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Fashion Ump: Sensing a pattern at media day

Kevin Kaduk
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After taking a sartorial spin around Monday's media day sessions at Arrowhead Stadium, Fashion Ump can make a definitive statement: Ed Hardy is dead.

Out are the garish form-fitting tees, expensive sunglasses and designer jeans that major leaguers favored at recent All-Star gatherings. In are the patterned shirts seemingly worn by every fashionable male (and blogger!) in this country. A few quick glances at the podiums made one think we were about to see a feed store conversation between local farmers and not a high-profile athletic gathering of rich, young athletes.

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But with the Midsummer Classic stuck smack dab in the middle of America's heartland this year, the laid-back look made sense. And it was sported by no shortage of All-Stars as the above sampling of National Leaguers displays. Perhaps that's  a sign of today's casual times as only one All-Star gave a nod to Kansas City's jazzy and well-dressed past by donning a shirt and tie.

That player, and a few more Fashion Ump findings, can be found below:

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Derek Jeter, of course, was the only player to go straight dapper. The New York Yankees shortstop and American League leadoff man has never strayed far from the Michael Jordan school of always looking your best before opening yourself up to the world for questions.

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Home Run Derby captains Robinson Cano and Matt Kemp went with a more casual Miami Vice look. The pair wore a higher total of sports jackets on Monday (two) than home runs hit in the Derby (one).

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What time is it? Bryce Harper and Aroldis Chapman might be able to tell you.

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With David Ortiz missing most of Monday's availability, Tampa Bay Rays reliever Fernando Rodney stepped in to serve as the owner of the day's biggest necklace.

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A little tighter on the top and Jonathan Papelbon's Vanilla Ice tribute would have been in full effect.

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CC Sabathia displayed the day's deepest bench when it came to accessorizing with children.

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Back to the patterns, here's a sampling from the American League. Who's hungry for barbecue?

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Finally, here's Carlos Beltran combining the best of both worlds.

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