Nicknames are as much a part of baseball as sunflower seeds and arguing with the umpire. Major League Baseball seems to know this, so it’s allowing players to wear nicknames on the back of their jerseys during Players Weekend. I’ve already shared my favorite nicknames for the American League, so let’s go through the National League.
I like David Peralta’s name mostly because of the irony. At 6-foot-1, 210 pounds Peralta isn’t much of a “Freight Train.”
With the year he’s having, Charlie Blackmon can tell me to call him whatever he wants, and “Chuck Nazty” with a “z” works just fine.
At 38 years old, Chase Utley’s nickname of “Silver Fox” might be the most descriptive in all of MLB.
San Diego Padres
I would have liked to see a team unite in bro puns, but alas, it wasn’t meant to be. Instead, Brad Hand fulfilled the only bro pun with “Brotato.”
San Francisco Giants
You know you have a good nickname when it’s on the lineup card every day. Gerald Posey will be going with the name you know him by, “Buster.”
“El Mago” fits Javier Baez. He’s a magician with a glove and a bat.
Here we have another nickname so good it sits on the lineup card every day, but David Bailey’s is more appropriate for baseball. Even as a pitcher, “Homer” is a great nickname.
Any reference to a Chris Farley SNL sketch takes the cake, even if it’s not intentional. Orlando Arcia is “El Nino!”
Andrew McCutchen missed an opportunity here with “Cutch,” when he could have gone with “McClutchen.” However, the best of a bunch of mediocre nicknames is Ivan Nova’s “Super Nova.”
St. Louis Cardinals
I don’t think I can go against one of the greatest here (the rest are no good anyway) by not going with “Yadi.”
Another Bull Durham reference? Possibly, as Sean Newcomb goes with “Newk.” Just call him Meat.
Marcell Ozuna has another quality ironic nickname with “The Big Bear.” He’s definitely not the biggest bear in that clubhouse compared to Giancarlo Stanton, as Ozuna comes in at “just” 6-foot-1, 225 pounds.
New York Mets
Nicknames come from somewhere, and Yoenis Cespedes’ is spot on with “La Potencia.” My Google translator says this means “The Power.”
I’ve been called this many times by my sisters, but it’s because I couldn’t get a tan. Venezuelan Andres Blanco chose “Whitey.” I thought that was funny, mostly because I didn’t need Google to tell me blanco means white.
Max Scherzer has heterochromia, which means his eyes are different colors. So it only makes sense for him to go by “Blue Eye.” Yes, singular.
Which nicknames do you like the best? You can find the entire list of nicknames players are going by at MLB.com.
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