MLB, MLBPA announces creation of Players Weekend

Boston Red Sox to wear customized gear, feature nicknames on jerseys as part of MLB's Players Weekend

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It allows players to not only don some revamped, bright jerseys from August 25-27, but it also gives them a chance to wear nicknames on the back of their shirts.

But baseball is giving it the old marketing try to obscure the obvious.

No, the Yankees aren't permanently shedding their long-standing tradition, but rather participating in Major League Baseball's Players Weekend promotion.

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Let's check some of those Twins jerseys. Part of the initiative is to allow the players to reconnect with their youth baseball roots in an original way - by letting use nicknames on their jerseys instead of the traditional nameplates.

Both MLB and the MLB Players Association collaborated on Players Weekend, billing it as a player-focused field festival. They'll also wear specially designed caps and socks, as well as a patch where they can write the name of a person or organization that was instrumental to their development.

To save you from having to count: 58 players skipped nicknames for Players Weekend.

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It's important to note that the players picked the names that will be on their jerseys. But Players Weekend appears to be the first time that nicknames will be used by a major sport on a league-wide basis. During that time, the Tigers will be on the road taking on the Chicago White Sox.

For more information on this year's Players Weekend, visit the link here. "It's cool that at the highest level you can still connect to all the kids that are playing the game that we love". One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated tot he MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation.

He said the Little League Classic and Players Weekend bring out the kids in all of them.

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