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Analyzing the Arizona Diamondbacks’ nicknames for Players’ Weekend

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From the obvious to the obscure, and the not applicable.

@dbacks, via Twitter

The simple

  • 1 - T.P. = Tony Perezchica
  • 3 - Scals = Daniel Descalso
  • 8 - C.I. = Chris Iannetta
  • 9 - Rosie = Adam Rosales
  • 11 - Pollo = A.J. Pollock
  • 16 - C.O. = Chris Owings
  • 18 - Mags = Dave Magadan
  • 22 - Lambo = Jake Lamb
  • 27 - B Dru = Brandon Drury
  • 30 - Mac = T.J. McFarland
  • 38 - Bob = Robbie Ray
  • 39 - Mac = Dave McKay
  • 43 - Fett Dawg = Mike Fetters
  • 44 - Goldy = Paul Goldschmidt
  • 46 - Corby = Patrick Corbin
  • 47 - D Hern = David Hernandez
  • 60 - Hoov = J.J. Hoover
  • 61 - Braaach = Silvino Bracho
  • 23 - Butch = Mike Butcher
  • 35 - Gardy = Ron Gardenhire

Or, “blandly uninteresting”, if you prefer, these all basically being shortenings of the player in question’s real name. Except, I guess, for Lambo, which is 25% longer than Jake’s actual last name, and Braaach, which does at least add a couple of extra vowels. Bit surprised to see Robbie Ray going with Bob, as I’ve never heard anyone refer to him as that before. I hope there’s no confusion over the two Macs on the roster. We may be in trouble if T.J. McFarland starts controlling the running game...

Lost in Translation

  • 5 - White Shark = Gregor Blanco
  • 12 - La Foca = Rubby De La Rosa
  • 14 - Coqui = Rey Fuentes
  • 24 - Tanque = Yasmany Tomas
  • 28 - Flaco = J.D. Martinez
  • 29 - George = Jorge De La Rosa
  • 48 - Pupi = Randall Delgado
  • 49 - Gordo = Ariel Prieto
  • 84 - El Gatto = Humberto Quintero

I suppose A.J could be in this group as well, if you pronounce it Poy-yo - as in Spanish for “chicken” - rather than Paul-lo. Otherwise, Yasmany sports the “Tomas the Tanque” label, but who knew Fuentes would take the name of a species of Puerto Rican frog? May he can hang out with the cat (El Gatto) in the bullpen. Oh, hang on: that’s “gato”, with one T. I have no clue. Sadly, Martinez will not be going with “Just Dingers” on the back of his jersey, instead sporting Flaco, which is “skinny” in Spanish. This is presumably ironic, since he’s listed at 220 lbs on the team site. At the other end, Ariel Prieto’s nickname translates as fat. Quite why Rubby De La Rosa wants to be known as “The Seal” - as in the animal - remains to be discovered.

Somewhat innovative

  • 6 - Freight Train = David Peralta
  • 7 - Hammer = Robby Hammock
  • 9 - Lake Show = Tim Laker
  • 10 - Hermm the Worm = Chris Herrmann
  • 13 - Slick Nick = Nick Ahmed
  • 17 - Sal = Torey Lovullo
  • 33 - Big Bear = Jake Barrett
  • 40 - The Sheriff = Andrew Chafin
  • 41 - Raker = Jeremy Hazelbaker
  • 52 - Bull = Zack Godley
  • 99 - Tai-Weezy = Taijuan Walker

These are ones which do a little more than shorten the player’s name, but generally do make a good deal of sense. Some are well-known, e.g. Peralta, but others are the first time I’ve heard them. Has anyone called Chris Herrmann “the Worm”? Chafin appears to have inherited Mark Reynolds’ nickname, though Chafin has the more appropriate facial hair for it. And “Bull” seems pretty much perfect for Godley, especially when he comes charging off the mound at the end of an inning.

Obscurist

  • 2 - Six = Jeff Mathis
  • 4 - The Pike = Ketel Marte
  • 25 - Hollywood = Archie Bradley
  • 34 - Sensy = Braden Shipley
  • 56 - Benjamin = Fernando Rodney
  • 83 - Largee = Mark Reed
  • Barnabas = Jerry Narron

These are the ones where there’s no obvious explanation. However, Mathis has six as part of his Twitter handle, even though he wore #5 for his number most of the time after he came up as an Angel. He did wear #6 from 2012-16 in Toronto and Miami, but couldn’t get it here, because it belongs to Peralta. Bradley says friends called him “Hollywood” when he was younger. The others? Your guess is as good as mine...

Not taking part

  • 21 - Zack Greinke

There is one player on the Diamondbacks who will not be sporting any kind of alternate label, Players’ Weekend or not. Marching to the beat of his own drum as ever, Greinke gonna Greinke... And I wouldn’t have it any other way.