Minnesota Twins: Players weekend nicknames and uniforms revealed

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 26: Jose Berrios #17 of the Minnesota Twins delivers a pitch against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of the game on August 26, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. All players across MLB will wear nicknames on their backs as well as colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth-league uniforms during Players Weekend. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 26: Jose Berrios #17 of the Minnesota Twins delivers a pitch against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of the game on August 26, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. All players across MLB will wear nicknames on their backs as well as colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth-league uniforms during Players Weekend. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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The Minnesota Twins will sport a different look for the third straight annual players weekend while some nicknames will add some flavor to the lineup.

Over the past couple of years, Major League Baseball has done its best to try to make the game more fun. Although there may be a crowd that would like to see baseball do away with multiple pitching changes, $10 beers and other things at the ballpark, one of the things that baseball and the Minnesota Twins have done to add some flavor to the dog days of summer is the annual Players’ Weekend.

For that weekend, teams have worn different colored uniforms and sported nicknames on the back of their jerseys to help show some personality on the field. For the Twins, there are some regular nicknames that you would expect including a look that hasn’t been seen before in Twins Territory.

For the Twins’ series against the Detroit Tigers on Aug. 23-25, the two teams will wear an all-white and all-black uniform with the Twins deciding what they want to wear for this year’s edition of Players’ Weekend. The color scheme is a bit of a changeup from previous seasons, but still creates a clean look with both the hat and jersey.

While the color scheme may be simplistic, the names on the back of the jersey are what’s going to make these uniforms special. For the Twins, they’ll have the usual suspects such as Nelson Cruz‘s “Boomstick,” Jose Berrios‘ “La Makina” and Mitch Garver‘s “Garv Sauce,” but they’ll also have others that aren’t expected.

The biggest bummer for Twins fans will be that Willians Astudillo will not have “La Tortuga” emblazoned on the back of his jersey as he opted to go with his last name. Devin Smeltzer also took a similar route for the Twins, but there are other interesting ones such as Trevor May‘s plug for his Twitter handle “IAmTrevorMay” and Sam Dyson‘s “Red Finger.”

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The weekend will also be present off the field as game-worn jerseys and helmets will be auctioned off with the proceeds going to the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation. With the full list of Twins’ nicknames here, the only question left is which nickname is the best one that will be on a jersey for Players’ Weekend.

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