Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:06 am
Edited on: December 7, 2011 12:03 pm

MLB institutes media dress code

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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