Monday, July 20, 2015

Could Brett Gardner's white spikes get him fined?

When Brett Gardner raced back to make a nice leaping grab off the bat of Austin Jackson in the top of the third inning Sunday at Yankee Stadium, it seems the only thing everyone noticed was his shoes.

The All-Star looked pretty spiffy in his pair of all-white New Balance cleats and here they are:

But Gardner's fashion choice could lead to 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.

“Just a one-time thing, man,” Gardner said Sunday night at a Carlos Beltran charity event. “Just today. Won’t happen again. Some guys wanted me to wear them. CC [Sabathia] was pitching today, and he was excited about them. So I said, ‘Why not?’

A few years ago, umpire Joe West told CC Sabathia to remove his gray spikes at Fenway Park because they didn’t conform to other shoes worn by Yankees players.

Gardner, who wore the shoes the whole game, didn’t get a hit in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over the Mariners, but he used them to walk twice and score the tying run in the sixth.

“It was a big win today, nothing to do with the cleats, and that’s it,” said the stylin' Gardy.

And everyone thinks it's duh shoes.

1 comment:

  1. How about getting team managers to wear the same uniform the team is wearing. Too many managers like Boston, Angels & Orioles managers to name a few. All these three wear is a shell not a team jersey. I can see a jacket when it's cold but really Mike Socica always wears the same pull over. What Mike they don't have a jersey to fit you?