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By MLB Order, Rays Manager Joe Maddon Forced To Suppress Belichickian Tendencies

Via executive order handed down from the upper echelons of the power-mad MLB Fashion Gestapo, Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon is now forbidden from wearing his trademark blue hooded sweatshirt during games. Major League Baseball re-issued a memo last Friday decreeing that managers and players can only wear clothing officially approved by the league.

Although Maddon says he will follow the letter of the law, he insists that he has made significant upgrades in the quality of hooded sweatshirts he has chosen to wear over the years.

“There was a time where they first did it, it was more of — the quality was less. The quality has been raised, it’s more of a shiny kind of material now that I know presents well. I’ve seen them on TV, it presents really well. I have no idea why this is happening. For me, it’s just a comfortable thing. I’ve always worn hoodies,” he said.

Of course, the MLB can do whatever it chooses when it comes to matters such as these, but it seems to be a bit of an overreaching policy. When a league’s rules regarding appropriate attire surpasses even the facist-like policies of the National Football League, it is a pretty strong indication that they might be a bit too restrictive. Maybe if Maddon had cut off the sleeves in the hobosian style favored by Bill Belichick, whose fashion choices could kindly be referred to as “homeless casual,” perhaps the MLB wouldn’t have made a fuss. At the same time, no one from the secret style police said one word about the message Joe Maddon was conveying when he went goth last season.

In all likelihood, given Maddon’s willingness to accept it and not make a stink , this minor fashion controversy will quickly fade away. But I will tell you this, if Maddon chose to fight, this would have been the biggest hood brouhaha the MLB has seen since they had to tell Marge Schott to stop wearing her Ku Klux Klan outfits to Reds games.

Nah, I’m just kidding. Schott wouldn’t have been caught dead in a KKK hood. She was all about the Nazi chic.

Rays manager Maddon banned from wearing hoodie [AP]
(previously at the Sportress: Before You Know It, They Will Be Pumping In Bauhaus Tunes At Tropicana Field)