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    Only in baseball does the coach wear a jersey and a nunber like the players

    Just realized how ridiculous that really is, with tony larussa´s number 10 even being retired in st.louis.......that is taking it too far...........why does coaches in MLB wear player jerseys ?

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    Tradition and the fact there use to be more player/managers. I like the look of the base coaches in uniform compared to a suit and tie or team colors like NFL coaches wear. Of course I've followed the game since the latter 50's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Sweater View Post
    Tradition and the fact there use to be more player/managers. I like the look of the base coaches in uniform compared to a suit and tie or team colors like NFL coaches wear. Of course I've followed the game since the latter 50's.
    okay, but you gotta admit it don´t look good with tight pants + player jersey, and then a huge gut.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8ball View Post
    okay, but you gotta admit it don´t look good with tight pants + player jersey, and then a huge gut.......
    Surely that was not LaRussa.

    In any event, I'm with OS. I like the look, especially when they wear their pants/socks correctly.
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    Well you have everyone in the stands wearing some team element, so to do away with the uniform for the coach would have him wearing a t-shirt or something? Or would he pretend to not be so common in his support the team by wearing the same as a fan. Or would he have a special super fan outfit with general markings? A suit or casual wear would not endure him to the loyal fans, and would mark him for an easy exit if he wasn't doing so well. Bobby V might have been sent packing already if he wore a Kimono from Japan
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    I don't recall ever wanting to change anything about the game since I followed it, as far as the way it was played or what they did. Even when the DH came about in the AL I just accepted it without much thought. Guess this is the reason I don't second guess decisions or project very much.

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    As a kid....and keep in mind I'm now old...I can remember seeing pictures on the sports pages of Connie Mack and Burt Shotton in street clothes managing from the dugout....Now talk about something I thought looked ridiculous...-BH
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobH View Post
    Connie Mack and Burt Shotton in street clothes managing from the dugout....
    Back then "street clothes" meant a coat and tie, which I think would be the only other acceptable alternative to the current uniform. IMO, the current look is great despite the physical attributes of some managers. Bobby Cox actually wore spikes along with the uniform!!

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    I'm so use to it in MLB but the visual of a NFL coach in full gear or a NBA coach wearing shorts sure gives me a chuckle. Belichick would have a helmet hooked up to satellite. Big ol' 6 ft antennas and all.

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    right, NBA coaches should wear shorts and jerseys

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