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savafan
10-23-2011, 01:17 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/23/opinion/greene-baseball-manager-uniforms/

RedsBaron
10-23-2011, 05:34 PM
I prefer to see MLB managers wearing unforms as compared to the NFL's Bill Belichick and his hoodie. i really dislike the NFL mandate that coaches wear some of the horribly ugly NFL branded wear. No, Vince Lombardi didn't wear a uniform and helmet when he coached, but he didn't wear a hoodie either.

RedFanAlways1966
10-23-2011, 07:33 PM
And along the clothes/sports thing... when did spectators stop dressing in suits-n-ties and dresses to games (see fans in background of photo in link supplied by savafan)? Obviously that was some sort of "this is how society expects you to dress" thing back in the day. Can you imagine attending a game in this attire?

BCubb2003
10-23-2011, 08:43 PM
Now why does a manager wear wristbands?

savafan
10-23-2011, 08:53 PM
Now why does a manager wear wristbands?

Because they can't move into the present?

http://www.daytondailynews.com/o/content/shared-gen/blogs/dayton/cincinnatireds/entries/2010/06/16/when_in_doubt_change_the_wrist.html


Baker was clean-shaven and wearing a pair of black sweat bands instead of red.

“You superstitious?” he was asked.

“That’s why I have on a different pair of wrist bands,” he said. “If we win, I wear the same ones. If we lose, I change sweat bands, even the color. One time when I was on the Giants, we were playing a three-game series with the Cubs and Billy Williams noticed I kept wearing the same wrist bands but they were losing their colors because we’d won five in a row.”

And what else after the big loss? “I shaved,” he said. “Beard’s gone.”

For those who wonder why Baker wears wrist bands when he never plays, he says, “Force of habit. Always wore ‘em when I played so I’ve just kept wearing ‘em.”

Superstition?

“Probably,” he said.

Chip R
10-23-2011, 10:11 PM
And along the clothes/sports thing... when did spectators stop dressing in suits-n-ties and dresses to games (see fans in background of photo in link supplied by savafan)? Obviously that was some sort of "this is how society expects you to dress" thing back in the day. Can you imagine attending a game in this attire?

I think this stopped back in the 70s.

Unassisted
10-23-2011, 11:10 PM
Now why does a manager wear wristbands?The same reason a quarterback wears them? That's where all of the plays are written down! :D

BCubb2003
10-23-2011, 11:20 PM
I think this stopped back in the 70s.

Fewer day games with businessmen skipping work, more casual attire in the rest of society and more concern about the batter's eye (Ted Williams was always complaining about white shirts and the batter's eye).

jmcclain19
10-24-2011, 12:53 AM
I actually find it embarrassing that baseball makes 60-70 year old men trot out there wearing a uniform.

Is the guy potentially up to play in the game? Then make sure he suits up and put him on the 25 man.

Otherwise, for god sakes show the managers some respect and let him wear some sensible attire - not make it look like halloween night at the old folks home.

It's an archaic, ridiculous call back to the olden days when baseball had player managers. Let's let fat, old men don the same uniform our fittest athletes are. Then, we'll have them sit in the same row. And apparently have a laugh like a joke we are all supposed to be in on.

Baseball happy to cast away or shift key pillars of the game at a whim - instant replay, radical re-alignment, potential contraction, franchise relocation, constant shuffling of all star game/wild cards etc.

Yet treasures silly nonsense like having the pitchers bat or having managers wear a uniform.

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corkedbat
10-24-2011, 02:36 AM
I like it, but baseball is the only one of the bi three that could get away with it. Could you imagine if Red Auerbach had come out in shorts, a tank top and sock garters?

camisadelgolf
10-24-2011, 03:11 AM
I really don't know how to care. I don't understand why people care what I wear on the subway either.

RedsBaron
10-24-2011, 11:01 AM
There are several reasons why I believe managers should continue to wear uniforms, including the following:
1. Unlike in football and basketball, managers and coaches are regularly in the field of play. Not only is the manager or pitching coach a frequent visitor to the mound during most games, there are coaches in both the first base and thrid base boxes throughout the game. What are those coaches supposed to wear, a suit or perhaps Belichick's Patriots hoodie?
2. In both football and basketball there are other non-players regularly on the field, and those individuals wear uniforms even though they may not always be the "fittest athletes"--they are called officials. Just as in baseball those officials, be they referees or umpires wear a uniform, not street clothes or a Patriots hoodie (although in the "tuck rule" game a decade ago a Patriots hoodie would have been appropriate).
3. Earl Weaver in a suit and tie kicking dirt on the home plate ump would have looked even more ridiculous than Weaver already appeared).
4. I am all in favor of abandoning tradition if there clearly is a better way offered by change. For this reason I am hoping MLB makes greater use of instant replay. I can't see where having managers and coaches wear street clothes helps the sport.

RANDY IN INDY
10-24-2011, 02:22 PM
There are several reasons why I believe managers should continue to wear uniforms, including the following:
1. Unlike in football and basketball, managers and coaches are regularly in the field of play. Not only is the manager or pitching coach a frequent visitor to the mound during most games, there are coaches in both the first base and thrid base boxes throughout the game. What are those coaches supposed to wear, a suit or perhaps Belichick's Patriots hoodie?
2. In both football and basketball there are other non-players regularly on the field, and those individuals wear uniforms even though they may not always be the "fittest athletes"--they are called officials. Just as in baseball those officials, be they referees or umpires wear a uniform, not street clothes or a Patriots hoodie (although in the "tuck rule" game a decade ago a Patriots hoodie would have been appropriate).
3. Earl Weaver in a suit and tie kicking dirt on the home plate ump would have looked even more ridiculous than Weaver already appeared).
4. I am all in favor of abandoning tradition if there clearly is a better way offered by change. For this reason I am hoping MLB makes greater use of instant replay. I can't see where having managers and coaches wear street clothes helps the sport.

:beerme: What MLB would come up with for managers and coaches to wear would most likely be much more ridiculous than wearing the uniform and would make them stick out like a sore thumb. Nothing wrong with managers and coaches wearing uniforms.

BCubb2003
10-24-2011, 02:25 PM
Plaid sport coats is the way to go.

WebScorpion
10-26-2011, 05:23 AM
Yet treasures silly nonsense like having the pitchers bat or having managers wear a uniform.

I'm not really too concerned about manager's attire, but pitchers batting is not silly, it's an integral part of the game. What's next? If a pitcher doesn't need to bat, why should a defensive specialist like a SS or a Catcher? How about 9 offensive players and 9 defensive players like football? That's the natural progression and I'm sure the player's union would be all for it. :runaway:

SunDeck
10-26-2011, 07:59 AM
If they wear uniforms, the club will launder them. If they wear their own suits, they have to deal with them on their own, not to mention picking them and making sure they look good. And that is the rub- I like the fact that baseball managers just sort of blend in to the dugout, rather than looking like a made man.

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RFS62
10-26-2011, 08:13 AM
Baseball coaches are active participants in the warm up and practice before the game.

You can't wear a suit and hit fungos or throw batting practice.

camisadelgolf
10-26-2011, 08:36 AM
Than a man in a suit, it's much easier to imagine a man in a baseball uniform trying to dodge a line drive headed toward the dugout.

REDREAD
10-27-2011, 04:11 PM
I'd rather baseball not change this.

Because if it gets changed, the managers are going to wear white outfits that the TV people can superimpose ads on them when they walk to the mound or whatever.
Don't want to see "Afflac" on Dusty's back..