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Brett Gardner fined for wearing white spikes?


Dexter Morgan

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When Brett Gardner stepped onto the Yankee Stadium field on Sunday wearing all white New Balance spikes, he set himself up for a possible warning or fine.

According to MLB rules, uniforms have to comply with certain rules regarding color, and because Gardner was the only Yankee wearing completely white spikes, he could be disciplined.

A few years ago, umpire Joe West told CC Sabathia to remove his gray spikes at Fenway Park because they didnt conform to other shoes worn by Yankees players.

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Was not familiar with this rule, but if true I would hope the entire team would then wear all white spikes to match their teammate. Have wanted to see the Yankees in white spikes for years.

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So players have to wear the same shoes, but the league has no problem with most players covering up an entire design element (socks), while some do show them. That's the true inconsistency there.

Also, MLB doesn't even fine players who don't wear their team's official stirrups. I've seen players on teams who have striped stirrups wear stirrups with an unofficial striping pattern or no stripes at all.
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And he's correct. All players on a team should wear the same color shoes. And white cleats work for the A's. They're brash. They're a darkhorse team. Their piping-free home uniforms seem to glow whiter under the California sun than do other teams'. But the Yankees are a storied franchise with a home look which hasn't changed since the days when all players wore unbranded black/brown cleats. Different colored cleats are fine for the ASG, as they're far less egregious than the stupid caps they put them in. But the Yankees should never wear them in a game.

And while I agree it's wrong MLB doesn't have a rule mandating one type of sock/stirrup which can be worn if players pull their pants legs up, or even mandating a length at which guys are required to wear their pants, that doesn't mean there shouldn't be a rule about shoes. There should be rules about literally every single garment players wear on the field, down to the silly nylon sleeve trend which jumped over from the NBA.

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This reminds me of Brian Wilson's orange cleats from a few years ago

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They told him to stop wearing them because they had too much orange, so he took a sharpie and did this

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A year or two later, he tried to rock the BTTF Nikes, but thought better of it at the last minute

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This reminds me of Brian Wilson's orange cleats from a few years ago

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They told him to stop wearing them because they had too much orange, so he took a sharpie and did this

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A year or two later, he tried to rock the BTTF Nikes, but thought better of it at the last minute

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Take a good look, you'll never see this again.

Last night Brett Gardner wore bright white cleats, which stood out as quite different from his teammates. Gardner told George King that CC Sabathia and others had been pushing him to wear the new shoes, but Cashman said during today’s radio interview that he actually talked to Gardner about sticking to the normal uniform going forward. “You’re not going to see those white spikes again,” Cashman said. “… That doesn’t look good, so we’ve fixed that. No big deal.”

Can't grow beards, can't wear spikes they want, so lame....

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Unless you're the Oakland Athletics or the 2005/2006 Dublin Jerome High School baseball team* you shouldn't wear white cleats. The Yankees especially shouldn't wear anything other than black.

*Our whole team was outfitted in white pumas with a gold swoop. Looked awesome and continued to look awesome even after our entire team got shinsplints thanks to those shoes.

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Do any teams have home and road cleats? White looks silly on the road, but I think several teams could pull it off at home, even if it's gimmick infringement.

Cardinals used to do red at hime and navy on the road, now it's all red.

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