Best Avoidance of “Name” Nickname
El Niño — Salvador Perez
It would have been easy for Salvador Perez and Eric Hosmer to follow the trend of several aforementioned teammates and stick with their name-inspired nickname.
But thankfully they went with their more common “in-house” nicknames. Both have Latin-inspired names around the clubhouse with Perez’s “El Niño” edging out Hosmer’s “Papo” for this award.
Personally, I would have loved to seen Perez go with “Salvy Splash” and Hosmer go with “Wizard of Hoz.”
According to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan, part of the special jerseys will be dedicated to the journey the players have taken to reach this point in their careers.
Given that information, it’s fitting that both went with nicknames earned while establishing themselves as two of baseball’s brightest stars.
Here’s hoping Perez is able to wear his “El Niño” jersey behind the plate and not just in the dugout.
And here’s also hoping that the Kansas City Royals are even still in the postseason hunt that weekend.