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I was at my baseball game the other day playing 1st base when the umpire told me to straighten my cap out. I wear it tilted just like this guy here, Abe Alvarez, because I am blind in my left eye. It helps me see better to wear it up like that because when I wear a cap straight on, I see the bill. When I wear it up, crooked, and tilted to the left I don't see the bill. I had to straighten my cap for that half inning but, I was able to wear it crooked when the umpire talked to me. I was wondering, I figure that the answer to this is no, but is there a rule where you must wear your cap straight when you are in the field for a baseball game?? Now I know you can't wear it backwards, but is it allowed to be worn crooked or do you need a special excuse like having an eye problem or being half blind.

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I don't believe so. I know that when he was with the Rockies, Shawn Chacon used to wear his tilted to, I believe, the left. I know there's others in the league, too, but I can't think of 'em off the top of my head.

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I think Coco Crisp still wears his cap tilted too, but I'm not completely sure. I know he did when he was with the Indians.

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I think the only rule on cap-wearing is that the logo and bill are dominantly visible when being viewed eye-to-eye.......

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Juan Pierre and Dontrelle Willis slant their caps

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From the MLB Rule Book:

1.11

(a) (1) All players on a team shall wear uniforms identical in color, trim and style, and all players uniforms shall include minimal six inch numbers on their backs. (2) Any part of an undershirt exposed to view shall be of a uniform solid color for all players on a team. Any player other than the pitcher may have numbers, letters, insignia attached to the sleeve of the undershirt. (3) No player whose uniform does not conform to that of his teammates shall be permitted to participate in a game. (B) A league may provide that (1) each team shall wear a distinctive uniform at all times, or (2) that each team shall have two sets of uniforms, white for home games and a different color for road games. © (1) Sleeve lengths may vary for individual players, but the sleeves of each individual player shall be approximately the same length. (2) No player shall wear ragged, frayed or slit sleeves. (d) No player shall attach to his uniform tape or other material of a different color from his uniform. (e) No part of the uniform shall include a pattern that imitates or suggests the shape of a baseball. (f) Glass buttons and polished metal shall not be used on a uniform. (g) No player shall attach anything to the heel or toe of his shoe other than the ordinary shoe plate or toe plate. Shoes with pointed spikes similar to golf or track shoes shall not be worn. (h) No part of the uniform shall include patches or designs relating to commercial advertisements. (i) A league may provide that the uniforms of its member teams include the names of its players on their backs. Any name other than the last name of the player must be approved by the League President. If adopted, all uniforms for a team must have the names of its players.

I'm too tired to read any more of the rule book tonight, but it doesn't say anything about the wearing of the cap.....

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In a case of a minor league team (you're on the Lowell Spinners site, so I'll assume), they may just want it as a control thing. In high school, around here at least, it's not allowed at all on or off the field, and may be interpreted as a gang symbol (but there's no gangs at my school). I don't know how true that is based on my circumstances, or yours, but it's most likely so that MiLB players look respectable.

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