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It's antiquated and other than "that's just the way it's been", there's absolutely no justification for it.

 

Why the hell should a 60-year-old man put on baseball pants and stirrups just to trot out to the mound two or three times a game?  Why does he need a uniform number?  It looks like they're just playing dress up.  Seriously - is there really a need for Tommy and Charlie to have stretchy-performance gear on for them to do their jobs?  Why should they be forced to wear the least flattering outfit possible?  Let them have some personality.  There's a thousand ways to look "professional" and "sporty" at the same time (note that I don't consider any of the pullover examples above to be very "professional".)

 

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I never paid any attention to what managers wore tbh but now that's I've seen the myriad of styles, I gotta say having the coach in full uniform looks pretty ridiculous. My vote is the Chris Woodword look. 

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Yeah, these outfits are so much more professional.  :P  

 

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And so much more flattering for the older man!

 

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1 hour ago, Gothamite said:

Yeah, these outfits are so much more professional.  :P  



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And so much more flattering for the older man!



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For whatever its worth, I kinda feel like head coaches, and probably just coaches in general, really should be polo shirt or bust. Non-polos are ok with jackets but I've seen head coaches dressed like this before and that just doesn't look the part whatsoever. Collars create dignity.

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17 hours ago, Kramerica Industries said:

 

For whatever its worth, I kinda feel like head coaches, and probably just coaches in general, really should be polo shirt or bust. Non-polos are ok with jackets but I've seen head coaches dressed like this before and that just doesn't look the part whatsoever. Collars create dignity.

 

T-shirts tucked into pants/shorts that have beltloops (and thus, a belt, no exceptions) is pretty awful...very few can pull it off...

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i think that soccer has the best idea for what managers should wear, a clean button down or track suit. obviously, the button down could really only work with football and not baseball, but mlb managers could wear team polos instead. looks clean while still repping the team

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I think the solution is to go with a golf look.  Golfers can look professional while wearing 'performance' fabrics that would be appropriate for the summer baseball months, and the outfit is easily adapted to colder fall months too.  

 

The golf outfits would allow for more flexibility for old fat guys to look professional and sporty at the same time, and they could even be designed in a way to sorta mimic the team uniform - for example, the light blue one below could have a little maroon P monogram on the chest, and be worn when the team is wearing their throwbacks.  They'd sell a billion of them.

 

This allows them to market the "manager's line' of shirts, and they could even design caps, like maybe a Kangol-style one that the skipper wears when he comes out of the dougout to make a change. $$$

 

 

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Are proper dugout jackets even a thing anymore? Because that's honestly what I prefer managers in. They can still look like part of the team while not looking like they're ready to suit up and play.

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I like the baseball managers wearing regular uniform. The cage jacket/ long sleeve untucked shirt looks like crap. Our high school coaches do it more and more. Looks sloppy. 

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I think they could solve all of this by just having managers play a few innings here or there. Picture Joe Maddon heading out to the mound to toss a few over the plate with the bases loaded in the 7th, or Clint Hurdle trying to make a diving catch in center, or Bruce Bochy putting on the catchers gear and getting down into the squat to spell Buster Posey for a few innings. 

 

See? Simple!

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In fairness to Belichick he thinks coaches should wear suits on the sideline but the NFL's contract with Nike stipulates that all sideline apparel has to be Nike brand. He intentionally dresses like a schlub in protest.

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9 minutes ago, Bucfan56 said:

 or Bruce Bochy putting on the catchers gear and getting down into the squat to spell Buster Posey for a few innings. 

 

See? Simple!

 

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Bochy would need a cybernetic lower half to even attempt the squat. Sadly, Buster isn’t far behind him.

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Along the lines of what @BringBackTheVet suggests I was thinking that college football coaches have a look that translates well: dri fit polo tucked into dri fit slacks.  It’s basically the same thing.  When you look to college football though you can see how it gets applied to old fat guys.  It still works in all types of weather. Just got to keep the shirt tucked in and make them wear the hat.  I guess it also puts them in similar clothes as what the umpires wear...another group of old fat guys (in part). The one drawback though is that baseball managers take strange posture.  Putting one foot up, leaning against railings etc.  not sure how comfortable it would be plus it changes the way the slacks look 

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1 hour ago, seasaltvanilla said:

In fairness to Belichick he thinks coaches should wear suits on the sideline but the NFL's contract with Nike stipulates that all sideline apparel has to be Nike brand. He intentionally dresses like a schlub in protest.

 

I was never aware of this. I really wish this wasn't the case. It's a shame that coaches can't look well-dressed if they want.

 

I don't really mind what managers/coaches wear. In baseball I like seeing the uniform, but it doesn't bother me if they are out of it.

 

What I like best is a coach that wears their personality. Especially in college you have coaching legends known for what they wear.

 

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I think coaches in suits looks ridiculous.  You're not going to a board meeting - it's a damned sports game.  You're not leading a team of accountants - you're telling dumb kids which way to run.  What's next - coaches in lab coats?

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4 minutes ago, BringBackTheVet said:

I think coaches in suits looks ridiculous.  You're not going to a board meeting - it's a damned sports game.  You're not leading a team of accountants - you're telling dumb kids which way to run.  What's next - coaches in lab coats?

 

Dumb kids? 

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18 minutes ago, BringBackTheVet said:

I think coaches in suits looks ridiculous.  You're not going to a board meeting - it's a damned sports game.  You're not leading a team of accountants - you're telling dumb kids which way to run.  What's next - coaches in lab coats?

 

Not a basketball fan I take it? 😁

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7 minutes ago, -Akronite- said:

 

Not a basketball fan I take it? 😁

 

Or hockey. 

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