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List of baseball nicknames

Baseball nicknames have become an integral part of the sport's culture: "In no sport are nicknames more pervasive than baseball. This is a list of nicknames of Major League Baseball teams and players. It includes a complete list of nicknames of players in the Baseball Hall of Fame, a list of nicknames of current players, nicknames of popular players who have played for each major league team, and lists of nicknames grouped into particular categories (e.g., ethnic nicknames, personality trait nicknames etc.). It also includes a list of nicknames of current Major League teams. Sports journalists, broadcasters and fans commonly refer to teams by a wide variety of nicknames. Many of the names are so established that newspapers routinely use the names in headlines.

Player Nicknames

Hall of Fame Player Nicknames

  • Hank Aaron, Henry Louis Aaron (1954-76): "Hammer," “Hammerin’ Hank” or "Bad Henry"
  • Grover Cleveland Alexander (1911-30): "Old Pete"
  • Walter Alston (manager, 1954-76): “Smokey
  • Sparky Anderson, George Lee Anderson (manager, 1970-95): "Sparky" or "Captain Hook"
  • Cap Anson, Adrian Constantine Anson (1871-97): "Cap", “Pop”, "Uncle" or "Captain"
  • Luis Aparicio, Luis Ernesto (Montiel) Aparicio (1956-73): "Little Louie"
  • Luke Appling, Lucius Benjamin Appling (1930-50): "Old Aches & Pains", "Luscious Luke", "Fumblefoot" or "Kid Boots"
  • Richie Ashburn, Don Richard Ashburn (1948-62): "Putt-Putt" or "Whitey"
  • Earl Averill, Howard Earl Averill (1929-41): "Rock" or "Earl of Snohomish"
  • Home Run Baker, John Franklin Baker (1908-22): “Home Run
  • Dave Bancroft, David James Bancroft (1915-30): “Beauty
  • Ernie Banks, Ernest Banks (1953-71): “Mr. Cub
  • Jake Beckley, Jacob Peter Beckley (1888-1907): “Eagle Eye
  • Cool Papa Bell, James Thomas Bell (Negro Leagues): “Cool Papa
  • Johnny Bench, Johnny Lee Bench (1967-83): “Little General
  • Chief Bender, Charles Albert Bender (1903-25): “Chief
  • Yogi Berra, Lawrence Peter Berra (1946-65): "Yogi"
  • Wade Boggs, Wade Anthony Boggs (1982-99): "Chicken Man
  • Jim Bottomley, James Leroy Bottomley (1922-37): “Sunny Jim
  • Roger Bresnahan, Roger Philip Bresnahan (1897-1915): “The Duke of Tralee
  • Lou Brock, Louis Clark Brock (1961-79): “The Franchise
  • Dan Brouthers, Dennis Joseph Brouthers (1879-96): "Big Dan" or "Alderman"
  • Mordecai Brown, Mordecai Peter Centennial Brown (1903-16): "Three Finger" or "Miner"
  • Jesse Burkett, Jesse Cail Burkett (1890-1905): “Crab
  • Roy Campanella (1948-57): “Campy
  • Max Carey, Max George Carey (1910-29): “Scoops
  • Steve Carlton, Steven Norman Carlton (1965-88): “Lefty
  • Gary Carter, Gary Edmund Carter (1974-92): “The Kid
  • Orlando Cepeda, Orlando Manuel (Penne) Cepeda (1958-74): “Baby Bull” or “Cha Cha
  • Frank Chance, Frank Leroy Chance (1898-1914): “Husk,” “The Peerless Leader” and part of “Tinker to Evers to Chance
  • Happy Chandler, Albert Benjamin Chandler (executive): “Happy
  • Jack Chesbro, John Dwight Chesbro (1899-1909): “Happy Jack
  • Fred Clarke, Fred Clifford Clarke (manager, 1897-1915): “Cap
  • Roberto Clemente, Roberto Clemente Walker (1955-72): “Arriba” or “Bob
  • Ty Cobb, Tyrus Raymond Cobb (1905-28): \"The Georgia Peach\"
  • Mickey Cochrane, Gordon Stanley Cochrane (1925-37): “Black Mike” or “Mickey
  • Eddie Collins, Edward Trowbridge Collins Sr. (1906-30): \"Cocky\"
  • Earle Combs, Earle Bryan Combs (1924-35): “The Kentucky Colonel
  • Charlie Comiskey, Charles Albert Comiskey (1882-94): “Commy” or “The Old Roman
  • Jocko Conlan, John Bertrand Conlan (umpire): “Jocko
  • Stan Coveleski, Stanley Anthony Coveleski (1912-28): “Covey
  • Sam Crawford, Samuel Earl Crawford (1899-1917): “Wahoo Sam
  • Candy Cummings, William Arthur Cummings (1872-77): “Candy
  • Kiki Cuyler, Hazen Shirley Cuyler (1921-38): “Kiki” or “Cuy
  • Dizzy Dean, Jay Hanna Dean (1930-41): “Diz” or “Dizzy” or “The Great Man
  • Ed Delahanty, Edward James Delahanty (1888-1903): “Big Ed
  • Joe DiMaggio, Joseph Paul DiMaggio Jr. (1936-51): “The Yankee Clipper” or “Joltin Joe\"
  • Don Drysdale, Donald Scott Drysdale (1956-69): “Big D
  • Hugh Duffy (1888-1906): “Sir Hugh
  • Leo Durocher, Leo Ernest Durocher (player & manager 1925-73): “The Lip” or “Lippy
  • Dennis Eckersley, Dennis Lee Eckersley (1975-98): “The Eck
  • Johnny Evers, John Joseph Evers (1902-29): “The Crab” “Trojan” and part of “Tinker to Evers to Chance
  • Buck Ewing, William Ewing (1880-97): “Buck
  • Red Faber, Urban Clarence Faber (1914-33): “Red
  • Bob Feller, Robert William Andrew Feller (1936-56): “Rapid Robert” or “The Heater From Van Meter
  • Rollie Fingers, Roland Glen Fingers (1968-85): “Rollie
  • Carlton Fisk, Carlton Ernest Fisk (1969-93): \"Pudge\"
  • Whitey Ford, Edward Charles Ford (1950-67): \"Whitey,\" \"The Chairman of the Board,\" or \"Slick\"\"
  • Rube Foster, Andrew Foster (manager): “Rube
  • Nellie Fox, Jacob Nelson Fox (1947-65): \"Nellie,\" \"Little Nel,\" or \"The Mighty Mite\"'
  • Jimmie Foxx, James Emory Foxx (1925-45): “Beast” or “Double X
  • Frankie Frisch, Frank Francis Frisch (1919-37): “The Fordham Flash
  • Pud Galvin, James Francis Galvin (1875-92): “Pud,” “Gentle Jeems,” or “The Little Steam Engine
  • Lou Gehrig, Henry Louis Gehrig (1923-39): \"The Iron Horse or “Buster” or \"Biscuit Pants\"
  • Charlie Gehringer, Charles Leonard Gehringer (1924-42): “The Mechanical Man” and one of Detroit's \"G-Men\"
  • Bob Gibson, Robert Gibson (1959-75): “Hoot” or “Gibby
  • Lefty Gomez, Vernon Louis Gomez (1930-43): “Lefty” or “Goofy
  • Goose Goslin, Leon Allen Goslin (1921-38): \"Goose\" and one of Detroit's \"G-Men\"
