Thursday, August 23, 2018

MLB Players' Weekend August 24-26

CC Sabathia during last year's Players' Weekend.

MLB Players' Weekend will return for its second year, for all games scheduled this weekend, August 24 to 26, with each team in special uniforms for the occasion.

Players' Weekend will showcase the personalities and interests of Major League Baseball players by letting them select a nickname for the back of their jersey, such as "The Knight" for Yankee shortstop Didi Gregorius.

Players can also wear and use uniquely colored and designed equipment including bats, spikes, batting gloves, wristbands, compression sleeves and catcher's equipment, so be on the look out for what your favorite players come up with.

A select group of MLB players have been Ambassadors tasked with promoting the event and connecting with fans leading into Players' Weekend. The players who participated were Ozzie Albies, Jose Berrios, Alex Bregman, Edwin Diaz, Didi Gregorius, Kike Hernandez, Rhys Hoskins, Brandon Nimmo, Albert Pujols, and Andrelton Simmons.

Each player will have the chance to recognize someone who was instrumental in his personal development, or a baseball player who inspired him to achieve, on a jersey patch on his right sleeve.
In addition, players have the option to wear a t-shirt highlighting a cause or charity of his choice during pregame workouts and postgame interviews.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement, "We were extraordinarily pleased that the first Players' Weekend gave fans greater insight into the players, their stories and their paths to the Major Leagues. By highlighting their positive influences, Players' Weekend showcased the significance of youth baseball and its role in the development of Major Leaguers. We look forward to the event returning and continuing to bring fans closer to the greatest baseball players in the world."

The "Evolution" logo, which shows a progression of five players increasing in size to demonstrate the progress of a player's path from Little League and youth leagues to Major League Baseball, will appear on the sleeve patch as well as the back of each team's cap and jersey. The logo will be in the spot usually inhabited by the MLB logo with a silhouetted batter.

MLB Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark said, "Players envisioned Players' Weekend as a way to express themselves and connect with fans in a fun and more personal way. 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."

Game-worn Players' Weekend jerseys will be auctioned at 

All proceeds will be donated to the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation, a joint effort established in July 2015 by MLB and the MLBPA with an initial commitment of $30 million focused on improving the caliber, effectiveness, and availability of amateur baseball and softball programs across the United States and Canada.

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