(@maxbatbaseball)They say good things, bad things and all things tend to come in threes. That has proven to be true for Major League Baseball this week, and unfortunately for Bud Selig and company they’re talking all three right on the chin.
Of course I’m referring to the botched replay review in Cleveland on Wednesday night that put umpire Angel Hernandez under the microscope, the misapplication of Rule 3.05(b) on Thursday night that resulted in a two-game suspension for umpire Fieldin Culbreth, and now comes MLB’s decision to enforce their banning of labeled pink bats not manufactured by Louisville Slugger during this year's Mother's Day games.
Yahoo! Sports Jeff Passan covered the controversial bat story in-depth in a piece written on Friday night. In it, he clarifies MLB’s reason for enforcing the ban. It turns out they reached an exclusive rights deal with Hillerich & Bradsby, the parent company of Louisville Slugger, to manufacture pink bats designed to bring awareness to breast cancer in exchange for “a sizable donation" to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The agreement guarantees the famous bat company’s image will always stand out from the others during MLB's Mother’s Day game, so it was certainly a worthwhile investment for them.Read More »from Enforced ban of pink-labeled bats not manufactured by Louisville Slugger caps ugly week for MLB