‘All Rise’ for base­ball nick­names

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE - Com­piled by Jeremy Muck

Ma­jor League Base­ball play­ers will get to ex­press them­selves for a week­end later this month.

MLB, along with the MLB Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, an­nounced Wed­nes­day that from Aug. 25-27, play­ers will wear al­ter­nate jer­seys in­spired by youth league de­signs. They also can use nick­names in­stead of their last names on the jersey name­plates.

Here are some of the nick­names that will be used for the games:

■ New York Yan­kees out­fielder Aaron Judge: “All Rise”

■ Seat­tle Mariners third base­man Kyle Sea­ger: “Corey’s Brother” (in ref­er­ence to Kyle’s younger brother, Corey, a short­stop for the Los An­ge­les Dodgers)

■ Bos­ton Red Sox out­fielder An­drew Ben­in­tendi (Arkansas Ra­zor­backs): “Benny”

■ Cincin­nati Reds sec­ond base­man Scooter Gen­nett: “Ryan” (Ryan is Gen­nett’s ac­tual first name, but he goes by his nick­name Scooter.)

■ Toronto Blue Jays third base­man Josh Don­ald­son: “Bringer of Rain”

The “Play­ers Week­end” will al­low play­ers to not only show some flash but also con­nect their pasts with youth base­ball. The jer­seys’ right sleeves will have lo­gos that sym­bol­ize the de­vel­op­ment of each player, while a patch on the jersey will have a blank space where play­ers can write some­one they wish to thank who helped them get to the ma­jor leagues.

Hurt in Mem­phis

With in­juries to key play­ers over the past two sea­sons, the Mem­phis Griz­zlies are what Ge­off Calkins of The Com­mer­cial Ap­peal in Mem­phis calls “the Golden State War­riors of lower ex­trem­ity in­juries.”

“Now that Zach Ran­dolph is gone and Tony Allen seems to be go­ing, the Griz­zlies may need to find a new slo­gan,” Calkins wrote

“Out with ‘Grit & grind.’ In with: ‘He is ex­pected to make a full re­cov­ery.’

“The Griz­zlies could give out com­mem­o­ra­tive walk­ing casts. For in-game en­ter­tain­ment, they could ask fans to match the player with the lower ex­trem­ity in­jury or med­i­cal pro­ce­dure.

“Which player did the Griz­zlies sign even though he once had hy­brid mi­crofrac­ture surgery?

“Which player un­der­went arthro­scopic de­bride­ment of the left an­kle?

“Which two play­ers did the Griz­zlies draft even though they couldn’t get through their pre­draft work­outs be­cause of foot in­juries?

“An­swers, in or­der: Chan­dler Par­sons, Bran­dan Wright, Jarell Martin and Ivan Rabb.

“If you got all those right, you win a free trip to the team po­di­a­trist!

“But now, an­other en­try. Free agent guard Ben McLe­more will be out 12 weeks af­ter surgery to re­pair a non-dis­placed frac­ture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

“He is ex­pected to make a full re­cov­ery,” said the Griz­zlies.

“Will all that fit on a growl towel?”

He said it

From Brad Dick­son of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Her­ald:

■ “Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer is feud­ing with Hous­ton Astros mas­cot Or­bit. This was ev­i­dent when a brush­back pitch took out the mas­cot atop the dugout.”

■ “Fans are be­ing al­lowed to re­name the Gwin­nett Braves mi­nor league team. Choices in­clude Big Mouths, Lam­b­chops and Sweet Teas. The New Or­leans Baby Cakes: ‘We feel for you.’ ”

■ “Ne­braska men’s basketball got a com­mit­ment from Ice­land player Thorir Thor­b­jarnar­son. He’s not on Twit­ter mostly be­cause ‘Thorir Thor­b­jarnar­son’ is too many char­ac­ters.”

AP/CHARLES KRUPA

Bos­ton Red Sox out­fielder An­drew Ben­in­tendi (Arkansas Ra­zor­backs) is one of sev­eral play­ers who will put a nick­name on their uni­form name­plates later this month dur­ing the “Play­ers Week­end.”

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