Nicknames, bright gear part of Players Weekend

New event to take place during all games from Aug. 25-27

Nicknames, bright gear part of Players Weekend

CHICAGO -- When MLB and the MLB Players Association introduce the inaugural Players Weekend from Aug. 25-27, veteran White Sox right-hander James Shields will feature an interesting nickname on the back of his jersey.

"I didn't request it. They made it up already," said a smiling Shields. "I think my nickname was Juego G, for Juego Grande. It's like big game in Spanish. They call me Juego G now."

All players will wear colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs, with the White Sox playing host to the Tigers that weekend. Much like Shields' "Juego G," players will have the opportunity for a nickname placed on the back of the jerseys made by Majestic Athletic, as well as to wear and use uniquely colored and designed spikes, batting gloves, wristbands, compression sleeves, catcher's masks and bats.

Players Weekend gear available at MLBShop.com

Players will wear specially designed caps by New Era, and unique socks from Stance. During pregame workouts and postgame interviews, they will wear T-shirts highlighting a charity or cause of their choice.

Each player will wear a special patch on his sleeve showing the progression of a child evolving into a Major Leaguer. Under that logo is white space, and every player will mark a name of a person who they are grateful to for helping them advance their careers, such as family or a coach.

Infielder Tyler Saladino went with the natural "Saly" for the nickname and the patch honors his dad, Arthur.

"He's like my role model, coach, everything, growing up," Saladino said. "I like the tribute part of it. It's always cool for whoever gets picked that they get to see whether it's their dad or mom, whatever it is, that part is awesome. It mixes things up."

"I think it's cool," said Shields, who will honor his mom, dad, wife and kids on his patch. "It kind of brings you back to the Little League days and allows the fans to kind of maybe know a nickname they don't really know. Maybe one the players call you."

Game-worn, Players Weekend jerseys will be auctioned at MLB.com/auctions with 100 percent of net proceeds donated to the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation, a joint effort established in July 2015 by MLB and the MLBPA with an initial commitment of $30 million focused on improving the caliber, effectiveness and availability of amateur baseball and softball programs across the U.S. and Canada.

The uniforms will first be worn by the Pirates and Cardinals during the MLB Little League Classic to be played in Williamsport, Pa., on Sunday, Aug. 20, during the 2017 Little League World Series. That game will take place at Bowman Field, home of the Williamsport Crosscutters, a Phillies affiliate in the short-season Class A New York-Penn League.

"As long as the players respect the game and play the game hard and play the game the right away, I think things like this definitely can happen," Shields said.

Here's a list of nicknames that some White Sox are expected to sport on the back of their jerseys on Players Weekend:

• Shields: "JUEGO G"
• Saladino: "SALY"
Avisail Garcia: "AVI"
Carlos Rodon: "LOS"
Derek Holland: "DUTCH"
Jose Abreu: "MAL TIEMPO"
Mike Pelfrey: "BIG PELF"
Tyler Clippard: "CLIP"
Tim Anderson: "B. MOSS"
Miguel Gonzalez: "EL JALISCIENCE"

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.