Nicholas Castellanos says you can still call him Nick

Lynn Henning
The Detroit News
Nick Castellanos

Lakeland, Fla. – Very casually, in the manner of a note being push-pinned on a bulletin board, the Detroit Tigers announced Monday a change in a certain starting player’s moniker.

In all official ways, the Tigers said, starting third baseman would be referred to as Nicholas – not Nick – Castellanos.

When introduced as a batter, when listed on a scoresheet or in statistical columns, when included in roster or post-game references – the player’s name will be cited as Nicholas Castellanos.

“Zero story,” Castellanos said Tuesday when asked why there had been a switch to his more formal name.

“Everybody calls Miguel Cabrera ‘Miggy,’ even though he’s Miguel Cabrera.

“The majority of time he’s still Miggy.”

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Castellanos says the switch is simple and practical. On all of his official documentation – birth certificate, driver’s license, etc. – his name is Nicholas Castellanos.

Why, then, when baseball is his profession and vocation, should he not be identified similarly?

But this will not be a rigid policy, Castellanos said. There will be no offense taken if teammates and others find his crisp, single-syllable nickname preferable.

“I’ll still be Nick,” he said.

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