Players' Weekend means fun for players and fans


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Fun is the name of the game during Players' Weekend.

From Aug. 24-26, players from all 30 clubs will wear specially designed uniforms with their chosen nicknames on the back along with uniquely colored and designed equipment including bats, spikes, batting gloves, wristbands, compression sleeves and catcher's equipment.

In just its second season, Players Weekend brings out the kid in players and engages fans of all ages.

The non-traditional, youth league-style uniforms allow each player to select a nickname for the back of the jersey, such as “Melk Man,” “Tanaka Time” and “Showtime.” Players also wear a special patch on their right sleeve to honor someone who inspired them toward their big-league dreams.

“Players envisioned Players Weekend as a way to express themselves and connect with fans in a fun and more personal way,” MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark said. “And the opportunity for Players to honor those who first stirred their passions for baseball at a grassroots level helps reinforce the way our game is handed down from generation to generation.”

Ozzie Albies, José Berríos, Alex Bregman, Edwin Díaz, Didi Gregorius, Kiké Hernández, Rhys Hoskins, Brandon Nimmo, Albert Pujols and Andrelton Simmons have volunteered to be “ambassadors” and are using their social media accounts to promote the weekend.

Fans and the MLB were given a preview of the upcoming weekend in the MLB Little League Classic on Aug. 19 in Williamsport, Pa., where the Mets and Phillies played the final game of three-game series at Bowman Field after attending the Little League World Series games earlier that day and mixing with the players on the field and in the stands.

Following Players' Weekend, the players' game-worn  jerseys will be auctioned off with  proceeds going towards the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation, which provides boys and girls a greater opportunity to play in amateur baseball and softball programs in the United States and Canada.