Sport Cubs' Ben Zobrist confident he'll win shoe battle with MLB

06:10  17 may  2018
06:10  17 may  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Chicago Cubs infielder-outfielder Ben Zobrist every now and then sports one of the most old-school looks in baseball when he wears stirrup ESPN reported that MLB responded to it with a statement saying: “We have shoe regulations that were negotiated with the union in the last round of bargaining.

Major League Baseball has warned the Cubs ' Ben Zobrist against wearing black cleats. Zobrist posted a letter from the league office on Instagram saying the cleats he wore May 2 against Colorado violated the collective bargaining agreement. MLB says they must be at least 51 percent blue – the

Ben Zobrist is close to winning his battle with Major League Baseball over his cleats.

The Cubs utilityman was warned to stop wearing his all-black shoes during Chicago day games because they were non-compliant with the MLB uniform code.

a man wearing a glove: Ben Zobrist © Getty Images Ben Zobrist

Dear @mlb, I still like you but this is rediculous. For the last two years, I have worn black spikes exclusively at Wrigley Field for Day games to pay homage to the history of our great game, and now I am being told I will be fined and disciplined if I continue to wear them. When I was a kid, I was inspired by highlights of the greats such as Ernie Banks and Stan Musial in the 1950s-60s and was captured by the old uniforms and all black cleats with flaps. @newbalancebaseball made a kid’s dream come true by making some all black spikes with the special tongue as well as the “Benny the Jet” @pf_flyers cleats. I am curious as to why @mlb is spending time and money enforcing this now when they haven’t done it previously in the last year and beyond. I have heard nothing but compliments from fans that enjoy the “old school” look. Maybe there is some kid out there that will be inspired to look more into the history of the game by the “flexibility” that I prefer in the color of my shoes. Sincerely, Ben Zobrist

MLB warns Cubs' Ben Zobrist not to wear black cleats

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[Yahoo Fantasy Football leagues are open: Sign up now for free] On Saturday, Ben Zobrist of the Chicago Cubs shared a similar letter he received According to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, MLB claims Zobrist violated the rule which requires at least 51 percent “of the exterior of each player’s shoes to

Specifically, Major League Baseball is taking issue with black footwear or shoes it deems … wait for it … too colorful. That seems to be the case judging by the Instagram account of the Cubs ’ Ben Zobrist . Zobrist received a warning letter from MLB reminding him of restrictions to the color of his spikes.

A post shared by Ben Zobrist (@benzobrist18) on May 12, 2018 at 10:02am PDT

However, he told reporters this week he will continue wearing the shoes, and he expects MLB to look at the rule and change it in the near future.

He said he believes MLB will have a bit of a grace period while the rule is looked at and possibly rewritten.

“It sounds like everybody’s on the same page in regard to wanting this to happen," Zobrist told reporters Wednesday, via the Chicago Sun-Times. "But I think obviously there’s red tape and there’s structure that we have to write into place to make it possible."

If MLB were to change the rule it would take rewriting a portion of the collective bargaining agreement. If this were to happen it would be the first time the CBA had been changed before it expired.

There is no update however on if MLB will continue to allow non-compliant sleeves to be worn. Cubs catcher Willson Contreras currently wears a sleeve with the colors of the Venezuelan flag. MLB warned him not to continue to wear it because it was against uniform policies.

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