A group of MLB players are banding together to honor former pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who died suddenly on July 1, during Major League Baseball's upcoming Players' Weekend, according to MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince.
The nine-player group - Nationals left-hander Patrick Corbin, White Sox ace Lucas Giolito, Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty, Braves pitcher Max Fried, Christian Yelich, Ryan Braun, and Mike Moustakas of the Milwaukee Brewers, and Jesse Chavez and Scott Heineman of the Texas Rangers - will all wear jerseys with nicknames that honor Skaggs.
"Players' Weekend is all about expressing yourself, whether that be with style or those types of things," Giolito said. "We just want to express our love for him. It's never going to end, despite his passing, and we are in support of his family as they continue to go through this hard time."
Yelich, Braun, Moustakas, Giolito, Flaherty, Fried, and Heineman all plan to wear jerseys with "Love You Ty" as the nickname, while Chavez and Corbin are expected to dress in uniforms that say "Forty Five" - Skaggs' number - in the nickname spot with their own numbers underneath.
Players' Weekend runs from Aug. 23-25. Most of the players are planning to wear the Skaggs tribute jerseys on Friday and use the nicknames they originally submitted to the league on Saturday and Sunday. Fried is the only exception, as he requested permission to wear his tribute jersey during his start for the Braves on Saturday.
The nine players all had close friendships with Skaggs, who was only 27 when he died in Texas.