There are nicknames that describe the player's game. … 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.". No 8: The Wizard (Ozzie Smith)It is not the most original of nicknames -- Ozzie Newsome was also called "The Wizard of Oz" -- but it perfectly describes the way Ozzie Smith played defense. Michael Pineda, listed as 6’7”, 280, chose “Big Mike.” Max Kepler will again wear “Rozycki,” his father’s last name. It originated when Cruz played in Texas but can now be found at Target Field. Cey, by the way, is one of the most underrated players in baseball history. Rickey Henderson, the all-time stolen-base leader (probably forever), was and always will be "The Man of Steal." You know what that means? Two things that are certain to conjur mental images of dread: this nickname, and Sanchez's 2018 slash line. We did get some great nicknames this season, these are the best ones I could find on's website. 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. "Boomstick" — Nelson Cruz, Mariners Like Donaldson's, Cruz's nickname has been around and fits his style of play and personality well. Below are our 15 choices -- but first, some ground rules:1. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. At 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, Paxton is in fact quite large. And "The Millville Meteor" does have a ring. And finally, there’s Nelson Cruz … or “Boomstick.”. This nickname worked much better when Harvey was patrolling the streets of Gotham as a member of the New York Mets. "NITRO." 12. No. 13. 2. Or ... it can refer as well to the 2-foot-long hot dog sold at Target Field this season. ", 19. “I grew up with it and it makes me remember back in the Dominican.”. ). The German-born outfielder is named Maximilian Kepler-Rozycki, but uses Kepler, his mother’s last name, for his career. GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. As you comment, please be respectful of other commenters and other viewpoints. No. 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. Right about the time Sandoval was making his major league debut in 2008, Dreamworks Animation released a new film about a clumsy bear who fancied himself a martial arts warrior. “I grew up with it and it makes me remember back in the Dominican.”. 23: The Human Rain Delay (Mike Hargrove)Hargrove got the nickname for the many time-consuming adjustments he would make between pitches. He will wear "All Rise" on the back of his jersey for Players Weekend, and it's the perfect symbol of this year in baseball. No. When you talk about the greatest nicknames in baseball history, you are really talking about more than one thing. The nickname spurred the invention of the Boomstick hot dog, a two-foot monstrosity served with chili and nacho cheese. 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? José Bautista, Blue Jays: Joey BatsShort, sweet and to the point -- it's enough of a tweak on Bautista's name to work, and "Joey Bats" is just really fun to say. No. Giant. Bruce Campbell, Line 1. But having a nickname is one sign a player has truly arrived. Honorable mention: The Splendid Splinter (Ted Williams)I go back and forth on this nickname. "He is worth the price of two admissions," the writer Damon Runyon wrote when he coined the legendary nickname. Same thing with "The Say Hey Kid" -- the nickname is fine (it comes from Mays' habit of saying "Say Hey! 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. This is a fantastic nickname for someone who's hit 367 career home runs. The greatest player in the game today deserves a nickname to match. The best nicknames for each team on MLB Players Weekend jerseys Players will get to wear a nickname on their jerseys from Aug. 25-27. No. The nickname must be embraced or accepted by the player in question.3. A great message for kids watching and aspiring to play baseball. Lewis Thorpe believes his will be “Thorpey,” though given a do-over would have gone with “Thorpedo.”. I was just like ‘Oh, this is funny,’ when I came up with it.”. He's moved on to the Mariners now, but don't worry, the nickname absolutely still applies. Yes, just making it to The Show is an accomplishment in itself. From Boomstick to Bubba, here are all the nicknames Mariners will wear Originally published August 9, 2018 at 4:08 pm Updated August 24, 2018 at 12:59 pm "King Fu Panda" -- 3B Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants. Not all heroes wear capes, but some wear glasses. Taylor Rogers, who went by “M. Whatever the reason, he was as reliable for miles and miles, like a beloved vehicle. There really is no other explanation for Baez's defensive wizardry. What do you get when you combine a block party and a baseball league? 