Rays’ Top Ten Nicknames
Jun 3, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jake McGee (57) pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the seventh inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Jake “Clockhands” McGee
You know you have a “different” kind of delivery when people feel the need to give it a different name. Now in most cases, they’ll name it after how it looks, like a sidearm delivery, for instance. But in McGee’s case, the awkward windup got the creative juices flowing and earned him his nickname:
"McGee earned the nickname “Clockhands” in spring training before the 2005 season due to his unconventional windup. “McGee’s delivery has often been described as a set of clock hands in motion, and it very well could be his time to shut games down and become the seventh different reliever in seven seasons to lead the Tampa Bay Rays in saves.”"
I’m not sure how he feels about the nickname and whether players have shortened it to clock – or if they use it much at all – but you have to admit it’s much more intriguing than the simple and obvious “Jake”.
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