Baseball Hopes Players Weekend Will Bring New Spark To The Traditional Game

Players of the traditionally conservative sport will bust loose with "uniquely colored and designed" gear, including nicknames on their jerseys. The teams hope to sell a bunch of that merchandise too.
Uniforms of the New York Yankees will be among those getting a personality infusion during Major League Baseball's Players Weekend later this month. / Ron Schwane /

Bryce Harper is getting his wish.

At least for one weekend this month.

In March 2016, Harper, the Washington Nationals' superstar outfielder, said in an ESPN interview that baseball is "tired."

"It's a tired sport, because you can't express yourself," the then-23-year-old said.

This week, Major League Baseball and the players union jointly announced a new event called Players Weekend. It'll take place Aug. 25–27, and it will, according to a statement, give major leaguers a chance to "let their personalities and passions shine."

Flair, personality and merchandise

One can

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