Top 13 player nicknames of this year's MLB All-Stars
Every nickname has a story behind it and baseball has some of the best. From the 'Big Hurt' and 'Teddy Ballgame' to 'Say Hey Kid' and 'Crime Dog,' the game has a history of fantastic nicknames and this generation of players is no different. So let's take a look at some of the best player nicknames from this year's All-Star squad.
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Jason Kipnis - 'Dirtbag'
The Indians second baseman was given the nickname 'Dirtbag' by his former skipper, Manny Acta, Cleveland's manager from 2010-12. Acta often spoke of Kipnis being a 'dirtbag' because his uniform was always dirty, a testament to how hard he plays the game.
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Bryce Harper - 'Mondo'
You won't hear his Nationals teammates call him by it, but Bryce Harper has a special nickname that dates back to when he first began playing baseball. Harper revealed while reminiscing with childhood teammate Kris Bryant on ESPN that his uncle tagged him with the nickname 'Mondo' when he was just in tee-ball. The 22-year-old slugger says his uncle, family, and close friends still call him that to this day.
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Aroldis Chapman - 'Cuban Missile'
This one is pretty easy, but appropriate, nonetheless. Chapman hails from Cuba and his fastball is out of this world, averaging around 101 MPH, but clocked as high as 105 MPH.
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Stephen Vogt - 'Everything Bagel'
This first-time All-Star has an especially amusing nickname...coined by himself. A 2015 TV commercial featuring Vogt, Billy 'Country Breakfast' Butler, Sean Doolittle and Dan Otero was the inspiration, and it's stuck all season long.
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Jeff Samardzija - 'Shark'
Even when you're a two-sport star at a prestigious university, you can still count on your teammates to knock you down a few pegs. Jeff Samardzija was a freshman at Notre Dame when his baseball teammates thought he looked like the shark from 'Finding Nemo.' That, coupled with the fact his last name is intimidating to read, made sure the 'Shark' nickname stuck.
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Mike Trout - 'Millville Meteor'
Mike Trout has been tagged with many nicknames, including 'King Fish 2.0,' a reference to former Angels great Tim Salmon, but his most notable nickname is one that began as a prank. Forum users who wanted to give Trout an old-school baseball nickname edited his Wikipedia page to read that his nickname was 'Millville Meteor,' an alliterative spin on the New Jersey high school Trout attended, Millville Senior High School. Media started to pick up on the nickname, and it stuck.
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Jose Altuve - 'Gigante'
At 5-foot-5 and 170 pounds, the Astros second baseman can be described as the exact opposite of his nickname 'Gigante,' which translates to 'giant.' He's the shortest active player in the majors, but you can't tell by the way he plays.
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Kris Bryant - 'Silk'
Bryce Harper anointed Kris Bryant with a spot-on nickname while the two were playing together as children in Las Vegas. Harper referred to Bryant as 'Silk' because of his smooth play, a moniker that is certainly fitting of the Cubs third baseman.
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Nelson Cruz - 'Boomstick'
Cruz's 'Boomstick' nickname dates back to his days with the Texas Rangers, and when he went on a crazy home run tear during the 2011 postseason...and it doesn't show any signs of going away anytime soon.
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Brock Holt - 'Brock Star'
The first-time (and somewhat of a surprise) All-Star didn't really have a say in his nickname...a fan did. When Brock Holt was first called up, a fan had a shirt that said 'Party Like A Brock Star.' When it came time to create a Twitter handle, Pirates catcher Tony Sanchez made it for him: @brockstar4lyf.
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Chris Sale - 'Condor'
The White Sox ace earned his moniker from a group of fans and bloggers that were determined to coin a nickname for Sale. They came up with 'Condor' because of Sale's unusual arm angle and distinctive three-quarter delivery that apparently resembles the wingspan of a condor bird.
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Felix Hernandez - 'King Felix'
Felix is the King -- and 'King Felix' holds court every time he takes the mound at Safeco Field in Seattle. The Mariners' ace has his own cheering section, which roots hard for a strikeout each time the King gets to two strikes on a hitter. When you're as dominant as Felix, you deserve to be treated like royalty...so he is.
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Brett Gardner - 'Squirrel'
Luckily for Gardner, his nickname 'Squirrel' never really caught on in New York. He apparently earned the nickname from a teammate at the College of Charleston, who said Gardner reminded him of an old high school buddy with the same moniker.