Nicknames aren’t easy to earn, but when the right one comes along, it can stick around forever.
A nickname can also say a lot about you. Past baseball tags like ‘The Great Bambino,’ handed out to Babe Ruth and ‘The Big Unit,’ given to Randy Johnson give you some good insight into what these ballplayers were all about.
The Toronto Blue Jays released the nicknames they will feature on the back of their jersey’s for MLB Players’ Weekend, so let’s take a look at who has the best handles.
Teoscar Hernandez – ‘OCA’
Don’t worry, you will find this nickname a lot cooler when I explain it.
So ‘oca’ is actually Spanish for ‘goose,’ which is a pretty sweet bird to been nicknamed after.
While there has been no explanation for why he has been tagged such, it could be because he is a strong and steady presence like Goose from Top Gun. Or maybe, he has earned the name because he is a jokester around the clubhouse, making him a ‘silly goose?’
Regardless of how he earned it, ‘Oca’ is a cool and original nickname.
Luke Maile – ‘LUKEY BARRELS’
The word ‘barrel’ is used in baseball to describe a well-hit ball, and after he hit a pair of home runs in the same game against the Red Sox, Luke Maile has appropriately earned the right to be called ‘Lukey Barrels.’
— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) April 18, 2018
Maile is not on Twitter (which you can learn more about here), but if he was, you could bet that @LukeyBarrels would be a strong contender for his handle on the site.
Curtis Granderson – ‘GRANDYMAN’
The Toronto Blue Jays’ outfielder has had this nickname follow him around his entire MLB career, and it is a pretty good tag.
Curtis Granderson is a big wrestling fan and ‘Grandy Man’ could definitely suffice as his ring name if he were to ever enter the world of pro wrestling.
Thank you to @cgrand3 for sharing this with fans. Granderson took Joe Biagini to his very first wrestling match. Said Biagini “I could’ve asked for a onesie and got into the ring.” 😂 pic.twitter.com/a8AZEc67CZ
— Hazel Mae (@thehazelmae) July 24, 2018
“Who can? The Grandy Man can!”
Ken Giles – ‘100 MILES GILES’
As the only nickname on the list that rhymes, Ken Giles ‘100 Miles Giles’ moniker qualifies as one of the best on the team.
Given to the pitcher for his ability to reach 100 miles per hour with his pitches, Giles will have to prove to Blue Jay fans that he can live up to the nickname. In his 2.2 innings of work for Toronto, he has given up six earned runs.
Russell Martin – ‘LE MUSCLE’
Toronto’s catcher showed up to training camp this season looking bigger, and it was by design. After trying to go lean, Russell Martin decided this off-season he would bulk up in order to stay healthy.
And for the most part, it has worked. Aside from a sore knee which is acceptable for a 35-year old catcher to experience, his off-season training regiment has kept him on the field.
So ‘Le Muscle’ happens to be a very appropriate tag for Martin.
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