Astros to wear jerseys with nicknames during Players Weekend Aug. 25-27

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HOUSTON - The Astros will don special uniforms and accessories during the inaugural Players Weekend in Major League Baseball from Aug. 25-27.

Houston will be in Anaheim to face the Angels for three games that weekend.

What makes the weekend special is the jerseys the players will be wearing.

Instead of their last name on the back of their jerseys, the players will be allowed to have nicknames of their choice. The jerseys are also specially designed for the weekend.

Players will also be allowed to wear unique cleats, batting gloves, wristbands, sleeves, bats and catcher's masks.

Stance will provide the hats and socks.

Jose Altuve will wear "Tuve" on the back of his jersey.

The Astros will also be trotting out "Devo the Dragon" (Chris Devenski), "Snap Dragon 1" and "Snap Dragon 2" (Lance McCullers Jr. and Collin McHugh, respectively), "Big Fudge" (Jake Marisnick) and "100 Miles Giles" (Ken Giles), among others.

The thing Astros fans are most likely wondering: What is George Springer's nickname? What will be on the back of Dallas Keuchel's jersey? Why doesn't Brian McCann have a nickname? According to the photo released by the team, Keuchel, McCann and Springer will have their last names on their jerseys.

 

Players Weekend gear is available for purchase at this link.

Game-worn Players Weekend jerseys will be available at MLB.com/auctions, with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation, a joint effort established in July 2015 to improve the level, effect and ability for kids to play amateur baseball and softball in the U.S. and Canada.

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