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. James Paxton, Mariners: Big Maple1. Rogers,’ but it’s trademarked,” Rogers said. No. They called him Turkey for the way he ran with his arms flapping. Gregory Polanco, Pirates: El CoffeeNo, Polanco is not MLB's official caffeine connossieur. So instead of yelling at people, does he hand out incense and mango chai smoothies? 9. Lewis Thorpe believes his will be “Thorpey,” though given a do-over would have gone with “Thorpedo.”. Evan Gattis, Astros: BullAfter crushing the ball through three levels of the Minor Leagues back in 2012, Gattis -- then in the Braves organization -- traveled south to play in the Venezuelan Winter League that offseason. And finally: There are the classics, the nicknames that transcend, the ones that replace players' names and become a part of baseball lore. MINNEAPOLIS -- Spend just a few minutes listening to Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli talk about his team before and after games and it becomes clear the manager has a nickname for pretty much everyone. Luis Arraez said he got “La Regadera,” from Endy Chavez and Ronny Cedeno while playing winter ball in Venezuela. “Even though it’s my name.”. He became “La Makina” after his trainer told him his work ethic was like a machine. “It means basically the sprinkler, sprinkling hits all over the field,” he explained. Too bad, because Big Unit was a fantastic description of Johnson at work. The nickname spurred the invention of the Boomstick hot dog, a two-foot monstrosity served with chili and nacho cheese. Honorable Mentions: The Commerce Comet (Mickey Mantle) and The Millville Meteor (Mike Trout)This sort of nickname, where you use a player's hometown as a jumping-off point, has sort of disappeared. This weekend, however, the players will go public with the nicknames they chose. 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. 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. Rzepczynski is worth 31 points in Scrabble, plus whatever you can get for double- and triple-letter score. Jose Berrios earned his nickname back home in Puerto Rico. The best player ever picked at every spot from 1-30, a clumsy bear who fancied himself a martial arts warrior, In an interview his junior year at Notre Dame, a 2011 comment by then-Indians manager Manny Acta, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. People would sometimes ask Buck O'Neil, the great Negro Leagues player and manager who was Bell's friend, "What does Cool Papa mean?" 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. If Twitter had been around in Reggie's time, he would have blown it up numerous times. It also might have been that he tried to steal a bag, got caught and was teased relentlessly as "Satchel Paige" forever after. The nickname spurred the invention of the Boomstick hot dog, a two-foot monstrosity served with chili and nacho cheese. Great nicknames. And it's so much fun. To this day, Cruz has not tried his namesake delicacy. 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. I believe you can get me through the ni-hiiiiiiiiight. Hockey. He didn't just make great plays, he made magical ones. A baseball nickname can be a description of a player. Coming from the chant of the same name, this one is fitting. Luis Arraez said he got “La Regadera,” from Endy Chavez and Ronny Cedeno while playing winter ball in Venezuela. 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. Perez said the town only has four streets and about 1,000 people. Not only do they both share extremely similar names, they both mash the baseball like nobody's business. Chris Davis, Orioles: Crush and Khris Davis, A's: KhrushSplitting this spot on the list are Chris Davis and Khris Davis. “I wasn’t even close, but I was thinking I was Kobe Bryant,” he said. (Kathy Willens/AP), The stories behind 10 of the strangest forgotten nicknames in baseball history, The 11 most fantastic nicknames that big leaguers will sport for Players Weekend. (Josh Donaldson will have "Bringer of Rain" on his back, for example.) It originated when Cruz … “Hopefully I stick around long enough to have it forever, have a lot of Players’ Weekends,” he said. Mark Fidrych was called "The Bird" because he sort of resembled Big Bird on "Sesame Street.". And can refer to hair highlights, he said, and Romo at one point sported a mohawk with blonde tips. He was born in British Columbia, Canada. Either way, the nickname is so fitting that you probably didn't even know his first name was Leroy. Eventually, that got pushed together. He is still called that to this day. Last season, Kyle Seager picked "Corey's brother" as his nickname on the back of his jersey for Players' Weekend. She is originally from the Chicago area and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. The Judge enters. It's hard to even imagine. Bruce Campbell, Line 1. And as part of the festivities, the athletes in uniform will be allowed to wear nicknames on the back of their jerseys. It's not a bad name to have."2. You see, there was a cartoon dog named McGruff who was constantly reminding us to "take a bite out of crime." 