Joe Torre Defends MLB's Stance On Commemorative Hats
MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre said that he "doesn’t foresee MLB changing its rule on teams wearing commemorative hats during games -- like the first-responder caps" Mets 1B Pete Alonso wanted the team to wear on Sept. 11, according to Greg Joyce of the N.Y. POST. Torre: "We’re pretty stingy when it comes to allowing one team to do it, because it’s only fair to the other 29. ... I don’t see it changing." After Alonso’s idea for custom 9/11 caps was "turned down by MLB, he decided not to ask for approval on his second idea, which was having custom cleats designed for the Mets’ whole roster." Alonso and the Mets were not fined or disciplined for "violating MLB’s dress code." Torre: "We have given them, over the years, a lot more freedom with the footwear" (N.Y. POST, 9/16).
SPLITTING HAIRS? On Long Island, Laura Albanese notes the Astros this year were "allowed to wear hats commemorating the moon landing during a game against the A’s," but MLB views 9/11 "differently." The Astros’ hats were a "celebratory commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, while 9/11 is a massive national tragedy." All teams had a patch on their hats memorializing 9/11 on the 18-year anniversary this season (NEWSDAY, 9/16).