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Cheech asked in SportsBaseball · 8 years ago

Why does the baseball manager have to dress up like a player?

In other sports the coach really doesn't dress like a team player.

8 Answers

  • Fungo
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    8 years ago
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    Mainly because baseball rules require personnel in the dugout and on the field to either be in uniform (players, coaches and managers) or wear appropriate and distinctive clothing (trainers).

    Baseball is the only major sport where the manager and coaches are allowed on the field (base coaches during the game and managers during timeouts). Head coaches in football, basketball and hockey are restricted to where they can go during timeouts - obviously hockey coaches would need skates.

    During timeouts - team huddles in football, basketball and hockey are conducted near the teams bench or sideline - never on the field or rink. Football and basketball head coaches are only allowed on the field and court to check on an injured player.

    A baseball manager is permitted to go to the pitchers mound to confer with the pitcher and any defensive player in the game. A baseball manager may also choose to coach 3rd base, which Tommy LaSorda sometimes did while managing the Dodgers.

    Hope this answers your question.

  • Casey
    Lv 6
    8 years ago

    That's a great question and one I've heard debated many times over the years. A lot of these guys are old, out of shape, and really look bad wearing a uniform that doesn't serve any particular purpose for them other than to make them appear silly. In the old days, or in leagues other than the majors, managers sometimes hit infield practice or other specific tasks, but not at the major league level.

    I assume it has something to do with the dirt that is present on a baseball field. A suit would get dirty pretty quickly, even if the manager never leaves the dugout, so some sort of compromise should be explored. A warm up suit, track suit, or even khakis with team merchandise would be good, I think. I know the NFL stipulates that coaches have to only wear officially licensed gear when on the sideline and I think something similar would work for MLB. No one needs to see guys like Lou Pinella or any other old fat guy lumbering out to the mound in a skin tight baseball uniform.

    Source(s): I once saw Pete Rose when he was the Player/Manager for the Reds and that may have been the last time it made sense for a big league manager to wear a uniform (I don't know what he wore when he made his bets, though).
  • 8 years ago

    Actually, the manager does not have to wear the uniform. The rules do instruct that coaches must, but the manager is not explicitly included. This appears to be a leftover point from the days of Connie Mack, who was one of the last two plainclothes managers in 1950. No manager has foregone the uni since.

    However, team personnel who are on the field do need to be in uniform -- witness the first and third base coaches. It is a visual way of noting that they belong there. The manager does sometimes go onto the field, to change pitchers or check on a player's status if he took a tumble or to argue with the umpires. A manager in street clothes would not only look inappropriate, he could be instructed by the umps to remove himself from the diamond. (Team trainers don't wear a uniform, but when they enter the field it is for reasons of checking on player health, and nothing to do with in-game strategy. They are not involved in the game per se.)

    In the lesser sports, the head coach has no reason to take to the gridiron, court, or rink. Oh, maybe to scream at the refs or toss a chair -- always amusing fun -- but the playing area is for the players only. Non-playing personnel have no reason to be out there, certainly not full time like base coaches.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Major managers and coaches are different from coaches in other sports because they go onto the field during games. That is why major league baseball deems them subject to Rule 1.11 (a), which says, "All members of the team must wear a similar uniform."

    Even before Rule 1.11 (a) went on the books in 1957, all but two big league managers dressed like their players. Connie Mack, who managed the Philadelphia Athletics from 1901 to '50, and Burt Shotton, who managed the Phillies and the Brooklyn Dodgers for eight seasons in the '40s, are the only skippers ever to work in civvies, but they sent uniformed coaches onto the field to make pitching changes and harangue the umps.

    Baseball managers (and players) also receive an undisclosed sum of money for wearing their uniforms, as part of a licensing agreement with MLB Properties and individual uniform suppliers.

    Source(s): Chimpmaker: so you're saying the manager isn't a member of the team? What an @ss!
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  • Ellen
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Basball managers take an active part on the field, like coming out to remove a pitcher or to make a lineup change or argue with (and sometimes get ejected by) the umpires. The other sports do not allow a coach or manager on the field. And can you imagine someone like roly-poly Bobby Cox coming onto the fiels in a suit and tie to kick dirt at an umpire?

  • 8 years ago

    Because baseball in the best sport in the world. The manager is part of the team.

  • Troy
    Lv 6
    8 years ago

    So, you would rather have the manager stroll out to the mound with a suit on?

  • 8 years ago

    they're technically eligible to play, it wouldn't be comfortable in a suit

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