As of this writing, there have been a whopping 170 comments in response to yesterday’s post (and only a few of them were people double-commenting to apologize for their typos), so you might have missed No. 162, in which a pseudonymous reader reported thusly: “Bottom of the 1st in the Giants/Padres game tonight and the Giants’ announcers (Jon Miller and FP Santangelo) just spent a few minutes discussing Matt Morris’s glove. Apparently Morris usually pitches with a black glove, but tonight [i.e., last night] he is sporting a brown model. Santangelo reported that he discussed it with Morris pregame, and Morris said he is 1-1 with the brown glove and wants to get it over .500 (the black glove is 7-9).”
Colored gloves have been in the news lately, mainly because of Bobby Abreu, who retained his Phillies-colored glove — red with blue stitching — even after joining the Yankees. Naturally, the official Uni Watch position is that colored gloves are an affront, and that everyone should stick with basic brown. You wanna wear some other color? Fine, just make sure your glove is made out of plastic, or vinyl, polysomethingorother. But if you want to wear real leather, stick to the natural tones — that steer didn’t moo and graze and get herded down to the slaughterhouse just to suffer the indignity of having his skin dyed blue (or red, or whatever).
Alas, baseball’s rulebook is disappointingly lax on this point. The only restriction is set out in rule 1.15(a): “The pitcher’s glove may not be white, gray, nor, in the judgment of an umpire, distracting in any manner.” The “distracting” qualifier has generally been interpreted to mean that the pitcher’s glove must be solid-colored, not two-tone, and has occasionally resulted in pitchers having to switch gloves at the outset of a game.
At least two current pitchers like to color-coordinate their gloves. The first is our friend Pedro Martinez, who frequently wore blue witih the Dodgers (faux stirrups alert!), blue again with the Expos (the red stitching is the sort of thing that can get a glove banned under the “distracting” rule; also, note Pedro’s then-trademark slit sleeves, now banned), and red — or at least red-ish — with the Red Sox. Now that he’s with the Mets, he often wears blue.
But Pedro (who has routinely swapped in a black glove for the colored models) has nothing on Jose Mesa, whose glovely colors date back to his days with Cleveland, where he wore red at home and blue on the road. He then wore blue with the Mariners, black with the Giants, red at home with the Phillies (and blue on the road), and black with the Pirates (too bad he’s a pitcher, or he could’ve worn this). All of this, however, was just a warmup for the horror he unveiled upon joining the Rockies.
Call for Questions: After the recent debut of the Uni Watch Profiles series (the next installment of which will feature Jon Springer, the man behind the amazing Mets by the Numbers site), several readers wrote in to request that I include myself on the list of future interviewees. I like this idea, so I’ve drafted longtime Uni Watch contributor and correspondent Todd Krevanchi to pepper me with questions. In addition to coming up with his own queries for me, he’ll also ask questions on your behalf. So if there’s anything you want to know about me, or about Uni Watch (aside from the questions already addressed on our FAQ page), e-mail them directly to Todd (that way I won’t see the questions in advance), and he’ll include the best ones in our interview. Remember, there are no stupid questions, just stupid answers — and hopefully I’ll manage to avoid any of those — so feel free to ask whatever’s on your mind.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Here’s an old uniform catalog I won’t be bidding on. … Who says you can’t have eyes in the back of your head? (With thanks to Jeremy Brahm.) … For the second consecutive year, the Bengals have posted their game-by-game uniform schedule on their web site, a move that other teams would be wise to follow. Of course, the real problem is that the Bengals look like crap no matter which uni they wear.