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.”
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.