  • Hank Greenberg, Henry Benjamin Greenberg (1930-47): “Hammerin’ Hank” and one of Detroit's \"G-Men\"
  • Clark Griffith, Clark Calvin Griffith (manager, 1901-20): “The Old Fox
  • Burleigh Grimes, Burleigh Arland Grimes (1916-34): “Ol' Stubblebeard
  • Lefty Grove, Robert Moses Grove (1925-41): “Lefty
  • Tony Gwynn, Anthony Keith Gwynn (1982-2001): \"Captain Video\"
  • Chick Hafey, Charles James Hafey (1924-37): “Chick
  • Jesse Haines, Jesse Joseph Haines (1918-37): “Pop
  • Billy Hamilton, William Robert Hamilton (1888-1901): “Sliding Billy
  • Ned Hanlon, Edward Hugh Hanlon (player & manager, 1880-1907): “Ned
  • Bucky Harris, Stanley Raymond Harris (player & manager, 1919-56): “Bucky
  • Gabby Hartnett, Charles Leo Hartnett (1922-41): “Gabby” or “Old Tomato Face
  • Harry Heilmann, Harry Edwin Heilmann (1914-32): “Slug
  • Harry Hooper, Harry Bartholomew Hooper (1909-25): “Hoop
  • Rogers Hornsby (1915-37): “Rajah
  • Waite Hoyt, Waite Charles Hoyt (1918-38): “Schoolboy
  • Carl Hubbell, Carl Owen Hubbell (1928-43): “King Carl” or “The Meal Ticket
  • Catfish Hunter, James Augustus Hunter (1965-79): “Catfish
  • Monte Irvin, Montford Merrill Irvin (1949-56): “Mr. Murder
  • Reggie Jackson, Reginald Martinez Jackson (1967-87): “Mr. October
  • Travis Jackson, Travis Calvin Jackson (1922-36): “Stonewall
  • Ferguson Jenkins, Ferguson Arthur Jenkins (1965-83): “Fly” or “Fergie
  • Hughie Jennings, Hugh Ambrose Jennings (player & manager, 1891-1924): “Ee-Yah
  • Ban Johnson, Byron Bancroft Johnson (executive): “Ban
  • Walter Johnson, Walter Perry Johnson (1907-27): “The Big Train” or \"Barney\"
  • Al Kaline, Albert William Kaline (1953-74): “Salty\" \"Line\" or “Mr. Tiger
  • Tim Keefe, Timothy John Keefe (1880-93): “Smiling Tim” or “Sir Timothy
  • Willie Keeler, William Henry Keeler (1892-1910): “Wee Willie” or “Hit ‘Em Where They Ain’t
  • George Kelly, George Lange Kelly (1915-32): “Highpockets
  • King Kelly, Michael Joseph Kelly (1878-93): “Honest Joe” or ”King
  • Harmon Killebrew, Harmon Clayton Killebrew (1954-75): “Killer
  • Chuck Klein, Charles Herbert Klein (1928-44): “The Hoosier Hammerer
  • Nap Lajoie, Napoleon Lajoie (1896-1916): “Larry” or “Poli” or “Nap
  • Tony Lazzeri, Anthony Michael Lazzeri (1926-39): \"Poosh 'Em Up Tony\"
  • Buck Leonard, Walter Fenner Leonard (Negro Leagues): “Buck
  • Freddie Lindstrom, Frederick Charles Lindstrom (1924-36): “Lindy
  • Pop Lloyd, John Henry Lloyd (Negro Leagues): “Pop
  • Ernie Lombardi, Ernesto Natali Lombardi (1931-47): “Bocci” or “Schnozz
  • Ted Lyons, Theodore Amar Lyons (1923-46): \"Sunday Teddy\"
  • Connie Mack, Cornelius Alexander Mack (manager, 1894-1950): “Connie” or “The Tall Tactician
  • Mickey Mantle, Mickey Charles Mantle (1951-68): \"The Mick,\" \"The Commerce Comet,\" or \"Muscles\"
  • Heinie Manush, Henry Emmett Manush (1923-39): \"Heinie\"
  • Rabbit Maranville, Walter James Vincent Maranville (1912-35): “Rabbit
  • Juan Marichal, Juan Antonio Marichal Sánchez (1960-75): “Manito” “Dominican Dandy,” or “Mar
  • Rube Marquard, Richard William Marquard (1908-25): “Rube
  • Christy Mathewson, Christopher Mathewson (1900-16): “Big Six,” “Matty,” or “The Christian Gentleman
  • Willie Mays, Willie Howard Mays Jr. (1951-73): “The Say Hey Kid
  • Bill Mazeroski, William Stanley Mazeroski (1956-72): “Maz
  • Joe McCarthy, Joseph Vincent McCarthy (manager, 1926-50): “Marse Joe
  • Willie McCovey, Willie Lee McCovey (1959-80): “Stretch,” “Mac,” or “Big Mac
  • Joe McGinnity, Joseph Jerome McGinnity (1899-1908): “Iron Man
  • Bill McGowan, William Aloysius McGowan (umpire): “Little Joe Chest
  • John McGraw, John Joseph McGraw (manager, 1899-1932): “Little Napoleon” or “Mugsy
  • Bid McPhee, John Alexander McPhee (1882-99): “Bid
  • Joe Medwick, Joseph Michael Medwick (1932-48): “Ducky
  • Johnny Mize, John Robert Mize (1936-53): \"The Big Cat\"
  • Paul Molitor, Paul Leo Molitor (1978-98): “The Ignitor” or “Molly
  • Eddie Murray, Eddie Clarence Murray (1977-97): “Steady Eddie
  • Stan Musial, Stanley Frank Musial (1941-63): “Stan the Man
  • Hal Newhouser, Harold Newhouser (1939-55): “Prince Hal
  • Kid Nichols, Charles Augustus Nichols (1890-1906): “Kid
  • Phil Niekro, Philip Henry Niekro (1964-87): “Knucksie
  • Jim O'Rourke, James Henry O'Rourke (1872-1904): “Orator Jim
  • Mel Ott, Melvin Thomas Ott (1926-47): “Master Melvin
  • Satchel Paige, Leroy Robert Paige (1948-53): “Satchel
  • Jim Palmer, James Alvin Palmer (1965-84): “Cakes
  • Herb Pennock, Herbert Jefferis Pennock (1912-34): “The Knight of Kennett Square
  • Kirby Puckett (1984-95): \"Puck\"
  • Charles Radbourn, Charles Gardner Radbourn (1881-91): “Old Hoss
  • Pee Wee Reese, Harold Henry Reese (1940-58): “Pee Wee” or “The Little Colonel
  • Branch Rickey, Wesley Branch Rickey (player, 1905-07, manager, 1913-25): “The Mahatma
  • Cal Ripken, Jr, Calvin Edwin Ripken Jr. (1981-2001): “Iron Man
  • Eppa Rixey (1912-33): “Jeptha
  • Phil Rizzuto, Philip Francis Rizzuto (1941-56): “Scooter
  • Brooks Robinson, Brooks Calbert Robinson Jr. (1955-77): “Hoover” or “The Vacuum Cleaner
  • Bullet Rogan, Wilber Rogan (Negro Leagues): “Bullet
  • Red Ruffing, Charles Herbert Ruffing (1924-47): “Red
  • Amos Rusie, Amos Wilson Rusie (1889-1901): “The Hoosier Thunderbolt
  • Babe Ruth, George Herman Ruth (1914-35): “Babe,” “The Bambino,” “Sultan of Swat” or \"Colossus of Clout\"
  • Nolan Ryan, Lynn Nolan Ryan Jr. (1966-93): “The Ryan Express
  • Ryne Sandberg, Ryne Dee Sandberg (1981-97): “Ryno
  • Ray Schalk, Raymond William Schalk (1912-29): “Cracker
  • Mike Schmidt, Michael Jack Schmidt (1972-89): \"Schmidty\"
  • Tom Seaver, George Thomas Seaver (1967-86): \"Tom Terrific\"

