MLB Announces “Players Weekend” And I’m ALL In On It

by Jake Archer | Posted on Monday, June 19th, 2017
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Major League Baseball announced yesterday that they would be doing something called “Players Weekend” on August 25th through the 27th. The event was negotiated between the league and the players association as many of the athletes want to go out and showcase their personal style and express themselves in an effort to grow fan interest. Apparently, the league will be relaxing it’s uniform policies and allowing a few things for this weekend. Those moves being made are…

  • Allowing players to put nicknames on the backs of their jerseys.
  • Allowing players to personalize a patch on their uniforms paying tribute to someone or something that was instrumental in their development.
  • Allowing players to wear colorful cleats (kind of like they already do in the All Star Game)

Of course, there are some restrictions. The players obviously can’t have any inappropriate nicknames and they are limited to just one for the whole weekend. Some items will have minimal color restrictions such as spikes, batting gloves, wrist bands, compression sleeves and catcher’s masks. The colors cannot interfere with the game or the umpire’s ability to make a call. No white gloves, wristbands or sleeves will be allowed because they could get confused with the actual baseball, I guess. The jerseys from the weekend will be sold by the MLB and the proceeds will be donated to the Youth Development Foundation.

Personally, I love this idea. I think some of the restrictions on colors may get a little annoying, but other than that everything seems to be good. Plus, the MLB is straight up slapping the NFL in the face with this after the NFL decided to institute one game where the players could wear custom cleats and they proceeded to botch it anyway.

Baseball needs to appeal to a younger fan base and this may help a little bit. It won’t solve the problem, but I know people will be interested in what happens that weekend. Apparently, if the event does well baseball might be inclined to continue to stretch these boundaries in an effort to gain popularity. I wouldn’t hate that.

I hope they make these jerseys available in regular stores as well. It would be smart because fans would gobble them up quickly. I know here in Boston, a jersey or t-shirt with “Benny Biceps” or “Pretty Ricky” would be a hit. Obviously, the best nicknames probably will be a bit too offensive to get put on the jerseys, but there will still be some good ones. I want to see some across the league like “Thor”, “MadBum”, “Schwarbo”, “Big Sexy” and “BoomStick.” Maybe Giancarlo Stanton could just put “Mike.” I don’t know, I think it will be pretty awesome.

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Jake is a sports blogger with a passion for baseball and the Red Sox. He loves pitcher's duels, ballpark food and listening to games on the radio. He's got some strong opinions on things like pace-of-play, the DH rule and more. Follow him on Twitter at @jarcher04.

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