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MLB allows Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon to wear hoodie

A “re-interpretation” allows manager Joe Maddon, with closer Rafael Soriano, to wear a hooded sweatshirt.

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A “re-interpretation” allows manager Joe Maddon, with closer Rafael Soriano, to wear a hooded sweatshirt.

CHICAGO — Manager Joe Maddon got his hoodie back.

Four days after banning Maddon's favorite cool-weather cover-up, Major League Baseball officials "re-interpreted" the decision that it wasn't proper dugout apparel.

"Hoodie-gate is over," Maddon said Tuesday. "There was a misinterpretation originally and now it has been re-interpreted.

"I'm just happy to say on behalf of all the hoodie-wearers everywhere that MLB is back in line with that subculture that I really, truly can identify with."

As silly as it seems, the decision attracted considerable media attention since word of the ban was first reported on Friday. The discussion among MLB officials got as far as commissioner Bud Selig, and once the decision was reversed, Maddon received calls from two top-ranking MLB vice presidents, Tim Brosnan and Jimmie Lee Solomon.

Maddon joked that there were plans for a "hoodie-burning day" and that maybe he'd look into starting his own line of such sweatshirts, but he truly was pleased MLB officials came to their senses.

"It's so nice that I can wear it without any kind of concerns that it may result in some form of punishment," Maddon said.

"It's good I think for all the youth throughout the United States that are really glomming on to Major League Baseball for the first time; I'm sure the hoodie is their favorite piece of clothing as well as well as the baseball hat. I think it's a good thing."

The Friday directive limited managers and coaches to wearing only a specific licensed pullover or team jacket (which Maddon does over the hoodie when it's cold); the "re-interpretation" was that the hoodie is also approved.

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