Players' Weekend is back and the Toronto Blue Jays are ready to have fun with it.
For the third straight season, MLB will celebrate the three-day stretch when players are allowed to sport uniforms featuring their nicknames on the back in place of their surnames. The concept first came to light in 2017 and has since become a tradition held at the end of August.
On Tuesday, Toronto released the list of nicknames each player will be using during their upcoming weekend series against the Seattle Mariners Aug. 23-25.
Only two players, Derek Fisher and Jacob Waguespack, will be sticking with their original nicknames. Others, like Bo Bichette and Buddy Boshers, will keep it simple, wearing jerseys that simply feature their first names. Vlad Guerrero Jr., who is serving as the Blue Jays' Players' Weekend ambassador, will be sporting "El K" on the back of his uniform.
#MLB announces #PlayersWeekend is back Aug. 23-25.— Steve Argintaru (@SteveTSN) August 6, 2019
Vlad Guerrero Jr. is the #BlueJays' Players' Weekend "ambassador." The nickname he decided to put on the back of his jersey is EL K. pic.twitter.com/8bd41b126o
Some of the more abstract names? Reese McGuire will be repping "Pieces," an ode to the classic candy, Trent Thornton will go by "Butters," perhaps paying tribute to the classic South Park character, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. will have "#PIÑAPOWER JR." on his nameplate.
Here's the full list of nicknames for the entire roster:
|Brandon Drury||"B DRU"|
|Sam Gaviglio||"SAMMY G"|
|Ken Giles||"100 MILES GILES"|
|Lourdes Gurriel Jr.||"#PIÑAPOWER JR."|
|Vladimir Guerrero Jr.||"EL K"|
|Teoscar Hernandez||"MR. SEEDS"|
|Thomas Pannone||"LIL G"|
|Brock Stewart||"BEEF STEW"|
You can find nicknames for every player on every team at MLB.com.