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Rules about players’ shoe colors relaxed

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One last bit of news has rolled out of the owners meetings. It’s not major news, but it involves something more visible than how money is divided or what have you: it’s about the color of players’ shoes.

From the league’s official release:

Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) today announced that they have reached agreement regarding certain amendments to the Basic Agreement’s rules governing the appearance of footwear worn by Players on the field.  These amendments will provide Players increased flexibility with respect to the colors and design of their on-field footwear, while coordinating with the Clubs’ uniform color schemes.

Among other things, MLB and the MLBPA have agreed to eliminate the previous rule that the majority of a Player’s on-field footwear must be in his Club’s designated primary shoe color.  Instead, Players may wear shoes displaying any of the following colors, in any proportion: (i) black, white, and gray; (ii) any colors displayed on the Player’s uniform (and certain variations thereof); and (iii) any additional colors designated by the Player’s Club.

In other news, there is no agreement between the MLB and MLBPA regarding how much of the new $5 billion TV deal with Fox will go to the players, but I’m sure the ability to wear different colored shoes will make the players happy enough.

Matt Chapman to be sidelined for six weeks following shoulder surgery

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Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman has undergone his second surgery of the offseason. After feeling continued discomfort in his left shoulder, he had a distal clavicle resection on Friday, for which he’ll be sidelined at least six weeks before getting cleared to resume his preseason workout regimen.

The 25-year-old corner infielder closed out his sophomore season in the majors in 2018. He batted a terrific .278/.356/.508 with 24 home runs, an .864 OPS and 6.5 fWAR across 616 plate appearances, received his first career Gold Glove distinction and was a finalist for the American League MVP award as well. Despite recent complications, Chapman’s regular season performance wasn’t marred by injury — he sustained a right thumb contusion in June, but bounced back within three weeks and enjoyed a strong second half — and the A’s will undoubtedly look to him as one of their strongest performers in 2019.

Friday’s procedure was his second of the year, as he also underwent an ulnar sided sesamoid bone excision in his thumb back in October. Per Lee and MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa, Chapman is expected to make a complete recovery within a two-month window, after which point he’ll likely be in fine shape to contribute during spring training.