  • Al Simmons, Aloysius Harry Simmons (1924-44): “Bucketfoot Al
  • George Sisler, George Harold Sisler (1915-30): “Georgeous George
  • Enos Slaughter, Enos Bradsher Slaughter (1938-59): \"Country\"
  • Ozzie Smith, Osborne Earl Smith (1978-96): “The Wizard of Oz” or “The Wizard
  • Duke Snider, Edwin Donald Snider (1947-64): “The Silver Fox” of \"Duke\"
  • Tris Speaker, Tristram E Speaker (1907-28): “Tris,” “The Grey Eagle” or “Spoke
  • Willie Stargell, Wilver Dornel Stargell (1962-82): “Pops
  • Turkey Stearnes, Norman Thomas Stearnes (Negro Leagues): “Turkey'”
  • Casey Stengel, Charles Dillon Stengel (player, 1912-25; manager, 1934-65): “Casey” and “The Old Perfessor
  • Don Sutton, Donald Howard Sutton (1966-88): “Black & Decker
  • Bill Terry, William Harold Terry (1923-36): “Memphis Bill
  • Sam Thompson, Samuel Luther Thompson (1885-98): \"Big Sam
  • Pie Traynor, Harold Joseph Traynor (1920-37): “Pie
  • Dazzy Vance, Clarence Arthur Vance 1915-35): “Dazzy
  • Arky Vaughan, Joseph Floyd Vaughan (1932-48): “Arky
  • Rube Waddell, George Edward Waddell (1897-1910): “Rube
  • Honus Wagner, John Peter Wagner (1897-1917): “The Flying Dutchman” or “Honus
  • Lloyd Waner, Lloyd James Waner (1927-45): “Little Poison
  • Paul Waner, Paul Glee Waner (1926-45): “Big Poison\"
  • Earl Weaver, Earl Sidney Weaver (manager, 1968-86): “Doodles
  • Willie Wells, Willie James Wells (Negro Leagues): “Devil
  • Zack Wheat, Zachary Davis Wheat (1909-27): “Buck
  • Billy Williams, Billy Leo Williams (1959-76): “Sweet Swingin' Billy from Whistler
  • Hack Wilson, Lewis Robert Wilson (1923-34): “Hack
  • Joe Williams, Joseph Williams (Negro Leagues): “Smokey Joe” or “Cyclone
  • Ted Williams, Theodore Samuel Williams (1939-60): “The Splendid Splinter,” “Teddy Ballgame,” “Thumper,” or “Kid
  • Early Wynn, Early Wynn Jr. (1939-63): \"Gus\"
  • Carl Yastrzemski, Carl Michael Yastrzemski (1961-83): “Yaz
  • Cy Young, Denton True Young (1890-1911): “Cy” or “Cyclone
  • Ross Youngs, Royce Middlebrook Youngs (1917-26): “Pep
  • Robin Yount, Robin R Yount (1974-93): “The Kid

Current Player Nicknames

Player Nicknames By Team

Arizona Diamondbacks Players Nicknames

Atlanta Braves Players Nicknames

Baltimore Orioles Players Nicknames

  • Jerry Adair, Kenneth Jerry Adair (1958-70): \"Casper the Friendly Ghost\"
  • Brady Anderson, Brady Kevin Anderson (1988-2002): \"Brady Bunch Anderson\" (bestowed by Chris Berman)
  • Luis Aparicio, Luis Ernesto (Montiel) Aparicio (1956-73): \"Little Louie\"
  • Harold Baines, Harold Douglas Baines \"Harold Growing Baines\" (bestowed by Chris Berman)
  • Mark Belanger, Mark Henry Belanger (1965-82): \"The Blade\"
  • Paul Blair, Paul L D Blair (1964-80): \"Motormouth\"
  • Curt Blefary, Curtis Le Roy Blefary (1965-72): \"Clank\"
  • Jackie Brandt, John George Brandt Jr. (1956-67): \"Flakey,\" \"Flakes\" or \"Flake\" or \"Jackie\"
  • Hal Brown, Hector Harold Brown (1951-64): \"Skinny\"
  • Al Bumbry, Alonza Benjamin Bumbry (1972-85): \"Bumblebee\" or \"Bee\"
  • Jeff Conine, Jeffrey Guy Conine (1990-2007): \"Nine,\" \"Niner,\" \"Conine the Barbarian,\" or \"Mr. Marlin\"
  • Storm Davis, George Earl Davis (1982-94): \"Storm\"
  • Rick Dempsey, John Rikard Dempsey (1969-92): \"Dipper\"
  • Mike Devereaux, Michael Devereaux (1987-98): \"Devo\"
  • Mike Flanagan, Michael Kendall Flanagan (1975-92): \"Killer Bee\"
  • Jim Gentile, James Edward Gentile (1957-66): \"Diamond Jim\"
  • Bobby Grich, Robert Anthony Grich (1970-86): \"Bird\"
  • Chris Hoiles, Christopher Allen Hoiles 1989-98): \"Tractor Mechanic\"
  • Dennis Martinez, Jose Dennis (Emilia) Martinez (1976-98): \"El Presidente\"
  • Tippy Martinez, Felix Anthony Martinez (1974-88): \"Tippy\"
  • Eddie Murray, Eddie Clarence Murray (1977-97): \"Steady Eddie\"
  • Mike Mussina, Michael Cole Mussina (1991-2007): \"Moose\"
  • Jim Palmer, James Alvin Palmer (1965-84): \"Cakes\"
  • Rafael Palmeiro, Rafael (Corrales) Palmeiro (1986-2005): \"Raffy\"
  • Milt Pappas, Miltiades Sergios Pappas (1957-73): \"Gimpy\"
  • Sidney Ponson 1998- ): \"Sir Shrek\" or \"Sir Sidney\"
  • Boog Powell, John Wesley Powell (1961-77): \"Boog\"
  • Cal Ripken, Calvin Edwin Ripken Jr. (1981-2001): \"Iron Man\"
  • Brian Roberts, Brian Michael Roberts (2001- ): \"B-Rob\" or \"Bip\"
  • Brooks Robinson, Brooks Calbert Robinson Jr. (1955-77): \"The Vacuum Cleaner,\" \"The Human Vacuum Cleaner,\" or \"Hoover\"
  • Frank Robinson (1956-76): \"Robby,\" \"F. Robby\" or \"The Judge\"
  • Luke Scott: \"Some Dude\"
  • Don Stanhouse, Donald Joseph Stanhouse (1972-1982): \"Stan the Man Unusual\"
  • B.J. Surhoff, William James Surhoff (1987-2005): \"B.J.\"
  • Miguel Tejada, Miguel Odalis (Martinez) Tejada (1997- ): \"The Bus\" or \"Miggy\"

