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Helping Fix Some of the Blue Jays Players’ Weekend Names

Players’ Weekend is one of the rare good marketing ideas that baseball has had in a while. For one weekend in August, everybody goes back to their days as a youngin’ playing the game they love, and can express themselves in any way they want. So basically, for one weekend, the game of baseball allows you to do what baseball purists hate seeing for the other 158 games a year.

The main draw (and uh, focu$) of the weekend are the brightly coloured jerseys that players wear, as well as the nicknames that they give themselves. Let’s just ignore the monstrosity that is giving yourself a nickname for a minute because it’s fun to see players like Kyle “Corey’s Brother” Seager get creative for something hilarious. For some, like Joey Bats and Bringer of Rain last year, the choice is obvious. For others, due to trademarking issues (like Pillar and Superman), or other reasons, we get a few boring nicknames that probably won’t sell well.

Either way, here are some cool Blue Jays nickname jerseys that I think work.

Kevin Pillar – C. Kent

Jun 21, 2018; Anaheim, CA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar (11) leaps but cannot reach a two run home run hit by Los Angeles Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun (not pictured) in the fifth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

 

Even though Clark Kent is trademarked, I wonder if Pillar could go with C. Kent or CK instead of the KP he’s going with. Pillar was known for his high flying defensive act the past few seasons, but now that looks all but gone. The eye test will tell you that the center fielder hasn’t been as good as we’re accustomed to and the numbers will tell you it’s worse than that. Pillar’s 2018 Defensive Runs Saved sits at -1 after 856 innings, which would be the lowest of his career, lower than both the 2013 (4) and 2014 (3) seasons that saw him play less than 600 combined innings between the two years.

Ryan Borucki – Papa Jr.

Aug 3, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Ryan Borucki (56) throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports  

Blue Jays fans can’t help but feel warm and fuzzy inside when seeing a soft tossing lefty wearing number 56 shine on the bump. Through his first eight starts in the show, Ryan Borucki is slowly becoming a fan favourite, throwing 48 innings of 2.81 ERA baseball, while only giving up a single home run.

Who was the Illinois-born’s favourite player growing up? None other than Mark Buehrle.

 

Teoscar Hernandez – Te💣

Aug 8, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Teoscar Hernandez (37) rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run against the Boston Red Sox in the sixth inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

If Brad Boxberger can go with the box and burger emojis, then “Teo” Hernandez can use the emoji that symbolizes what he does best for this Blue Jays squad. The 25-year-old has had some struggles both at the plate and in the field, but there’s no denying the power he possesses. He made quite the first impression in 2017 when he hit 8 home runs in 26 games as a September call up and kept it going in 2018, with 18 bombs in 95 games.

 

Tyler Clippard – Clip Art

May 19, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Tyler Clippard (36) reacts after Oakland Athletics shortstop Chad Pinder (18) (not pictured) hit a grand slam home run during the eighth inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Late 80s-early 90s babies: Do you remember when you first discovered clip art at school and used it excessively in all of your work, even when you shouldn’t have? Well, that’s what manager John Gibbons has done in the ninth inning with Tyler Clippard, and disaster has often followed. Clippard has a 4.67 earned run average in the ninth inning this season, only converting 7 of 13 save opportunities.

 

Randal Grichuk – The Grich

Did we forget this catch already? Total Gri(n)ch move, bro.

 

Marco Estrada – Magic Marco

Photo Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Even though Estrada has fallen off a cliff and may be making his final starts as a Blue Jay, no fan will forget the work that he did in both the playoff years in 2015 and 2016. Estrada’s fastball-changeup mix made it look like he was throwing triple digits as major league hitters often had difficulty squaring up to his fastball that topped out at 91.

Then, when playoff time came around, Magic Marco took it to the next level. He made six starts over those two runs and only allowed ten earned runs (2.16 ERA) with a total of just two walks in 41.2 innings. Blue Jays fans will forever have fond memories of Marco Estrada because of those two years. Not bad for somebody that doesn’t light up the gun.

 

HONORABLE MENTION

Vladimir Guerrero Jr – the Baby Impaler

Montreal Expos’ Vladimir Guerrero and his son Vladimir Jr. tip their caps to the crowd. Sunday, Sept. 29, 2002 in Montreal. (AP Photo/Paul Chiasson)

Could we really talk about the Toronto Blue Jays without mentioning the next franchise icon? I think not. Even though Vlad Jr. still looks like that, he hits some grown man bombs.

This isn’t a bad alternate, though:

Take a look at the names that the Blue Jays decided to go with here.

  • The Church of Batflip

    I know that a) Gibby’s not included in the fun, and b) he wears a jacket anyway, but how much would you want to see him strolling out there in a jersey reading #TheBest ?

  • lukewarmwater

    Some journalist made an excellent point the other day in that with the current status of the team, there in reality is no one special, dominant, an all-star. With Joey Batts gone the Rain Maker in the Sahara desert, the two supposed young stud pitchers now the Blister brothers, wait a minute they are no longer bros it seems ever since Scott Boras appeared on the scene. The youngest pitcher in the history of the game to record 100 saves sadly imploded with the domestic violence.
    Now I was intrigued with the jersey with the control years slogan. Sadly with this ownership Jay fans will likely have only the control years to enjoy Vlad Jr. if he truly ends up being as good as his dad. But heh it is the way Rogers operates, or did you see that triple A game today with the Rays using 5 rookies in the infield Friday night and so far out scoring the Jays 10 to 1 with one of the victories coming from using most of their freaking bull pen. Yep WAY TO GO ROGERS.

    • Paul Beestons Grass Surface

      Sanchez amd Stromam broke up before Sanchez signed with Boras. And as much as I loathe Rogers how exactly do they affect the play of players again? You are ripping them over Vlad and what they might do in the future?

        • Paul Beestons Grass Surface

          I do. Sure some of our prospects will not be as good as we hope and some will come out of nowhere and be amazing. But Vlad, possibly Bo..these guys may be generational. Sure looks good. Throw in some gems coming behind them and hope that Rogers will pony up a top 10 payroll when the tean starts to turn the corner (Im guesing around 2021) and who knows what can happen. The FO, I love what they did with the minors. Not impressed with anything they have done at the mlb level. But here’s to them growing and being better and getting something going with Vlad. I dont think we will compete for a few years but here is to things being exciting like they were in the decade before the WS teams. Being competitive, growing and then snowballing into something. And hoping that Rogers sells and MLSE buys. Then I think things might just be really interesting…and lead us to having more faith in the future. 💃💃💃