Originally written on Reading Between The Seams  |  Last updated 11/19/14

Is there anybody in the Major League Baseball commissioners office that has any public relations experience?  Anyone? Leave it to Bud Selig to taint what was otherwise a genuine and inspirational gesture, by instructing Carl Crawford that his spikes in honor of Jackie Robinson were not welcome on a day set aside for Robinson. This according to Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com The Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder said his agent received a call from the league office instructing him not to wear either the blue or white special edition Nike Jordan PEs in a game again. So what is Major League Baseball’s beef?  That they didn’t look good?  Have they seen the Astros rainbow jerseys, or the 1980′s San Diego Padres mustard specials? It can’t be that wearing non-standard uniform parts is not allowed, given the 3-5 different uniforms worn by teams these days, and the throwback styles we see every other weekend.  And it can’t be that honoring Jackie Robinson is a bad thing, MLB did a GOOD thing in setting up the annual event, complete with players, uhhh, changing their standard uniforms to wear #42. And take a player like Crawford, an African-American, who plays for the Dodgers and is proud of what his hero did to give him the access to be the player he is today. Selig’s office has been known before to frown upon gestures made my players, such as Craig Biggio wearing his Sunshine Kids pin during Spring Training. Like I said, “Paging anyone at the League Office who knows PR…anyone…pick up the white courtesy phone…” - Dave (@lhd_on_sports) Follow us on Twitter @rbts_baseball The post MLB tells Carl Crawford to ditch spikes honoring Jackie Robinson appeared first on Reading Between The Seams.

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