Nine MLB players to don Tyler Skaggs tributes on Players' Weekend jerseys

Another round of tributes for Tyler Skaggs is set to hit MLB jerseys on Friday.

A group of nine MLB players with ties to the deceased Los Angeles Angels pitcher and his native Southern California will honor Skaggs with their Players Weekend jersey nicknames this weekend, according to MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince.

Additionally, every team will wear uniform patches honoring Skaggs.

Who’s joining the Tyler Skaggs tribute?

The group reportedly includes:

  • Milwaukee Brewers outfielders Ryan Braun

  • Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich

  • Brewers third baseman Mike Moustakas

  • Washington Nationals pitcher Patrick Corbin

  • Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito

  • St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty

  • Atlanta Braves pitcher Max Fried

  • Texas Rangers pitcher Jesse Chavez

  • Rangers first baseman Scott Heineman

Every player will wear “LOVE YOU TY” as the name on their jersey except for Chavez and Corbin, who will instead wear “FORTY FIVE.” Corbin had previously worn Skaggs’ No. 45 during a game with the Nationals, throwing seven innings with one earned run and seven strikeouts.

The players reportedly plan to wear the Skaggs tributes on Friday then revert to their normal Players Weekend nicknames for the rest of the series. Fried will be an exception to that, as he apparently asked to wear the tribute for a scheduled start on Saturday against the New York Mets.

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USA starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs delivers a pitch against the World team during the first inning of the All Star Futures baseball game Sunday, July 10, 2011, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Arizona Diamondbacks' Tyler Skaggs delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins during the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 05: Starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs #37 of the Arizona Diamondbacks sits in the dugout during the MLB game against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field on July 5, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Rockies 5-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 11: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim talks to Mike Butcher #23 during the game against the New York Mets at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 11, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Matt Brown/Angels Baseball LP/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 08: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim catches a baseball during the game against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 8, 2014 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Matt Brown/Angels Baseball LP/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 24: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles of Anaheim poses for a portrait while displaying the scar from a 2014 Tommy John surgery at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 24, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Matt Brown/Angels Baseball LP/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 28: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches in the second inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers on August 28, 2016 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. The Angels defeated the Tigers 5-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 13: Pitcher Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the dugout during the third inning of the game against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 13, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Matt Brown/Angels Baseball LP/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher Tyler Skaggs (45) is pulled from the game and heads for the dugout in the fifth inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners, on September 29, 2017, played at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA. (Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 25: Martin Maldonado #12 catcher of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim talks with starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs #45 in the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on June 25, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. Players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Catcher Jose Briceno #10 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim watches as manager Mike Scioscia #14 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim takes the ball from starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs #45 to take Skaggs out of the game during the fourth inning of the MLB game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 29: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches in the first inning of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 29, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 18: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim points to first base in the first inning during a MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on June 18, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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One of the ringleaders for this idea was reportedly Braun, who met a 19-year-old Skaggs after he was drafted by the Angels out of high school. Their relationship became strong enough that Braun attended Skaggs’ wedding last offseason, so Braun asked his fellow SoCal-native Brewers to join him in a tribute.

The first Skaggs jersey tribute was an all-timer

The collection of former Skaggs teammates and Southern California natives are the second coordinated group to don a tribute to Skaggs on their jerseys. The first group was the Angels themselves, and that game turned out to be one of the most emotional nights in baseball history.

With every player wearing Skaggs’ name and number on their jerseys, the Angels combined to throw a no-hitter. Because of that feat, one of those Skaggs jerseys went to the Hall of Fame, immortalizing the pitcher among the great performances of baseball.

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