“The days of rookie baseball players taking a flight as a Disney princess or going out to dinner dressed in a tutu appear to be over.

As part of the latest five-year collective bargaining agreement between Major League Baseball and the players’ union, a new anti-hazing and anti-bullying policy was created that will end the practice of “requiring, coercing or encouraging players from dressing up as women or wearing costumes that may be offensive to individuals based on their race, sex, nationality, age, sexual orientation, gender identify or other characteristic,” according to The Associated Press.”

What is happening to the MLB? First they ban all forms of chewing tobacco for players who have not spent one day on a major league roster. Now they’re going ahead and banning rookie initiation rituals. The MLB isn’t just changing the rules here, they’re changing the history of baseball. This game has been a staple of America for over a century, and with history comes traditions. The MLB doesn’t want to make changes to the league that will actually make the game better – machines for strikes / balls, less mound visits, eliminating the DH position – but they have no issue taking out harmless fun.

When I say harmless, let me say not all hazing is harmless. But come on, this rule is for dressing up rookies as women or in costumes. AKA Halloween is on October 31st, only, no exceptions. While there CAN be offensive costumes, this is the league that has the Cleveland Indians. How can you tell people not to dress offensively, then have a team run out with an incredibly politically incorrect name? And besides, were people really upset by seeing Noah Syndergaard dressed up in underwear?

What’s more amazing to me is that THIS is the hazing issue the MLB decided to go after. I mean come the fuck on Manfred, there’s videos of the Rangers holding down their rookies and jerking these kids off. And that’s not a saying, they literally jerked off their own rookies. One of the players found guilty of jerking off his teammate is the Ranger’s second basemen Rougned Odor’s younger brother, Rougned Odor. I don’t know what’s worse, that Odor is tying kids up, or that the Odor’s parents decided to name both their son Rougned. They probably got so many remarks after Rougned 1 was born about how unique his name was that they decided, “oh shit, lets name our second son Rougned 2. That’ll be genius.”

But in the end, I guess naming both your sons Rougned is more logical than banning dressing up rookies as Disney princesses, while not banning sexual assault and jerking kids off. So props to you, Mr. & Mrs. Odor, cause you two morons are somehow brighter than Robert Manfred.

-Slim

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