Baseball Loosens Rules and Opens Door to a Vibrant Weekend

Other than designated games like those on Mother’s Day (which has been awash in pink in recent years) or the Fourth of July (when a red-white-and-blue motif prevails), players have to follow a precise and lengthy uniform code. It mandates that 51 percent of cleats’ surface be in the team’s designated primary shoe color and compatible with the team’s design and color scheme and that bats have a natural finish or a dark-colored stain like brown or black.


The jerseys players wear this weekend will have nicknames on the back and patches on the sleeve on which they can write the names of family, friends and mentors.

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The array of colors expected on players’ feet and in their hands this weekend, then, may be blinding to traditionalists. Players were “interested in finding unique ways to connect with their fans by allowing them to see more of their personalities and interests,” Tony Clark, the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, said in announcing the creation of the event, which was…

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