The best nicknames in Major League Baseball today

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 21: Wearing a jersey with his nickname "Showtime" on the back, Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim runs to the dugout after lining out against the Houston Astros in the eighth inning at Angel Stadium on April 21, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 21: Wearing a jersey with his nickname "Showtime" on the back, Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim runs to the dugout after lining out against the Houston Astros in the eighth inning at Angel Stadium on April 21, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, IL – MAY 12: Javier Baez #9 of the Chicago Cubs slides into home plate to score a run past Welington Castillo #21 of the Chicago White Sox in the second inning at Wrigley Field on May 12, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – MAY 12: Javier Baez #9 of the Chicago Cubs slides into home plate to score a run past Welington Castillo #21 of the Chicago White Sox in the second inning at Wrigley Field on May 12, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Character Nicknames

Perhaps the most common nicknames are the character names. The greatest of these is a toss up between the Man of Steal (Rickey Henderson) or The Capital Punisher (Frank Howard), but names like The Cobra (Dave Parker), The Hawk (Andre Dawson), The Iron Horse (Lou Gehrig), Wild Thing (Mitch Williams), Mild Thing (Doug Jones), or The Big Hurt (Frank Thomas) are iconic as well.

Best Character Nicknames

  • Honorable Mention:
    • The Entertainer – Cedric Mullins
    • The Professor – Kyle Hendricks
    • Dr. Smooth – Michael Brantley
    • El Ciclon – Raisel Iglesias
    • The Raptor – Brent Suter
    • The Pebble – Kolten Wong
    • Polar bear – Pete Alonso
    • El Ministro de Defense – Manny Machado
    • Childish Bambino – Juan Soto
  • Runner-up:
    • Bringer of Rain – Josh Donaldson
  • Winner:
    • El Mago – Javy Baez