MLB to Maddon: No more hoodie
As the result of an MLB uniform police crackdown, Rays manager Joe Maddon can no longer wear his hoodie on the bench, and he isn't happy about it. MLB issued an e-mail directive today that all uniformed personnel on the bench can wear only the official team jacket or approved pullover.
Maddon, who has a strong preference for the pullover, was good humored to a degree: "That's part of our culture here. It's almost like a security blanket for me. Managing without a hoodie on a cool night could be very disconcerting. Furthermore, I think it's wrong."
Also, he joked: "I have no idea what the rationale is. It may have something to do with pace of the game, I have no idea.''
Maddon joked that the hoodie is now "turning into a dinosaur; it's only a couple years, it's only been on the shelves for a couple years and all of a sudden it's becoming a dinosaur. It's one of the better products made over the last several years.''
Given the cold temperatures, with 41 at 5:30 and a feels-like of 34, Maddon said he was going to have to find other ways to bundle up. He did have his "Elmer Fudd" hat on, flaps down.