May 7, 2014, 9:24 AM EDT
Remember Major League Baseball’s idiotic decision last season to prohibit players from using pink bats on Mother’s Day unless they were manufactured by Louisville Slugger? Thankfully, that has been reversed. Ken Rosenthal reports:
Players will be allowed to use pink bats with logos from any MLB-approved manufacturer on Mother’s Day, ending a controversy that arose last season and clouded baseball’s efforts to raise awareness for breast cancer.
The decision reverses a stipulation from the past two years that required players to use only Mother’s Day bats with logos from Louisville Slugger, the baseball partner that helped create the breast-cancer initiative in 2006.
Good move. But I still smack my head every time some “exclusive rights” argument wins, even temporarily, with respect to a matter that is unconnected with regular profit-driven business. This is a charitable and awareness thing and the fact that anyone decided to get huffy over a player using another company’s pink bat apart from Louisville Slugger is the sort of thing that makes me lose faith in humanity.
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