Pittsburgh Pirates: 2018 Jersey Nickname Weekend

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Last year, the MLB allowed the Pittsburgh Pirates and the other 29 teams to get creative with their jerseys by putting nicknames on the back.  Well, it is back for year two.

Last year, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and baseball fans in general, got a chance to see players put their nicknames on the back of their jerseys.  Where the NFL has nothing but strict rules regarding their uniform policy, the MLB is taking advantage by allowing players to have fun with theirs. It really is interesting to see some of the names that players come up.

Although this sounds silly, it is actually quite fun for players and fans.  Players get to bring a name out that fans might not know about.  It allows them to share some of their personality with the fans or share a story that maybe the fans do not know about.  Meanwhile, it gives fans new, and unique merchandise to sport.  Where it seems to be most popular is among kids, who just find it cool to see these cool names on the back of their favorite player’s jersey.

The Pittsburgh Pirates, of course, are not short of these names.  There are quite a few names that were similar to last year.  However, there are some new names and faces on this year’s team.  From latin orientated nicknames, to intimidating ones, to Pittsburgh Pirates fan given, there are all types of nicknames. Here are the nicknames that you will see from August 24th through 26th on the back of the Pittsburgh Pirates jerseys:


Chris Archer: “FLACO FUERTE”

Kyle Crick: “CRICKY”

Keone Kela: “KEY”

Chad Kuhl: “CHET”

Joe Musgrove: “MOOSE”

Dovydas Neverauskas: “LITHUANIAN”
Ivan Nova: “SUPER NOVA”

Richard Rodriguez: “PERRO FLACO”

Casey Sadler: “SADS”
Edgar Santana: “BICEPS”
A.J. Schugel: “SCHUG”
Jameson Taillon: “JAMO”
Felipe Vazquez: “NIGHTMARE”
Trevor Williams: “PROJECT”


Josh Bell: “JB”

Francisco Cervelli: “CISCO”
Elias Diaz: “EL MARACUCHO”
Adam Frazier: “FRAZ”
David Freese: “DAVEHUMAN”
Josh Harrison: “J HAY”
Adeiny Hechavarria: “LA PANTERA UUFF”

Jordy Mercer: “THE ROOK”
Colin Moran: “REDBEARD”

Sean Rodriguez: “CHICH”


Corey Dickerson: “C-DIZZLE”
Jordan Luplow: “LUPLOW”
Starling Marte: “TATO”
Gregory Polanco: “EL COFFEE”

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Of course, this also creates a buzz and a lot of conversation about who has the best nickname or who should have picked something different.  There are the classics like Polanco’s and Taillon’s. Colin Moran’s is the most “Pittsburgh Pirates” like being Red Beard the Pirate.  There were some suggestions for players like Felipe Vazquez, who should have picked Rivero.  Then there is the ultra-creative one for Jordan Luplow.  So you be the judge, what nickname is your favorite or least favorite?