Boston Red Sox Players Nicknames

Chicago Cubs Players Nicknames

Chicago White Sox Players Nicknames

Cincinnati Reds Players Nicknames

Cleveland Indians Players Nicknames

  • Earl Averill, Howard Earl Averill (1929-41): “Rock” or “Earl of Snohomish
  • Bobby Avila, Roberto Francisco (Gonzales) Avila (1949-59): \"Beto\"
  • Jim Bagby, James Charles Jacob Bagby Jr. (1912-23): \"Sarge\"
  • Buddy Bell, David Gus Bell (1972-89): \"Buddy\"
  • Gary Bell, Wilbur Gary Bell (1958-69): \"Ding\" or \"Ding Dong\"
  • Albert Belle, Albert Jojuan Belle (1989-2000): \"Joey,\" \"Snapper,\" \", or \"Mr. Freeze\"
  • Bill Bernhard, William Henry Bernhard (1899-1907): \"Strawberry Bill\"
  • Lou Boudreau, Louis Boudreau (1938-52): \"Old Shufflefoot\" or \"Handsome Lou\"
  • Ray Chapman, Raymond Johnson Chapman (1912-20): \"Chappie\"
  • Rocky Colavito, Rocco Domenico Colavito (1955-68): \"Rocky\"
  • Stan Coveleski, Stanley Anthony Coveleski (1912-28): “Covey
  • Bob Feller, Robert William Andrew Feller (1936-56): \"Rapid Robert\"
  • Julio Franco, Julio Cesar Franco (1982-2007): \"Methuselah\" or \"The Ageless Wonder\"
  • Tito Francona, John Patsy Francona (1956-70): \"Tito\"
  • Mike Garcia, Edward Miguel Garcia (1948-61): \"The Big Bear\"
  • Juan González, Juan Alberto (Vazquez) Gonzalez (1989-2005): \"Juan Gone\" or \"Igor\"
  • Mudcat Grant, James Timothy Grant (1958-71): \"Mudcat\"
  • Vean Gregg, Sylveanus Augustus Gregg (1911-25): \"Vean\"
  • Odell Hale, Arvel Odell Hale (1931-41): \"Bad News\"
  • Mel Harder, Melvin Leroy Harder (1928-47): \"Chief\" or \"Wimpy\"
  • Travis Hafner \"Pronk\" combination of the words Project and Donkey
  • Mike Hargrove, Dudley Michael Hargrove (1974-85): \"The Human Rain Delay\" or \"Grover\"
  • Toby Harrah, Colbert Dale Harrah (1969-86): \"Toby,\" \"Stone Fingers,\" or \"Toby Last Harrah\" (bestowed by Chris Berman)
  • Jim Hegan, James Edward Hegan (1941-58): \"Shanty\"
  • Orel Hershiser, Orel Leonard (IV) Hershiser (1983-2000): \"Bulldog\"
  • Willis Hudlin, George Willis Hudlin (1926-44): \"Ace\" or \"Hud\"
  • Joe Jackson, Joseph Jefferson Jackson (1908-20): \"Shoeless Joe\"
  • Brook Jacoby, Brook Wallace Jacoby (1981-92): \"Jake\" or \"Brook Jacoby Wan Kenobi\" (bestowed by Chris Berman)
  • Charlie Jamieson, Charles Devine Jamieson (1915-32): \"Cuckoo,\" \"Jamie,\" or \"Hawk\"
  • Addie Joss, Adrian Joss (1902-10): \"Addie\" or \"The Maestro of Twirlology\"
  • Ken Keltner, Kenneth Frederick Keltner (1937-50): \"Butch\"
  • Duane Kuiper, Duane Eugene Kuiper (1974-85): \"Kuip\" or \"Smooth\"
  • Nap Lajoie, Napoleon Lajoie (1896-1916): “Larry,” “Poli,” “Nap” or \"King\"
  • Bob Lemon, Robert Granville Lemon (1946-58): \"Lem\"
  • Kenny Lofton, Kenneth Lofton (1991-2007): \"Mayor of Cleveland\"
  • Rick Manning, Richard Eugene Manning (1975-87): \"Archie\"
  • Sam McDowell, Samuel Edward Thomas McDowell (1961-75): \"Sudden Sam\"
  • Al Milnar, Albert Joseph Milnar (1936-46): \"Happy\"
  • Minnie Miñoso, Saturnino Orestes Armas (Arrieta) Miñoso (1949-80): \"Minnie\" or \"The Cuban Comet\"
  • Earl Moore, Earl Alonzo Moore (1901-14): \"Crossfire,\" \"Big Ebbie,\" or \"Steam Engine in Boots\"
  • Guy Morton, Guy Morton Sr. (1914-24): \"Alabama Blossom\"
  • Don Mossi, Donald Louis Mossi (1954-65): \"The Sphinx\" or \"Ears\"
  • Satchel Paige, Leroy Robert Paige (1948-53): “Satchel
  • Dick Porter, Richard Twilley Porter (1929-34): \"Wiggles\" or \"Twitches\"
  • Manny Ramírez, Manuel Aristides (Onelcida) Ramirez (1993- ): \"Man-Ram\" or \"Manny being Manny\"
  • Bob Rhoads, Barton Emory Rhoads (1902-09): \"Dusty\"
  • Al Rosen, Albert Leonard Rosen (1947-56): \"Flip\"
  • C. C. Sabathia, Carsten Charles Sabathia (2001- ): \"C.C.\"
  • Chico Salmon, Ruthford Eduardo Salmon (1954-72): \"Chico\"
  • Joe Shaute, Joseph Benjamin Shaute (1922-34): \"Lefty\"
  • Al Smith, Alphonse Eugene Smith (1953-64): \"Fuzzy\"
  • Tris Speaker, Tristram E Speaker (1907-28): “Tris,” “The Grey Eagle” or “Spoke
  • George Stovall, George Thomas Stovall (1904-15): \"Firebrand\"
  • Rick Sutcliffe, Richard Lee Sutcliffe (1976-94): \"Red Baron\"
  • Pat Tabler, Patrick Sean Tabler (1981-90): \"Pat Pick Up the Tabler\" (bestowed by Chris Berman)
  • Jim Thome, James Howard Thome (1991-2007): \"Mr. High Socks\" or \"Jim Thome Can You Hear Me?\" (bestowed by Chris Berman)
  • Andre Thornton (1973-87): \"Thunder\"
  • Luis Tiant, Luis Clemente (Vega) Tiant (1964-82): \"Rl Tiante\"
  • Terry Turner, Terrence Lamont Turner (1901-19): \"Cotton Top\"
  • George Uhle, George Ernest Uhle (1919-36): \"The Bull\"
  • Omar Vizquel, Omar Enrique (Gonzalez) Vizquel (1980-2007): \"Little O\" or \"Manos de Seda (Hands of Silk)\"
  • Bill Wambsganss, William Adolph Wambsganss (1914-26): \"Wamby\"
  • Matt Williams, Matthew Derrick Williams (1987-2003): \"Carson Crusher\"
  • Early Wynn, Early Wynn Jr. (1939-63): \"Gus\"

