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MLB unveils pink baseballs for Mother's Day, changes stance on pink bat controversy

Mother's Day around Major League Baseball will be a little more pink this year after the league unveiled special baseballs produced by Rawlings that will feature pink writing and stitching. 

For the first time ever, the baseballs will be used in every ballpark on Sunday and, like the pink bats, wristbands, cleats and even special fingernails used by catchers, are designed to bring more awareness to breast cancer and breast cancer research.

That's never a bad thing.

Earlier this week, MLB also changed their controversial stance on pink bats from last season, ruling that players will now be allowed to use pink bats with logos from any MLB-approved manufacturer on Mother’s Day. Over the past two seasons, MLB required players to use only Mother’s Day bats with logos from Louisville Slugger after they reached an exclusive rights deal with Hillerich & Bradsby, the parent company of Louisville Slugger, to manufacture the special bats. 

In fact, other companies were at risk to be fined if they even shipped pink bats brandishing their logos. It was an ugly situation that was met with backlash from players who don't use Louisville Slugger, but still wanted to do their part in raising awareness for breast cancer.

That won't be an issue at all this season, though, and the day will be much pinker (and better) as a result. 

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