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MLB institutes media dress code

Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:06 am
Edited on: December 7, 2011 12:03 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Looks like I need to go shopping…

No more can I wear my muscle shirts and micro skirt, because Major League Baseball has instituted a media dress code. I blame David Stern.

OK, it's less a dress code and more of a "guideline" according to MLB, which announced the new regulations on media covering games.

In all, it's not a really big deal, just an easy joke to make at the expense of baseball writers, because everyone already hates them -- and we don't dress that well (and aren't paid well enough to dress too much better ... hint, hint.)

Anyway, among the banned items are the aforementioned muscle shirts, dresses or shorts cut more than 3-4 inches above the knee, see-through clothing, tank tops (a favorite of Scott Miller), one-shouldered (a Danny Knobler special) or strapess shirts or clothing exposing bare midriffs. Also verboten is anything with a team logo.

The oddest, to me, though, is the ban on flip-flops, which is said to be a health concern in the clubhouse. I'm doubting players in those same clubhouses will have to follow suit, even though they often wear flip-flops in there. That said, it's not going to hurt me, I don't like to show my ugly feet in public anyway. As a side note, the only press member I've ever seen wear flip-flops in the regular season is a Spink Award winner, so that's kind of something. Flip-flops, or at least sandals, are commonly worn during spring training because it's less formal than the regular season and it's in either Florida or Arizona and can get hot.

The guideline calls for "an appropriate and professional manner" with clothing proper for a "business casual environment" in dugouts, clubhouses, press boxes and on the field. In all, you'll still see media members in khakis and polo shirts, or button-ups and jeans, as always. There will always be some foof wearing something a little off or with mustard on his shirt (another great cliche that has forced me to keep one of those Tide stain pens in my work bag out of fear of being a walking cliche), and we'll see what happens then. The guidelines are nice, but it'll be interesting to see who enforces it -- the media relations department or the BBWAA members in attendance? 

It's the first such guideline in professional sports, and we'll see if it forces any other changes, but I'm guessing this is the last we'll actually hear of it and sportswriters will continue to look like slobs -- just with their midriff covered. I just wish they'd institute a rule requiring a fedora with a "PRESS" card stuck in the band, that'd be sweet.

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Since: Mar 3, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:18 am

MLB institutes media dress code

I rather the uniform be baggy, than so tight you can see the outline of the players ball bag while they are up to bat like in the 80s.  I dont mind pitchers having a baggy shirt, so thier arm isnt restricted in any way.  If you have beef with his hat tilted to the side, you def have a point there.

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:43 am

MLB institutes media dress code

"CC Sabathia absolutely looks sloppy in his uniform."  I agree. Did you ever notice how impeccable Mickey Mantle wore his uni?

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:34 pm

MLB institutes media dress code

I agree with that. Players wearing the same hats and helmets all season is also disgusting. I could almost live with the sweat stained hats, but the pine tar covered helmets have got to go.

Since: May 25, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:22 pm

MLB institutes media dress code

They're going to easy on them. Make all baseball writers dress like Ken Rosenthal!

Since: Apr 8, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:06 pm

MLB institutes media dress code

Sorry guys...looks like your attempt to clone the Mr. Van Driessen look (ala Beavis and Butthead) will not take. TOOOO BAD. Now if they can mandate your product actually resembling something with a little perception and understanding of the game.

Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:01 pm

MLB institutes media dress code

How about a dress code for the players.  CC Sabathia absolutely looks sloppy in his uniform.  I thought he was wearing pajamas the first time I saw him. 

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:08 pm

MLB institutes media dress code

I blame David Stern
How about blame your inept, unprofessional colleauges?

Actually, how about don't blame anyone because its a great idea.  Take your job seriously.  Alot of people out there think most media types are clowns...why not improve your image a bit. 

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:50 am

MLB institutes media dress code

Those in the know will confirm that it is mostly the baseball reporters pushing the envelope in this area.

I'm a big believer in personal expression, but I agree there has to be some minimum standard of reasonable professionalism.

Jeans and polos are fine, but tanktops, ripped shorts and flipflops just don't quite make it.

...Unless it's Casual Friday.

Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:24 pm

MLB institutes media dress code

With Ray Ratto reporting on the Giants, this was something MLB just had to do. 

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:02 pm

MLB institutes media dress code

I enjoy watching the nude media members all day too! This is just a joke but there's nothing else to report about these days!

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