Colorado Rockies Players Nicknames

Detroit Tigers Player Nicknames:

Detroit Tigers 1990 to Present

Detroit Tigers 1960-1989

Detroit Tigers 1930-1959

Detroit Tigers 1901-1929

Detroit Wolverines Nicknames (1881-1888)

  • Lady Baldwin, Charles B. Baldwin (pitcher, 1885-1888): \"Lady\"
  • Fatty Briody, Charles F. Briody : \"Fatty\"
  • Dan Brouthers (1st base, 1886-1888): \"Big Dan\" and \"Alderman\" (Hall of Fame)
  • Count Campau, Charles Columbus Campau (outfield, 1888): \"Count\"
  • Chub Collins, Charles Augustus Collins (shortstop, 1885): \"Chubb\"
  • Ned Hanlon, Edward Hugh Hanlon (outfield, 1881-1888): \"Ned\"
  • Deacon McGuire James Thomas McGuire (catcher, 1885, 1888, 1902-1903, 1912): \"Deacon\"
  • Mox McQuery, William Thomas McQuery (1st base, 1885): \"Mox\"
  • Parson Nicholson, Thomas C. Nicholson (2nd base, 1888): \"Parson\" and \"Deacon\"
  • Hardy Richardson, Abram Harding Richardson (outfield, 2nd base 1886-1888): \"Hardy\" and \"Old True Blue\"
  • Yank Robinson, William H. Robinson (shortstop, 1882): \"Yank\"
  • Dupee Shaw, Frederick Lander Shaw (pitcher, 1883-1884): \"Dupee\"
  • Phenomenal Smith, John Francis Smith (pitcher, 1886): \"Phenomenal\"
  • Ecky Stearns, Daniel Eckford Stearns (shortstop, 1881): \"Ecky\"
  • Sam Thompson (outfield, 1885-1888): \"Big Sam\" (Hall of Fame)
  • Dasher Troy, John Joseph Troy (infield, 1881-1882): \"Dasher\"
  • Deacon White, James Laurie White (3rd base, 1886-1888): \"Deacon\"
  • Stump Wiedman, George Edward Wiedman (pitcher, 1881-1885, 1887): \"Stump\"
  • Chief Zimmer, Charles Louis Zimmer (catcher, outfield 1884): \"Chief

Florida Marlins Players Nicknames

Houston Astros Players Nicknames

Kansas City Royals Players Nicknames

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Players Nicknames

  • Sandy Alomar, Santos (Conde) Alomar Sr. (1964-78): \"Iron Pony\"
  • Garret Anderson, Garret Joseph Anderson (1994- ): \"G.A.\"
  • Don Baylor, Don Edward Baylor (1970-88): \"Groove\" or \"The Sneak Thief\"
  • George Brunet, George Stuart Brunet (1956-71): \"Lefty\"
  • Orlando Cabrera, Orlando Luis Cabrera (1997- ): \"The O.C.\"
  • Jose Cardenal, Jose Rosario Domec Cardenal (1963-80): \"Junior\"
  • Rod Carew, Rodney Cline Carew (1967-85): \"Sir Rodney\"
  • Chili Davis, Charles Theodore Davis (1981-99): \"Chili\" or \"Chili Bowl\"
  • Gary DiSarcina, Gary Thomas DiSarcina (1989-2000): \"DiSar\"
  • Brian Downing, Brian Jay Downing (1973-92): \"Incredible Hulk\"
  • David Eckstein(2001- ): \"X Factor\"
  • Jim Edmonds, James Patrick Edmonds (1993- ): \"Jimmy\" or \"Jimbo\" , \"Hollywood\"
  • Chone Figgins, Desmond DeChone Figgins (2002- ): \"Chone,\" \"Figgy,\" or \"Cah-Honie\"
  • Chuck Finley, Charles Edward Finley (1986-2002): \"Chuck Dorsal Finley\" (bestowed by Chris Berman)
  • Jim Fregosi, James Louis Fregosi (player & manager, 1961-2000): \"Jim Bela Fregosi\" (bestowed by Chris Berman)
  • Bobby Grich, Robert Anthony Grich (1970-86): \"Bird\" or \"Bobby Seven Year Grich\" (bestowed by Chris Berman)
  • Vladimir Guerrero, Vladimir Alvino Guerrero (1996- ): \"Super Vlad\" or \"Vlad the Impaler\" \"Big Daddy Vladdy\"
  • Reggie Jackson, Reginald Martinez Jackson (1967-87): \"Mr. October\"
  • Wally Joyner, Wallace Keith Joyner (1986-2001): \"Wally World\"
  • John Lackey, John Derran Lackey (2002- ): \"Bender\"]
  • Andy Messersmith, John Alexander Messersmith (1968-79): \"Bluto\"
  • Lance Parrish, Lance Michael Parrish (1977-95): \"Big Wheel\"
  • Albie Pearson, Albert Gregory Pearson (1958-66): \"Albie\"
  • Troy Percival, Troy Eugene Percival (1995- ): \"Percy\"
  • Luis Polonia, Luis Andrew (Almonte) Polonia (1987-2000): \"Catch 22\" or \"'Lapa\"
  • Mickey Rivers, John Milton Rivers (1970-84): \"Mick the Quick\" \"Gozzlehead\" or \"Mickey Mouth\"
  • Buck Rodgers, Robert Leroy Rodgers (1961-69): \"Buck\"
  • Francisco Rodriguez, Francisco Jose Rodriguez (2002- ): \"K-Rod\" or \"Frankie\"
  • Nolan Ryan, Lynn Nolan Ryan Jr. (1966-93): \"The Ryan Express\"
  • Tim Salmon, Timothy James Salmon (1992-2006): \"Mr. Angel,\" \"Kingfish\" or \"Tim Sock-Eyed Salmon\" (bestowed by Chris Berman)
  • Frank Tanana, Frank Daryl Tanana (1973-93): \"Frank Tanana Daiquiri\" (bestowed by Chris Berman)
  • Lee Thomas, James Leroy Thomas (1961-68): \"Mad Dog\"
  • Mo Vaughn, Maurice Samuel Vaughn (1991- ): \"Hit Dog\"
  • Leon Wagner, Leon Lamar Wagner (1958-69): \"Daddy Wags\"
  • Devon White, Devon Markes White (1985-2001): \"Devo\"
  • Clyde Wright (1966-75): \"Skeeter\"

