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.

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year, $58.5M deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year, $58.5 million contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, gets $19.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

He spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu was scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.

He would get a $200,000 for winning an MVP award, $175,000 for finishing second in the voting, $150,000 for third, $125,000 for fourth and $100,000 for fifth. Abreu also would get $100,000 for earning World Series MVP and $75,000 for League Championship Series MVP, $75,000 for making the All-Star team and $75,000 for winning a Gold Glove or a Silver Slugger.

Abreu gets a hotel suite on road trips and the right to buy a luxury suite for all Astros home games.