MLB Letting Players Put Nicknames on Back of Jersey

Major League Baseball has earned a reputation for being too traditionalist and stuffy, but later this summer the league will loosen up and try to have a little fun . . . for one weekend only.

They're going to relax the dress code a little bit for something called 'Players Weekend' on Friday, August 25th through Sunday the 27th.

According to reports, players can wear a NICKNAME on the back of their jersey . . . XFL style. They'll have to stick to the same one for the whole weekend, and they can't have anything that's "inappropriate or offensive."

It's unclear how this will work for the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, who don't have names on their jerseys. The San Francisco Giants also don't have names on their HOME jerseys, but they'll be away in Arizona that weekend.

Players will also be able to personalize the colors of their spikes, batting gloves, wristbands, compression sleeves, and catcher's masks. And the jerseys will feature a patch with space for a player to personalize it by, quote, "writing the name of an individual or organization that was instrumental to his development."

The jerseys from the weekend will be sold by MLB . . . with proceeds going to the Youth Development Foundation. And to any purists who don't like this whole idea . . . it's something the PLAYERS wanted.

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