As part of its newly-formed “Player Weekend” dedicated to celebrating players, Major League Baseball unveiled a whole new set of special jerseys Wednesday that will include players’ nicknames on the back from Aug. 25-27.
The nicknames revealed Wednesday run the gamut from odd — “Hermm the Worm” for Arizona Diamondback Chris Herrmann — to witty — “Corey’s Brother” for Seattle Mariner Kyle Seager, the older brother to fellow MLB star Corey Seager.
But when it comes to regional pride, there was plenty of love for South Florida, even though many of the players don’t play for the Miami Marlins.
Perhaps most bold was Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles, a Hialeah native who proudly claimed the nickname “Mr. Miami.” Machado has not been shy about expressing his love for Miami in the past, and some fans saw his nickname as a hint of his free agency plans once his contract expires in 2019.
Machado is not the only Miami-born player to reference his home city in his nickname: Jon Jay of the Chicago Cubs chose “305 J.”
Newly-acquired Seattle Mariners first baseman Yonder Alonso, who attended Coral Gables High and went on to star at the University of Miami, chose “Mr. 305”.
On the Marlins, every single player chose a nickname, which was not required.
The full list of nicknames for the Marlins include:
“Cruz” for Giancarlo Stanton
“El Nueve” for Jose Urena
“Bear” for Kyle Barraclough
“Jarlin the Marlin” for Jarlin Garcia
“Ichi” for Ichiro Suzuki
“Dad” for A.J. Ellis
“TK” for Tom Koehler
“Unicorn” for Brad Ziegler
“Dietz” for Derek Dietrich
“Taz” for Junichi Tazawa
“Vanimal” for Vance Worley
“Pratt” for Martin Prado
“Papito” for Justin Bour
“Weigh-In” for Wei-Yin Chen
“The Big Bear” for Marcell Ozuna
“D-Mac” for Dustin McGowan
“Rojo” for Dan Straily
“JT” for J.T. Riddle
“Varis Strange” for Dee Gordon
“Steady Eddie” for Edinson Volquez
“Yeli” for Christian Yelich
“Elli” for Brian Ellington
“Miggy Ro” for Miguel Rojas
“Witty” for Nick Wittgren
“T-Mo” for Tyler Moore