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Alex Colome’s Players Weekend Jersey is . . . interesting

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As we noted yesterday, as part of “Players Weekend” on August 25-27, teams will wear bright, pullover alternative jerseys which, if they so choose, will feature nicknames on their backs. Some of the nicknames are pretty good. Some are lame. Some players chose not to pick a nicknames which, per Geddy Lee, means they still made a choice. A boring one, but it’s a free country.

One player, however, chose a pretty interesting nickname. That player is Alex Colome, the closer for the Tampa Bay Rays. This is what he chose:

Good name for a pitcher, right? You want to be the horse your team can ride when it needs to! But I also wonder if there is something else going on.

You may or may not recall that back in 2014 Colome was suspended for PEDs. The drug he took: Boldenone. Here’s what Boldenone, which a lot of athletes have abused in the past, was actually developed for:

Equipoise (Boldenone Undecylenate Injection) is a long-acting injectable anabolic agent for horses, supplied in a vial providing 50 mg boldenone undecylenate per mL in sesame oil with 3% (w/v) benzyl alcohol as a preservative.

Yep: “anabolic agent for horses.”

The best nicknames are earned, not merely given. And self-effacing humor is one of the more attractive traits an otherwise confident person can have. As such: well played, Alex.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.