, the small town in Venezuela where he grew up and now owns a ranch. Yeah.6. The jerseys for the upcoming MLB Players Weekend — in which hitters and pitchers are welcome to wear nicknames on their threads, set for August 25-27 — have been released. And can refer to hair highlights, he said, and Romo at one point sported a mohawk with blonde tips. It originated when Cruz … Unlike his teammate Sandoval, there's no obvious connection between Samardzija and a shark. GET IT?! Spec Shea was "The Nagatuck Nugget." "Bringer of Rain" — Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays. “Hopefully I stick around long enough to have it forever, have a lot of Players’ Weekends,” he said. Eric Chesterton I was just like ‘Oh, this is funny,’ when I came up with it.”. Either way, the nickname is so fitting that you probably didn't even know his first name was Leroy. So instead of yelling at people, does he hand out incense and mango chai smoothies? 25: The Penguin (Ron Cey)Well, he did walk like a Penguin. No. 11: Toy Cannon (Jimmy Wynn)It is probably the perfect baseball nickname, because in two words it captures Wynn's diminutive stature (he was listed at 5-foot-10) and his great power (he hit 291 home runs despite playing in pitcher's parks almost his whole career). As he explained to The Weather Channel (who else?) They called Don Mossi "Ears" because he had big ears, and they called Walt Williams "No Neck" because he didn't have. The following is a list of Pujols' OPS totals for every season from 2001-2010: 1.013, .955, 1.106, 1.072, 1.039, 1.102, .997, 1.114, 1.101, 1.011. Rogers,’ but it’s trademarked,” Rogers said. Matt Duffy, Rays: DuffmanTampa Bay's third baseman made a name for himself on the field as a rookie with the Giants and also because of his portly cat, Skeeter, which sadly had to stay behind with his parents after the 2016 trade due to health concerns. 3. Catfish Hunter got his nickname from Oakland A's owner Charlie Finley, who thought all players should have nicknames. Now NO ONE will be allowed to pronounce his last name incorrectly. It includes a complete list of nicknames of players in the Baseball Hall of Fame, a list of nicknames of current players, nicknames of popular players who have played for each major league team, and lists of nicknames grouped into particular categories (e.g., ethnic nicknames, personality trait nicknames etc. No. Some of the nicknames are easy to figure out: Byron Buxton is rolling with “Buck,” and Kyle Gibson and Jake Odorizzi, frequently referred to by their nicknames, will be “Gibby,” and “Odo.” Jake Cave is going with “Caveman,” Marwin Gonzalez with “Gonzo” and Ryne Harper with “Harp.”, Trevor May, an avid gamer and Twitch streamer, will don his username “IamTrevorMay.” It’ll be “Edisito,” over “Rosie” for Eddie Rosario, and “The Doof,” for Tyler Duffey. •, The Metropolitan Museum of Art has one of the best baseball card collections in the world thanks to one man, By “I really have no idea. Rogers,” last year, has switched to “Lefty Piece.” This stems from the call down to the bullpen where assistant pitching coach Jeremy Hefner is instructed to ‘Just get the lefty piece going,” Rogers said. The Judge enters. MN 16: The Say Hey Kid (Willie Mays)The question with Secretariat has always been, "Is Secretariat a great horse name or was he just such a great thoroughbred that it seems that way?" A baseball nickname can be a description of a player. 23: The Human Rain Delay (Mike Hargrove)Hargrove got the nickname for the many time-consuming adjustments he would make between pitches. Bob Feller was the "Heater from Van Meter." He was born in British Columbia, Canada. Taylor Rogers, who went by “M. 5: Charlie Hustle (Pete Rose)It was an insult. Like Donaldson's, Cruz's nickname has been around and fits his style of play and personality well. and McGriff sounds something like McGruff, and there was a guy named Chris Berman who came up with funny nicknames for players and … well, what's the point? There’s Rosie and Crony and Big Mike. It also means padlock, he said, appropriate for a man with 129 career saves. No. •, Where to live in New York if you've just come into $324 million, even referencing the caped, sunglassed character on his bats, became a fan favorite thanks to hitting some mammoth dingers. “After the commercial came out, everywhere I go, people are asking me about it, if I brought my boomstick, where’s my boomstick? "Thor" -- SP Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets. Over the years, he was called many other things -- "Bambino," "The Sultan of Swat," "The Big Bam" and "Jidge" -- but at heart, he was always Babe, and 100 years after he began, everyone still knows him that way. It fits his abilities perfectly. 17: Turkey Stearnes (Norman Stearnes)Stearnes is in the Hall of Fame for his astonishing play in the Negro Leagues; records show he hit more official homers than any other Negro Leaguer, including Josh Gibson. I was just like ‘Oh, this is funny,’ when I came up with it.”. Spend just a few minutes listening to Rocco Baldelli talk about his team before and after games and it becomes clear the manager has a nickname for pretty much everyone. Eventually, that got pushed together. It's also no coincidence that a god known for his unmatched power and marvelous strength throws his fastball harder than any other starting pitcher in the majors. One of the better nicknames in baseball, Donaldson sticks with the oldie-but-goodie. It's rare that things come together so sweetly. This year calls for more creativity and originality. “Hopefully I stick around long enough to have it forever, have a lot of Players’ Weekends,” he said. This is a fantastic nickname for someone who's hit 367 career home runs. Yoenis Céspedes, Mets: La PotenciaEmerging with the A's in 2012 after they signed him out of Cuba, Yoenis Cespedes has been known as La Potencia, which really is an apt nickname for his overall style on the field. “They legitimately call (me) Mechon.”. The nickname remains. For a couple of players, it took multiple tries to get their nickname approved. 14: Sandman (Mariano Rivera)To be honest, more people simply called him "Mo," but the combination of the nickname Sandman and his perfect entry song of "Enter Sandman" is breathtaking. That’s what he went to after his first choice was shot down. From there, the legend only grew. Willmar, No. 1. But having a nickname is one sign a player has truly arrived. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Luis Arraez said he got “La Regadera,” from Endy Chavez and Ronny Cedeno while playing winter ball in Venezuela. The greatest player in the game today deserves a nickname to match. Here's Chris, crushing one to the opposite field: And here's Khris, khrushing (also to the opposite field): Get it? The nickname must be broadly known.Without further ado, let's begin. If Twitter had been around in Reggie's time, he would have blown it up numerous times. Marvel heroes and their MLB secret identities! It's hard to even imagine. You can view the full list, courtesy of MLB, here. Come on man. The Magician. Unfortunately, for the duration of his 15-year reign in Seattle, the King has never appeared in a postseason game. But Duffy also embraces the name of Duff Beer's energetic mascot, Duffman, in The Simpsons -- even referencing the caped, sunglassed character on his bats once in a while. No. By Mike Axisa. Perez said the town only has four streets and about 1,000 people. … Maddox's magnificent center-field defense inspired awe and overwhelming tributes, my favorite being Harry Kalas' "Two thirds of the Earth is covered by water, the other third is covered by Garry Maddox.". You just putting your nickname on the back is worse than having a bad nickname. To this day, Cruz has not tried his namesake delicacy. You get a charismatic baseball player who hits monster home runs, and his name happens to be Judge. Rogers,’ but it’s trademarked,” Rogers said. Adrianza, who hails from Guarenas, Venezuela, has selected “Guarenero.” Perez will go with “El De Las Matas,” in honor of Las Matas, the small town in Venezuela where he grew up and now owns a ranch. There’s Gibby and Odo and Nellie, Rog and Garv and Louie. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS. This nickname worked much better when Harvey was patrolling the streets of Gotham as a member of the New York Mets. 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And it's so much fun. No. While playing basketball while in the minors, Jonathan Schoop’s teammates gave him the name “Mamba” for Kobe Bryant, after whom Schoop tried to model his game. "The Cuban Missile" -- RP Aroldis Chapman, Yankees. With this nickname, Kiermaier sounds like he would be a great addition to the independent wrestling circuit once his career is over. Brooks Robinson was "The Human Vacuum Cleaner" for the way he devoured any ground ball that happened to be near him at third base. He was 12, he said, and it was given to him by a coach. It also signifies the weapon of choice Cruz uses to hit said home runs. It's usually a crisis for the opposing team when Chapman enters the game in a save situation. