Chicago Cubs star Ben Zobrist likes to wear all-black cleats to home games — a statement he intentionally makes to commemorate the uniforms of years past.
But according to the MLB, Zobrist’s footwear choice does not comply with the league’s uniform regulations, which require that at least 51 percent of a shoe’s exterior be the color designated by the player’s team. The chosen color of Zobrist’s Cubs is blue.
“We understand that some players prefer more flexibility in the color of their shoes, but the current rules were collectively bargained with the Players Association, and we must enforce the rules as written in fairness to all players and Clubs,” a letter sent by the MLB to Zobrist reads. “In the absence of an agreement with the Players Association … you will be subject to further discipline, including assessment of a fine, if you continue to wear shoes that do not comply with the Uniform Regulations.”
Ben Zobrist (R) high-fives Kris Bryant while wearing black New Balance cleats at Wrigley Field.
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In response, Zobrist shared an image of the letter to his Instagram account, writing an open letter to the MLB explaining the reasoning behind his decision to violate these uniform regulations.
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