Good Question - Why Do Baseball Managers Wear Full Uniform?

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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Viewer and sports fan Tom Warfield asks, "Why is baseball the only professional sport where the manager dresses in full uniform like the players?" Good question.

The first reason is, "back in the day" some managers in the majors also played for the team, so they had to suit up. Pete Rose did it for the Reds in the 80s. Baseball has not had another player/manager since Rose.

It's a formal rule in baseball, but it's also a tradition. Baseball is all about tradition.

There have been some managers and coaches in the past who viewed this tradition poorly. One of the greatest managers in history, Connie Mack, created a "foul" among baseball traditionalists by rejecting the uniform and opting for a business suit, tie and a fedora when he managed the Philadelphia Athletics.

This "rule", or edict, or tradition is a part of baseball and it's unique. It won't likely change anytime soon.

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