Los Angeles Dodgers Players Nicknames

Fernando Valenzuela (El Toro [The Bull] or Fernandomania)

Milwaukee Brewers Players Nicknames

Minnesota Twins

New York Mets Players Nicknames

New York Yankees Nicknames

Oakland Athletics Players Nicknames

Philadelphia Phillies Players Nicknames

Pittsburgh Pirates Players Nicknames

Barry Bonds - Bonerboy

Saint Louis Cardinals Players Nicknames

San Diego Padres Players Nicknames

  • Andy Benes, Andrew Charles Benes (1989-2002): \"Rainman\"
  • Ken Caminiti, Kenneth Gene Caminiti (1987-2001): \"The Gun\"
  • Jack Clark, Jack Anthony Clark (1975-92): \"Jack the Ripper\"
  • Rollie Fingers, Roland Glen Fingers (1968-85): \"Rollie\"
  • Steve Finley, Steven Allen Finley (1989- ): \"Steve Huckleberry Finley\" (bestowed by Chris Berman)
  • Steve Garvey, Steven Patrick Garvey (1969-87): \"Mr. Clean\" or \"Senator\"
  • Cito Gaston, Clarence Edwin Gaston (1967-78): \"Cito\" or \"Tux Cito Gason\" (bestowed by Chris Berman)
  • Brian Giles, Brian Stephen Giles (1995- ): \"B.G.\" or \"Gilly\"
  • Rich Gossage, Richard Michael Gossage (1972-94): \"Goose\"
  • Johnny Grubb, John Maywood Grubb Jr. (1972-87): \"Johnny Pass the Grubb\" (bestowed by Chris Berman)
  • Doug Gwosdz, Doug Wayne Gwosdz (1981-84): \"Eyechart\"
  • Tony Gwynn, Anthony Keith Gwynn (1982-2001): \"Captain Video\" \"Big T\"
  • Trevor Hoffman, Trevor William Hoffman (1993- ): \"Hoffy\"
  • Terry Kennedy, Terrance Edward Kennedy (1978-91): \"Orville Moody\"
  • Ryan Klesko, Ryan Anthony Klesko (1992- ): \"Rhino\"
  • John Kruk, John Martin Kruk (1986-95): \"Krukker\" or \"One Nut Kruk\"
  • Craig Lefferts, Craig Lindsay Lefferts (1983-94): \"Craig Def Lefferts\" (bestowed by Chris Berman)
  • Fred McGriff, Frederick Stanley McGriff (1986- ): \"Crime Dog\"
  • Kevin McReynolds, Walter Kevin McReynolds (1983-94): \"Big Mac\"
  • Bip Roberts, Leon Joseph Roberts (1986-98): \"Bip\"
  • Gary Sheffield, Gary Antonian Sheffield (1988- ): \"Sheff\" or \"Sheffield of Dreams\" or \"Home Plate Face\"
  • Ozzie Smith, Osborne Earl Smith (1978-96): \"Wizard of Oz\"
  • Garry Templeton, Garry Lewis Templeton (1976-91): \"Jump Steady\"
  • Dave Winfield, David Mark Winfield (1973-95): \"The Wave\" or \"Winnie\"

San Francisco Giants Players Nicknames

  • Jesús Alou, Jesus Maria Rojas Alou (1963-79): \"Jay\"
  • Rod Beck, Rodney Roy Beck (1991-2004): \"Shooter\"
  • Todd Benzinger, Todd Eric Benzinger (1987-95): \"Mercedes\"
  • Orlando Cepeda, Orlando Manuel (Penne) Cepeda (1958-74): “Baby Bull” or “Cha Cha
  • Jack Clark, Jack Anthony Clark (1975-92): \"Jack the Ripper\"
  • Will Clark, William Nuschler Clark Jr. (1986-2000): \"the Thrill\"
  • Chili Davis, Charles Theodore Davis (1981-99): \"Chili\"
  • Darrell Evans, Darrell Wayne Evans (1969-89): \"Doody\" or \"Howdy Doody\"
  • Tito Fuentes, Rigoberto (Peat) Fuentes (1965-78): \"Tito\"
  • Dave Henderson, David Lee Henderson (1981-94): \"Hendu\"
  • Dave Kingman, David Arthur Kingman (1971-86): \"Kong or Sky King\"
  • Jeffrey Leonard (1977-90): \"Hackman\"
  • Candy Maldonado, Candido (Guadarrama) Maldonado (1981-95): \"Candy\"
  • Juan Marichal, Juan Antonio (Sanchez) Marichal (1960-75): “Manito” “Dominican Dandy,” or “Mar
  • Gary Matthews, Gary Nathaniel Matthews Sr. (1972-87): \"Sarge\"
  • Willie Mays, Willie Howard Mays Jr. (1951-73): “Say Hey
  • Willie McCovey, Willie Lee McCovey (1959-80): “Stretch,” “Mac,” or “Big Mac
  • Greg Minton, Gregory Brian Minton (1975-90): \"Moonie\" or \"Moon-man\"
  • John Montefusco, John Joseph Montefusco Jr. (1974-86): \"The Count\"
  • Rick Reuschel, Rickey Eugene Reuschel (1972-91): \"Big Daddy\"
  • Dave Righetti, David Allan Righetti (1979-95): \"Rags\"
  • Kirk Rueter, Kirk Wesley Rueter (1993-2005): \"Woody\"
  • Hank Sauer, Henry John Sauer (1941-59): \"The Honker\"
  • Dick Schofield, John Richard Schofield (1953-66): \"Ducky\"
  • Daryl Spencer, Daryl Dean Spencer (1952-1963): \"Dee or Big Dee\"
  • Matt Williams, Matthew Derrick Williams (1987-2003): \"Carson Crusher\"

