- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Future Major League Baseball players who agree to dress up as characters from the 1992 comedy classic “A League of Their Own” will run afoul of new regulations.

An Anti-Hazing and Anti-Bullying Policy for professional baseball players beginning in 2017 will prohibit anyone from ”dressing up as women or wearing costumes that may be offensive to individuals based on their race, sex, nationality, age, sexual orientation, gender identify or other characteristic.”

The hazing policy, which was agreed to by owners and the players’ union, was confirmed Tuesday.

MLB Vice President Paul Mifsud spoke to The Associated Press in an exclusive interview on the deal.

”In light of social media, which in our view sort of unfortunately publicized a lot of the dressing up of the players … those kind of things which in our view were insensitive and potentially offensive to a number of groups,” Mr. Mifsud said. “There’s lots of pictures of baseball players dressed up as Disney princesses.”

Union general counsel Dave Prouty added that “times have changed.”

Although players are still allowed to dress up as superheroes and other innocuous characters, there was still vocal opposition to the new rules.

”Seriously?!” former Red Sox star Kevin Youkilis wrote on Twitter, AP reported. ”Had to wear a Hooters outfit going through customs in Toronto and wore it proudly (because) I was in the Show.”

“Honored to be one of the last players ever to be dressed up as a woman,” added Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling.


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