Having worked for a number of MLB teams the past 8 years during spring training, it never came in to play much, but MLB recently instituted a dress policy for media members.
Finally, MLB put their foot down on the biggest problem in baseball. Forget the past steroid problems, or the fact that the average fans can’t attend more than a couple games a year, MLB identified the biggest problem of them all.
So no more Muscle shirts, short skirts and flip-flops. The no-wear list also includes visible undergarments, tank tops or anything with a team logo. One team gave me a team jacket a few years back, I guess I can’t wear that anymore–haha
Also banned are sheer and see-through clothing, ripped jeans, one-shouldered, strapless shirts or clothing exposing bare midriffs. Also listed are “excessively short” skirts, dresses or shorts cut more than 3-4 inches above the knee.
This is focused more TV reporters that cover the Marlins. I guess this isn’t directed at the one’s that cover the Brewers.
MLB hasn’t announced what they will do to the rule breakers. My guess here is if the reporter is extremely hot, nothing will be done. I can’t picture some PR guy taking some attractive reporter outside and saying something like, “You need to lower your skirt, or you will not have access to anyone”. Or, “Is that a National logo on your shirt? GET OUT”! It’ll be another rule that will be ignored.
I remember a few years ago a reporter from one of the Phoenix stations showed up looking like she was either headed to a bar, or a strip club. Her skirt was about crotch level, while her top left nothing to the imagination. She sauntered around the complex, and not one guy objected to her presence. She did, surprisingly, get all the interviews she needed. Thank you MLB for leveling the playing field.
I wonder what MLB will institute next? How about an eating ban for the media. Most media guys I know haven’t missed a meal—–EVER! How can baseball expect the media to cover the teams if they eat everything off the spread? Oh no, I just put that idea out there. Sorry guys, and gals.
Thank you MLB for identifying the problem, and rectifying it. Now let’s focus on all the other minor issues facing Major League Baseball.
Goodbye muscle shirts.
About the Author
Written by Bill Mahoney
O'kay I'll talk about myself a little. I've been working in the television/radio industry for over 21 years. I started at 2 so I am just a tad over 21 (That is a joke). My career has taken me around and and even out of the United States. Right now I call Vegas home, but I just never know where life will take me next. Until 2002 my irrational love for the California/Anaheim/LAA had taken me down some very dark roads, but with Arte Moreno in charge I finally saw the a light at the end of the road. I really love most every sports and having as much fun as possible.