Taking a cue from the No Fun League (NFL), MLB is banning the traditional hazing of rookies dressing as women. The Associated Press broke the news late Monday night that the anti-hazing rules are part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement that was agreed to last week.
MLB vice president Paul Mifsud (whoever he is) said the new PC new rules resulted partly “in light of social media, which in our view sort of unfortunately publicized a lot of the dressing up of the players… those kind of things which in our view were insensitive and potentially offensive to a number of groups.”
Mifsud then went on to use a hypothetical situation to justify the ban.
“Although it hasn’t happened, you could sort of see how like someone might even dress up in blackface and say, ‘Oh no, we were just dressing up,'” Mifsud said.
Mifsud said “a number of players have complained about it,” although that alleged number was not revealed.
Except for the arrogant Jeff Kent with the Mets back in the day, it is hard to find proof that any player has openly complained about the hazing.
While players can no longer dress up as women, they can wear superhero outfits and other costumes that cannot be deemed offensive by any human alive.
How long before curtain calls, on-field celebrations and other fun things are banned from baseball? Yeah, let’s make baseball less interesting. Good way to attract fans.