Seattle Mariners

  • Jay Buhner, Jay Campbell Buhner (1987-2001): \"Bone\"
  • Alvin Davis, Alvin Glenn Davis (1984-92): \"Mr. Mariner\"
  • Freddy Garcia, Freddy Antonio Garcia: \"The Chief\"
  • Ken Griffey, George Kenneth Griffey Jr. (1989- ): \"Junior\" or \"Kid\"
  • Dave Henderson, David Lee Henderson (1981-94): \"Hendu\"
  • Randy Johnson, Randall David Johnson (1988- ): \"Big Unit\"
  • Edgar Martínez, Edgar Martínez (1987-2004): \"Gar,\" \"Papi\" or \"El Papa\"
  • John Olerud, John Garrett Olerud (1989-2005): \"Big Rude\"
  • Gaylord Perry, Gaylord Jackson Perry (1962-83): \"The Ancient Mariner\"
  • Alex Rodriguez, Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez (1994- ): \"A-Rod\"
  • Ichiro Suzuki (2001- ): \"Ichi\" or \"ichiRod\"
  • Dan Wilson, Daniel Allen Wilson (1992-2005): \"Willie\" or \"Dan the Man\"
  • Lou Piniella, Louis Victor Piniella (1993-2002): \"Sweet Lou\"
  • Felix Hernandez, Félix Abraham Hernández (2005- ): \"King Felix\"

Tampa Bay Rays Player Nicknames

Texas Rangers Players Nicknames

Toronto Blue Jays Players Nicknames

Washington Nationals Players Nicknames

Special Categories of Player Nicknames

Color Nicknames

\" El Enano (The Dwarf): Rafael Furcal

Physical Characteristic and Body Part Nicknames

Personality Nicknames

Food & Beverage Nicknames

Animal Nicknames

Ethnic Nicknames

\" El Enano (The Dwarf): Rafael Furcal

Feminine Nicknames

Titles and Ranks

Mechanical or Industry Nicknames

Baseball Team Nicknames

See also: History of baseball team nicknames

Arizona Diamondbacks

  • The D-backs - Short version of \"Diamondbacks\"
  • The Snakes - Reference to diamondbacks, which are snakes.

Atlanta Braves

  • The Bravos - Variation of \"Braves\"
  • America's Team

Baltimore Orioles

  • The O's - Short version of \"Orioles\". Fans usually loudly shout the \"Oh\" at the beginning of the seventh line of the National Anthem in unison.
  • The Birds - Reference to orioles, which are birds.

Boston Red Sox

  • The Sox - Short vesion of \"Red Sox\".
  • The Sawx - In imitation of the Boston accent.
  • The BoSox - Combination of \"Boston\" and \"Sox\". Coined by media to distinguish from the Chicago White Sox, or \"ChiSox\".
  • The Crimson Hose - A variation of \"Red Sox\".
  • The Olde Towne Team
  • The Red Sux - Used by detractors, mainly Yankee fans
  • The Joke Sox - As with \"The Red Sux\" above.
  • The Carmines - A type of red pigment, the nickname is used often by former Red Sox player and current White Sox broadcaster Ken Harrelson.

Chicago Cubs

  • The Cubbies - Familiar version of \"Cubs\".
  • The Loveable Losers - Reference to team's decades of failure to win the pennant.
  • The Northsiders - To differentiate from the South Side residing White Sox. (Also used: The Northside Nine)
  • The Scrubs or Scrubbies - Used by detractors, mainly White Sox and Cardinals Fans
  • The Flubs - same reason as scrubs
  • The Baby Bears - A variation of Cubs
  • The Boys of Zimmer - Refers to the NL East division-winning 1989 team managed by Don Zimmer.

Chicago White Sox

  • The Sox - Short version of White Sox
  • The ChiSox - Combination of "Chicago" and "Sox". Coined by media to distinguish from the Boston Red Sox, or "BoSox".
  • The Southsiders - To differentiate from the North Side residing Cubs.
  • The Pale Hose - Variation of "White Sox".
  • The Hitless Wonders - Refers to the 1906 team that won the AL pennant and World Series despite a .230 team batting average.
  • The Black Sox - Reference to the infamous 1919 team, which fixed the World Series and is popularly known as the "Black Sox".
  • The Go-Go Sox - Refers to the 1959 AL championship team.
  • The South Side Hitmen - Refers to the high-slugging 1977 team.
  • The White Sux - Used by detractors, mainly Cub fans.

Cincinnati Reds

  • The Redlegs - Temporary team name to differentiate from Communists during the Red Scare, who were also referred to as "Reds".
  • The Big Red Machine - Reference to the 1970s teams that won six divisional titles and four pennants.

Cleveland Indians

  • The Tribe - Tribes are social structures among American Indians.
  • Chief Wahoo's Tribe - Reference to the team's logo, an Indian called "Chief Wahoo".
  • The Wahoos - Same as above.
  • The Jndjans - used to make fun of the way the I's look like J's on their home jerseys

Colorado Rockies

  • The Rocks - Short version of "Rockies"
  • The Rox - Imitation of the names of the Red Sox and White Sox.
  • The Blake Street Bombers - Reference to the street Coors Field is on.
  • The Blake Street Bullies - Same as above.

Detroit Tigers

  • The Motor City Kitties - Reference to Detroit, the "Motor City", and tigers, which are felines.
  • The Tabbies - Playful feline variation.
  • The Tiges - Short version of "Tigers".
  • The Bengals - Reference to Bengal Tigers, a species of tiger.
  • The Bless You Boys - Reference to the World Series championship team of 1984 and teams from surrounding years.

Florida Marlins

  • The Fish - Reference to marlins, which are fish.
  • The Fins - Reference to the fins of a marlin. Also nickname of the NFL's Miami Dolphins, which share the facility with the Marlins.

Houston Astros

  • The 'Stros - Short version of "Astros".
  • The Lastros - Used by detractors.

Kansas City Royals

  • The Boys in Blue - Reference to one of the team's colors.
  • The R's - Reference to the old team logo, the most prominent feature of which was a large "R". Also the first letter of the team's name.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

  • The Halos - Reference to the halo of an angel.
  • The Wings - Reference to the wings of an angel.
  • The Seraphs - A type of angel.
  • Los Angelitos - Name in Spanish. Reference to the large hispanic population of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Dem Bums - From the Brooklyn years. Reference from the team's problems during the era getting a world championship.
  • The Boys of Summer - From the Brooklyn years. Reference to baseball being the only major sport played during the summer. The usage of the first two nicknames have faded with time; "Boys of Summer" is now often used to refer to baseball players in general.
  • The Blue Crew - Reference to one of the team's colors
  • Los Doyers - Name in Spanish. Reference to the large hispanic population of Los Angeles.
  • The Lords of Flatbush - A nickname of the Dodgers when they were in Brooklyn.

