A complete list of Baltimore Orioles’ nicknames for MLB’s Players Weekend
For one weekend in late August, Baltimore Orioles baseball will be fun again. Not since Bill Veeck’s antics of old were people drawn to ballparks for mere spectacle; let’s be honest, watching a man hit a lot of home runs isn’t on the same level of awe as being the manager from the stands.
Advanced metrics are tossed to the wayside while the world draws its collective attention to the enthusiastic personality hidden deep inside these stoic Major League Baseball players. The weekend of August 25-27 is called “Players Weekend, , ” and the Orioles can do what they do best: have fun.
From Jeff Passan:
Players will have the option to wear a jersey with a nickname – though they are limited to just one, according to the memo, and “inappropriate or offensive” nicknames will be banned…Each jersey will feature a patch with space for a player to personalize it by “writing the name of an individual or organization that was instrumental to his development,” according to the memo.
Baseball players are notoriously boring and unquestionably not funny, but deep down inside Seth Smith’s dull and dreary stare, there is indeed a man who wants to express himself to the viewing world. The Orioles already have a few known nicknames, but many need upgrades. I give you, your 2017 Orioles nicknames.
Baltimore Orioles starting lineup
Wellington Castillo, C
Start off easy with this one. The catcher tried his first Beef Wellington back in 2015 when the nickname trended on Twitter after the hefty one had a week in late July where he rocked a 449 wRC+ (4 ½ times better than the average player). Now, he still looks the part, and that first name isn’t changing anytime soon.
Chris Davis, 1B
Keep it rolling with the Orioles nicknames you already know; if it’s on baseball-reference, its good enough for me. Oh, and he smacks bombs onto Eutaw Street better than anyone in history.
Jonathan Schoop, 2B
OK, pull out your history books. Born on the island of Curacao, Schoop is a native Dutch speaker. Ronald Reagan was nicknamed Dutch due to his “fat little Dutchman” look. The presidential connections don’t stop there though! Well…yeah, they do.
JJ Hardy, SS
Nickname: James Jerry
JJ already is a nickname, he doesn’t get another one. This time, we go backward.
Manny Machado, 3B
Nickname: Baby Face Assassin
Though his season has been lackluster so far, our friend Nate Wardle has outlined that Manny’s has had peripherals close to his career numbers. Looking at his BABIP (.234, with a career BABIP over .300), he’s unlucky as ever, but the assassin doesn’t need luck in the most clutch moments. I’m 99% confident that won’t fit on the back of his jersey, but let’s hope there’s a 13-character minimum to force the kid to use an abbreviation at the end.
Hyun Soo Kim, LF
Nickname: Hitting Machine
A lot of O’s fans might say his nickname is “Buck, Seriously I Can Play Baseball. Put Me In The Lineup.” But alas, the greatest offensive threat that no one knows rarely plays. His .382 OBP would’ve set him in the top 16 last year, had he qualified.
Paul Swydan laid out the 20 hitters who recorded a .380 OBP last year. On that list were hitters the like of Trout, Votto, Donaldson, Altuve, Miggy, and Bryant. According to WAR, the worst player on that leaderboard not named Hyun Soo Kim is Ben Zobrist. Ben Zobrist is very good at baseball. To Buck, that doesn’t matter.
Adam Jones, CF
Nickname: Simply AJ
Don’t tell me he needs to have “Cap” on the back of his jersey. Follow him on Twitter. Go to Abbey Burger Bistro. You’ll understand. (But actually, bookmark this page, close your laptop, and go to ABB – it’s a life changer. Just don’t forget to read through here later.)
Seth Smith, RF
His nickname is Seth. Baseball-reference has his nickname – a familiar or humorous name given to a person — as Seth. I take everything I said in the opening back. Smith is just as boring as we thought.
Mark Trumbo, DH
Old reliable here, Trumbomb has been a Gary Thorne favorite since Mark came to Baltimore. Last year, his 47 home runs led the league. This year, his bomb-itdude has lessened, on pace for only 18 – way below his career average of nearly 30. For my Pokémon geeks, don’t make a push for Trumbeak. We both know it’s ability is Keen Eye, something Mark certainly doesn’t have.