Originally posted on The Slanch Report  |  Last updated 12/7/11

Ever the stick-in-the-mud league, Major League Baseball has issued new guidelines for all media members who cover the games. 

Among the things that will prevent a media person from being able to enter the press box or clubhouses after games will be visible undergarments (there goes Ken Rosenthal's thong wearing days!), tank tops, flip-flops, or team logo-ed clothing. Also banned are sheer and see-through clothing, ripped jeans, one-shouldered, strapless shirts or clothing exposing bare midriffs. Also listed are "excessively short" skirts, dresses or shorts cut more than 3-4 inches above the knee; all of which means that now I get to see LESS of the physical forms of the Heidi Watney's of baseball now. Great. Thanks MLB you prudes!

"This is not in response to any single incident," MLB spokesman Pat Courtney said.


"There's no one who expects reporters to wear a suit and tie," Phyllis Merhige, an MLB senior VP said. "But with the advent of different media, there are now individuals who are not part of a bigger organization that may have a dress code."

Basically, they're saying they think bloggers are going to show up in their ratty bathrobes or something. 

This makes MLB the first (and ONLY) sports league to have a dress code for the media covering the games. It's a shame they can regulate what reporters WEAR but can't get them to understand that the RBI is an inherently flawed stat or that Tim Raines should be in the Hall of Fame...

[AP] 

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