3: Melky Cabrera: “Melk Man”
Another great example of using your own name in a nickname. It’s an obvious nickname for Melky Cabrera and I’m glad he didn’t give into pressure and change the name. Melk Man is an absolutely great nickname and it’s the only way to go with the name Melky.
2: Brandon Guyer: “El Piñata”
Brandon Guyer deserves massive amounts of credit for coming up with this one. For those who don’t know, Guyer is most notorious for being hit by pitches on an annual basis. He led the MLB in the HBP category in 2016 and is once again racking up the hits this year. What do you do to a Piñata? You hit it. What do you do to Brandon Guyer? You hit him.
1: Shane Bieber: “Not Justin”
Easily the best nickname to be used by the Indians this year. Rookie pitcher Shane Bieber obviously shares a last name with the singer Justin Bieber. Naturally it sets him up for jokes galore. When he is warming up in opposing team’s stadiums, it’s not uncommon for the PA to play old, annoying Justin Bieber songs. So Shane Bieber (who shares no relation to Justin) decided to keep things simple, yet effective. The nickname “Not Justin” is absolutely perfect and is up there with one of the best from last year being “Corey’s Brother” worn by Kyle Seager.
Players weekend shows some of the best personalities in baseball and gives them a chance to express themselves. For the Indians, it’s clear that they have plenty of fun-loving personalities in their clubhouse.