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Which Ray is ‘Baby Giraffe?’ A list of the Players’ Weekend nicknames

From Willy Adames’ "The Kid” to Ryan Yarbrough’s usual “Yarbs,” there’s some interesting selections ... and some bland ones.
Kevin Kiermaier will sport his standard nickname, Outlaw, for Players' Weekend. [MLB photo]
Kevin Kiermaier will sport his standard nickname, Outlaw, for Players' Weekend. [MLB photo]
Published Aug. 6, 2019

Here are the Rays’ Players’ Weekend nicknames, some more original than others. Looking at you Matt Duffy.

Willy Adames: “THE KID”

Jesus Aguilar: “EL CAUSA”

Jose Alvarado: “POCHO”

Nick Anderson: “ANDO”

Jalen Beeks: “BEEKER”

Michael Brosseau: “FRENCHY”

Diego Castillo: “SAMANÁ”

Ji-Man Choi: “G-MONEY”

Yonny Chirinos: “YONITO”

Travis d’Arnaud: “LITTLE d'”

Yandy Diaz: “ARAÑITA DíAZ”

Oliver Drake: “BUCKO”

Matt Duffy: “DUFFY”

Avisail Garcia: “UNCLE AVI”

Tyler Glasnow: “BABY GIRAFFE”

Guillermo Heredia: “EL CONDE”

Kevin Kiermaier: “OUTLAW”

Andrew Kittredge: “KITT”

Brandon Lowe: “BAMM-BAMM”

Austin Meadows: “MEADS”

Brendan McKay: “B-MAC”

Charlie Morton: “GROUND CHUCK”

Emilio Pagan: “EMILIOOOOO”

Tommy Pham: “PHAMTASTIC”

Colin Poche: “PO”

Austin Pruitt: “PRUMAN”

Chaz Roe: “RANCH”

Blake Snell: “ZILLA”


Ryan Yarbrough: “YARBS”

Mike Zunino: "Z"


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