Milwaukee Brewers

  • The True Blue Brew Crew - A name consisting of a short version of "Brewers" and words that rhyme with is.
  • The Brew Crew - Short version of above.
  • The Crew - Short version of above.
  • The Beermakers - Play on official name.
  • The Brew-Hahs - An ESPN invention (as in "brouhaha").
  • Harvey's Wallbangers - Refers to the AL pennant-winning 1982 team managed by Harvey Kuenn.

Minnesota Twins

The Look-a-likes

New York Mets

  • The Amazin' Mets
  • The Amazin's - Short version of the above.
  • The Metropolitans - Reference to the 19th century New York baseball club. Source of the "Mets" name.
  • The Kings of Queens - Reference to the team's home, the New York City burough of Queens.
  • The Loveable Losers - From the 1960s. Reference to the teams mediocrity in its early years.
  • The Miracle Mets - From 1969, the year when the Mets went from losing club to world champions.
  • The Pondscums - Used by detractors, mainly by Cardinals fans in 1987.
  • The Mutts - Usually used by Yankees fans

New York Yankees

  • The Bronx Bombers - Reference to the team's home, the New York City borough of the Bronx, along with their propensity for hitting "bombs" (home runs).
  • The Bombers - Short version of above.
  • The Yanks - Short version of "Yankees".
  • The Pinstripers - Reference to the team's pinstriped uniforms.
  • The New Yorkers - Reference to New York City, and the publication "The New Yorker".
  • Murderers' Row - Reference to the championship Yankee teams of the late 1920s, and the first six hitters in the 1927 lineup in particular.
  • The Damn Yankees - Reference to the play and movie by the same name.
  • The Evil Empire - Used by detractors. Reference to Galactic Empire of Star Wars and the famous indictment of communism by Ronald Reagan. Coined as a term for the Yankees by Red Sox executive Larry Lucchino after the Yankees got rights to deal with José Contreras. The term has been embraced by many Yankees fans.
  • The Bronx Zoo - Used by detractors. Reference to the team and the Bronx's turbulent times in the late 70's, and also the name of a book written by former Yankees pitcher Sparky Lyle about the team's 1978 season. Still used sometimes to describe the organization and stadium. The term has been embraced by many Yankees fans.
  • The Stankees - Used by detractors, particularly Mets and Red Sox fans.
  • The Spank-mes - See "Stankees".
  • The Yank-mes - See "Stankees".
  • The Bankees - Reference to the team's high revenues and payroll.

Oakland Athletics

  • The A's - Short version of "Athletics". Emphasized by Charles O. Finley during his ownership of the team during the 60's and 70's.
  • The Swingin' A's - Refers to the early '70s championship teams.
  • The White Elephants - Reference to their mascot, which is a reference to a comment made, calling the team a "white elephant".
  • The Elephants - Short version of above.
  • The Gays - Reference to Bay Area culture/orientation and derogative used by detractors, mainly Giants fans.
  • Assletics - Another derogative name used by rival fans, again, mostly Giants fans.

Philadelphia Phillies

  • The Cardiac Kids - A 1950s nickname.
  • The Phils - Short version of "Phillies".
  • The Phightin' Phils
  • The Phightin's - Short version of above. (Most Phillies fans will add "Ph" instead of an "F" for most anything associated with the Phillies)
  • The Pillies - Reference to an amphetamine scandal in the early 1980s.
  • The Whiz Kids - Name for the 1950 NL Championship team. Reference to their youth.
  • The Wheeze Kids - Name for the 1983 NL Championship team. Reference to their lack of youth.
  • The Broad Street Bellies - Name for the 1993 NL Championship team. Reference to their lack of physical fitness, and the nickname of the NHL's nearby Philadelphia Flyers, the "Broad Street Bullies".
  • The Philthies - Used by detractors.
  • The Phailures - For their long history of losing, usually used by detractors.

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • The Bucs - Short version of "buccaneer", another word for a pirate.
  • The Buccos - Familiar version of the above.
  • The Buccorros- Another version of the Buccos.
  • The Battlin' Bucs - Colorful version of the above.
  • The Family - Name adopted during the 1979 World Series Championship season. Derived from the Sister Sledge song, We Are Family, which had become the team's theme song.

St. Louis Cardinals

  • The Cards - Short version of "Cardinals"
  • The Redbirds - Reference to the cardinal, which is a red bird.
  • The Birds - Reference to the cardinal, which is a bird.
  • The Gashouse Gang - Name for the 1934 World Championship team. Reference to their shabby appearance and rough tactics.
  • The Runnin' Redbirds - Name for the 1980s Cardinals. Reference to their speed and small-ball tactics.
  • El Birdos - Nickname given to the 1967 World Series Champion Cardinals team by Orlando Cepeda. Reference to the small hispanic population of St. Louis, as 'El' would suggest singularity in Spanish and 'Birdos' would suggest plurality.

San Diego Padres

  • The Pads - Short version of "Padres". Pronounced "Pods", and also spelled that way.
  • The Friars - Reference to "padre" meaning father in Spanish, as in a priest.
  • The Fathers - Reference to "padre" meaning father in Spanish.
  • The Dads - Same as above.
  • Friar Faithful - spin on Friar.

San Francisco Giants

  • The Jints (rhymes with "pints", not "mints") - Short version of "Giants"
  • The G-Men - Reference to nickname for a government agent.
  • Los Gigantes - Spanish for Giants. Used on the team's uniform on Cinco de Mayo of 2007.
  • The Orange and Black - Reference to the team's colors.
  • Orange Nation - Same as above.
  • The Gnats - Used by detractors, especially Dodgers fans.
  • The Bay Bombers - Geographic nickname, alluding to San Francisco, which is situated by the SF Bay.

Seattle Mariners

  • The M's - Reference to the first letter in "Mariners".

Tampa Bay Rays

  • The Rays - A popular shortened version of the original "Devil Rays" nickname which became the current nickname (that now suggests "rays" of Florida sunshine as well as the fish).
  • The D-Rays - A shortened version of the team's original nickname, the "Devil Rays". Some media outlets have stated that they will continue to use the now obsolete moniker.
  • The Devil Dogs

Texas Rangers

  • The Lone Stars - Reference to Texas's nickname, the "Lone Star State".
  • The Dangers - Reference to the power in the Rangers' lineup.
  • The Lamers - Used by detractors, mainly Astros fans.

Toronto Blue Jays

  • The Jays - Short version of "Blue Jays".
  • The Blue Birds - Another name due to their mascot being a Blue Jay.

Washington Nationals

  • The Nats - Short version of "Nationals".

See also


Unless other sourcing is indicated, all nicknames for individual baseball players cited in this article have been verified by inclusion in one of the following authoritative sources:

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