4. Cruz responds with sketches of himself as a stick figure holding a bat labeled “Boomstick,” taking Bailey deep. Yasiel Puig, Dodgers: The Wild HorseIt's hard to overstate just how exhilarating Puig's arrival in the big leagues was. The German-born outfielder is named Maximilian Kepler-Rozycki, but uses Kepler, his mother’s last name, for his career. You can view the full list, courtesy of MLB, here. •, The Metropolitan Museum of Art has one of the best baseball card collections in the world thanks to one man, By Nelson Cruz, Mariners: BoomstickBoomstick dates back to Cruz's time in Texas, specifically his unreal homer barrage during the 2011 postseason. Besides, after 327 big league dingers he's more than earned it: New York Mets fans hold letters spelling the nickname for New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Redsm Monday, April 25, 2016, in New York. Going a little deeper, the "hammer" is baseball slang for a curveball, which is one of the weapons Syndergaard possesses in his four-pitch arsenal. Kyle is a terrific player, an All-Star, a Gold Glove winner, a slugger who has hit 30 homers in a season. I still would have loved for them to go back to the bright colored ones of last year, but oh well. He was called Babe as a young player when he was all naiveté -- he was like a babe in the woods. •, Competition, joy and a little pain: Beep Baseball is a world of freedom for blind athletes, By “After the commercial came out, everywhere I go, people are asking me about it, if I brought my boomstick, where’s my boomstick? No. He is still called that to this day. Someone in high school called him Garv and Garver and his friends used to use phrases like “cool sauce,” he said. His long blond locks also evoke images of Thor, who's often pictured with his weapon of choice: the hammer. 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. ", "All Rise" -- OF Aaron Judge, New York Yankees. 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. Is there any more apropos nickname that "Showtime" Shohei Ohtani? When baseball's biggest stars need a haircut, they come to José 'Jordan' López, By 5: Charlie Hustle (Pete Rose)It was an insult. Possibly dating to a 2011 comment by then-Indians manager Manny Acta, Kipnis has certainly earned the "Dirtbag" nickname with his scrappy, all-out style of play. He makes unbelievable catches and he's almost universally recognized as the majors' best at applying a quick tag. 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. Matt Monagan “They legitimately call (me) Mechon.”. Fitting, considering Manaea has burst on the scene in 2018 and is one of the biggest pieces of the upstart A's. If not, it's still pretty cool. While maquina is spelled with a q, Berrios has subbed in the K to signify strikeouts. No. “I like it,” Polanco said. 3. No explanation needed. Box 839, 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). Here are the best names, ranked, using a scientific calculation known by only a handful of people, much like the Krabby Patty formula. He was 12, he said, and it was given to him by a coach. “I tried to do ‘Mr. •, 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. This name goes back to his days with the Reds, and is what will be emblazoned on his jersey next weekend. So, my teammates started calling me ‘Boomstick,’ ” Cruz said. Bailey begins the commercial by throwing some flak Cruz’s way for never winning the award. He loved the big stage. We reserve the right to remove any comment we deem to be defamatory, rude, insulting to others, hateful, off-topic or reckless to the community. "Bringer of Rain" — Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays. And there's no pitch he can't hit. Todd Frazier, Yankees: The ToddfatherTurning a last name into a pop culture reference is a great way to create a crowd-pleasing nickname, and that's precisely what Yankees slugger Todd Frazier, a.k.a. "The home planet of Thor is called Asgard, which is like my last name," he told the New York Post. 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. There’s Gibby and Odo and Nellie, Rog and Garv and Louie. -- but it's also an entirely accurate description of Pujols' sure-fire Hall of Fame career. 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. He was indeed baseball's Yogi, for the brilliant way he played catcher, his astonishing hitting prowess (he struck out just 414 times in his career -- Aaron Judge will probably pass that number next year) and, of course, for the countless bits of wisdom he bestowed on the world such as: "You can observe a lot by watching.". 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.

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