This weekend, the Tampa Bay Rays, along with the rest of clubs in the MLB, will take part in the first annual MLB Players Weekend. In a move similar to what has been seen in the NBA for a few years now, MLB stars will don alternate uniforms that, for the creative majority, sport a nickname of their choosing rather than their given surname. While there are a number of strong jersey nicknames to be found across the league including Red Thunder (New York Yankees OF Clint Frazier), Little d (New York Mets C Travis d’Arnaud), and Corey’s Brother (Seattle Mariners 3B Kyle Seager), the Rays have quite a few strong nicknames that will be on display during this weekend’s series in St. Louis.
Flaco Fuerte (Chris Archer)
Beyond being a fun alliteration, Chris Archer’s “Flaco Fuerte” pretty effectively captures the kind of player that the Rays ace is. Translating to “Skinny Strong” in English, Archer’s nickname reflects his lean frame yet powerful delivery on the mound. Additionally, Archer is certainly going to be able to sell a solid number of jerseys and t-shirts with his eye-catching nickname. In time, its possible that the name could stick with him, but only time will tell.
Two Towel (Tommy Hunter)
For Rays reliever Tommy Hunter, there certainly is a great deal of context missing that could better explain why he chose this as his nickname. Either as an inside joke, or just something weird and funny, Tommy certainly seems to have succeeded in his intended goal by going with “Two Towel” as his jersey name this weekend. Although not being the most notable Rays player on the active roster, Hunter has received plenty of notoriety for his choice and appears on most lists of the best nicknames in all of baseball.
Outlaw (Kevin Kiermaier)
Before you give me grief for failing to include Wilson “The Buffalo” Ramos on a list of Rays nicknames, take a moment to understand the thought process of choosing Kiermaier for the final spot. Undoubtedly, “Outlaw” is legitimately one of the greatest nicknames in Tampa Bay Rays history. If one were to make an all-time list of Rays nicknames, it wouldn’t be odd to put Outlaw next to names like Crime Dog (Fred McGriff) and Big Game James (James Shields). Additionally, Kiermaier has been a fan favorite since breaking onto the scene for the Rays and his nickname serves as an extension of the fans’ admiration.