Thursday afternoon, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced that Players' Weekend — showcasing "personalities and interests of Major League players" — will return for its second year, this August 24-26.
Throughout the weekend, players can select a nickname to be shown on the back of their jerseys, as well as wear and use "uniquely colored and designed equipment including bats, spikes, batting gloves, wristbands, compression sleeves and catcher's equipment," according to MLB.com.
To help promote Players Weekend' and connect with fans, 10 players — including Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Rhys Hoskins — will serve as ambassadors leading into the event. Other participating ambassadors include: Ozzie Albies, Jose Berrios, Alex Bregman, Edwin Diaz, Didi Gregorius, Enrique (Kike) Hernandez, Brandon Nimmo, Albert Pujols and Andrelton Simmons.
Phillies nicknames include: "El Oso" (Jorge Alfaro), "El Wey" (Victor Arano), "Snake" (Jake Arrieta), "Chiquitin" (Asdrubal Cabrera), "Craw" (J.P. Crawford), "Big Fudge" (Austin Davis), "De Los Santos" (Enyel De Los Santos), "Sir Anthony" (Seranthony Dominguez), "Eick" (Jerad Eickhoff), "Ef" (Zach Eflin), "Don Ramon" (Pedro Florimon) "Compa F" (Maikel Franco), "Compa G" (Luis Garcia), "Cesita" (Cesar Hernandez), "Torito" (Odubel Herrera), "Big Fella" (Hoskins), "Bigger Fella" (Tommy Hunter), "Jetpax" (Scott Kingery), "Knapp Time" (Andrew Knapp), "Wolf" (Aaron Loup), "A-Mo" (Adam Morgan), "Neshek" (Pat Neshek), "Nols" (Aaron Nola), "Pivetta" (Nick Pivetta), "Rome" (Roman Quinn), "Buffalo" (Wilson Ramos), "Slamtana" (Carlos Santana), "Vicente" (Vince Velasquez) and "Nicky Dubs" (Nick Williams). Neither Crawford, De Los Santos, Eickhoff, Florimon, nor Ramos are currently on the 25-man roster.
Each player will have the opportunity 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, each player will have the option to wear a t-shirt highlighting a cause or charity of his choice during pregame workouts and postgame interviews.
The "Evolution" logo, which shows a progression of five players increasing in size to demonstrate the process of a player's path from Little League and youth leagues to Major League Baseball, again will appear on the sleeve patch as well as on the back of each Club's cap and jersey. It will take the place of the standard MLB silhouetted batter. The logo symbolizes solidarity with local youth baseball and softball organizations.
Prior to their June 13 home matchup against the Colorado Rockies — eight weeks and one day ago — the Phillies posted on their Instagram story images of Hoskins designing a New Era cap. According to MLB.com, players will wear "specially designed" Majestic uniforms, New Era caps, and Stance socks. Perhaps Hoskins designed the Phillies' cap for Players' Weekend 2018, given he is one of the event's 10 ambassadors.
While the special uniform designs will be featured for the three days of Players' Weekend on August 24-26, the Phillies and New York Mets will be the first to show off the designs during the MLB Little League Classic in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, on Sunday, August 19. The Little League Classic will air on ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball."
Game-worn Players' Weekend jerseys will be auctioned at MLB.com/auctions, with all proceeds raised to be donated to the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation.