Major League Baseball to relax uniform rules for 'Players Weekend' in August

MLB to allow nicknames on back of jerseys, other additions during 'Players Weekend'

If you're at Safeco Field in August, and you happen to see gold cleats, red arm bands and nicknames on the backs of jerseys, you're eyes won't be deceiving you.

As part of the weekend, a player will be allowed to put one nickname on the back of his jersey, as long as it's not "inappropriate or offensive". Like anything having to do with individuality, this was apparently negotiated among the higher ups at Major League Baseball and the Players Union.

In addition, players will get to wear patches that honor people, clubs, organizations, or groups which helped the player develop into a major leaguer.

Passan listed spikes, batting gloves, wristbands and catcher's masks among the pieces of equipment "with minimal color restrictions", although he noted they can not interfere with the game or umpires. Milwaukee is finishing up a nine-game road trip against the Dodgers during Players Weekend.

The different colors of the equipment must also be approved to avoid conflicts among opposing teams as well as so they don't cause the umpires to make bad calls. White gloves, sleeves, and wristbands are prohibited. Will we one day see the Cubs wearing Smokey Bear-themed jerseys, or maybe the Phillies sponsored by blunts?

Can the "Mayor of Ding Dong City" fit onto the back of a baseball uniform?

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