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/36/15/mlb-players-wekeend-ftr-mlb-080918_1ryczmtkykqlv1e1jhze0mjx14.jpg?t=543669557&w=500&quality=80. I'm a huge nerd, so I'm hoping this is a reference to XBox video game franchise "Gears of War." Spanish nickname for someone with red hair. The nickname spurred the invention of the Boomstick hot dog, a two-foot monstrosity served with chili and nacho cheese. David Berding-USA TODAY Sports, 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. No. And so on. 15: Thor (Noah Syndergaard)It looked like Matt Harvey's "The Dark Knight" nickname would become a classic, but his injury woes have left the great Mets nickname to Snydergaard, who does indeed control lightning and is the only one who can lift the hammer of Thor. Bruce Campbell, Line 1. 2. Not all heroes wear capes, but some wear glasses. 12. It is clever and has nice alliteration. There’s Gibby and Odo and Nellie, Rog and Garv and Louie. Mitch Garver’s nickname, which has popped up on multiple T-shirts around the Twins’ clubhouse, is “Garv Sauce,” though the origin story is fuzzy. Is there any more apropos nickname that "Showtime" Shohei Ohtani? I believe in … good nicknames. “I grew up with it and it makes me remember back in the Dominican.”. 12: Corey's Brother (Kyle Seager)It's not quite a nickname, but this is what Kyle is wearing on the back of his jersey for Players Weekend, and it is fantastic. In a somewhat surprising twist, Willians Astudillo, currently on a rehab assignment, had chosen to go simply with “Astudillo,” rather than “La Tortuga,” a nickname that caught on rapidly with fans. No. Rose wore it as a badge of honor, sometimes running to first on walks, often diving headfirst into bases for no apparent reason, smashing into catcher Ray Fosse to score the winning run in an All-Star Game. No mere abbreviations of first and last names. It took Sam Dyson three cracks at it — “Riddle Finger” and “Little Finger” came first — before getting “Red Finger” approved. Lewis Thorpe believes his will be “Thorpey,” though given a do-over would have gone with “Thorpedo.”. No. In a somewhat surprising twist, Willians Astudillo, currently on a rehab assignment, had chosen to go simply with “Astudillo,” rather than “La Tortuga,” a nickname that caught on rapidly with fans. Canada's greatest exports: Maple syrup. Kyle is a terrific player, an All-Star, a Gold Glove winner, a slugger who has hit 30 homers in a season. We're now just a week away from Players Weekend, which means we're just a week away from players all across the country sporting some incredibly good nicknames on the backs of their jerseys.But all this talk about nicknames has got us thinking: Of all the weird monikers embraced by active big leaguers, just which is the very best? 19: Kung Fu Panda (Pablo Sandoval)It hasn't been great for Sandoval the last three years with injuries and struggles, but the nickname is still there as a reminder of his fun and happy days hitting like mad and winning World Series with the Giants. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Hockey. 4. Albert Pujols, Angels: The MachineNot only does The Machine work on an aesthetic level -- seriously, what pitcher wants to face The Machine? “That’s where I feel so comfortable. For a couple of players, it took multiple tries to get their nickname approved. And can refer to hair highlights, he said, and Romo at one point sported a mohawk with blonde tips. A fan favorite, Panda had a starring role in the 2012 title run, being named the World Series MVP. The comparison between Pablo and Po was unmistakable, considering his 5-11, 268-pound frame. It would have better fit Stan Musial, though he already had "Stan the Man.". Noah Syndergaard, Mets: ThorFunnily enough, Syndergaard's been known as Thor since before he even stepped onto a mound for the Mets. No. Diving right in with the "Pico De Gallo" nickname is great. “… I always have all my people from that town on my heart.”. Coming from the chant of the same name, this one is fitting. Three more got their names from teammates. I believe in. I guess a Mets fan gave it to me, and I'm not going to say, 'No.' Miguel Sano also got his nickname — “Boqueton,” which translate roughly to “big mouth” — in the Dominican Republic. Jose Berrios earned his nickname back home in Puerto Rico. Someone in high school called him Garv and Garver and his friends used to use phrases like “cool sauce,” he said. There, the 6-foot-4, 270-pound slugger became a fan favorite thanks to hitting some mammoth dingers , earning himself nickname of El Oso Blanco, or "The White Bear. Buck would shrug. This nickname has gotten better and better as Bautista has embraced his role as one of baseball's tough guys, and he'll have this one splashed across the back of his Jays jersey this weekend.
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