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MLB announces second ‘Players Weekend’

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Last year MLB introduced “Players Weekend,” in which players were allowed to personalize the name on the back of their jerseys, wear colored spikes, gloves and wristbands, add personalized patches on their uniform and stuff like that. It was fun last year, mostly due to the nicknames — some inventive and funny, some boring as all get-out — chosen by the players.

MLB just announced that they’re doing it again this year, for all games scheduled from August 24-26. 

The uniforms for players weekend have already been designed. You can check out the caps here and the jerseys here. Here are all the nicknames.

You will be able to buy replicas if you’d like. Since it went unfulfilled last year, I will renew my request from last year, by the way: since Craig Kimbrel is once again going with “Dirty Craig” on the back of his jersey, someone needs to buy it for me. I think, after all of these years of me giving you free words y’all could do me this solid. It’s for a good cause, too, as all proceeds will be donated to the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation, which supports amateur baseball and softball programs across the United States and Canada.

Thanks in advance.

Rafael Devers won’t visit White House with Red Sox

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The World Series champion Red Sox are scheduled to visit President Trump in the White House on February 15. Some have speculated that manager Álex Cora, who is from Puerto Rico and has been critical of Trump and has been a big factor in Hurricane Maria relief efforts, might not go as a form of protest. Thus far, nothing concrete has been reported on that front.

However, third baseman Rafael Devers says he isn’t going to join the Red Sox on their visit to the White House, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports. Devers would prefer to focus on baseball, as the Red Sox open spring training on February 13 and position players have to report on February 17. Per Chris Mason, Devers also said via a translator, “The opportunity was presented and I just wasn’t compelled to go.”

Devers hails from the Dominican Republic and he, like many of Major League Baseball’s foreign-born player base, might not be happy about Trump’s immigration policies. Understandably, he is being tight-lipped about his motivation, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Devers is making a silent protest by choosing not to attend. He is thus far the only member of the team to bow out.

Devers, 22, hit .240/.298/.433 with 21 home runs, 66 RBI, and 59 runs scored in 490 plate appearances last season.

Last year, when the Astros visited Trump at the White House, they did so without Carlos Correa and Carlos Beltrán. Both are from Puerto Rico. It is certainly not unprecedented for individual players to opt out of the White House visit.

No word yet on what food will be served during Boston’s trip to the nation’s capital, but the smart money is on hamberders.