A teenage pitcher on an Alberta baseball team has been kicked off for having long hair. Hair he was growing long to donate to a cancer charity, by the way. Seems he didn’t respect the game:
Mackenzie has been coaching the team for seven years and says his decision comes down to basic respect for the game.
“To me, the hair issue is part of the uniform,” he said. “It’s like the hat. It’s like the jersey. It’s all part of the appearance and that’s important to me, to have respect for yourself and for your other team mates.”
The Pincher Creek Minor Baseball Association has put out a statement saying it has no problem with Mackenzie’s rule.
So I guess it’s not just in the majors where conservative jerkwads come up with their own self-written rules that fit with their own personal jerkwad image and then scold others for not conforming.
In other news:
(Thanks to BTF for the heads up)
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.
According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.