David Price’s glove made the news this off-season when it was revealed that he had the phrase “Live Like Nate” stitched into the leather. This was the same glove Price was wearing when he closed out game 7 against the Red Sox in the ALCS (Price used a black glove in spring training last year).
The other night, we were watching the Grapefruit League game between the Rays and the Pirates in which Price made his second spring appearance. The Pirates TV crew brought up a point that we had not considered previously. Price’s glove may be illegal.
We don’t have the exact quote from the broadcast, but the topic of concern was the color of Price’s glove. In short, the announcers seemed sure that at some point an opposing manager is going to ask the home plate umpire to rule whether Price’s glove is too similar in color to the baseball.
Specifically, the announcers were referring to rule 1.15(a)
The pitcher’s glove may not, exclusive of piping, be white, gray, nor, in the judgment of an umpire, distracting in any manner.
Well. The glove is neither white nor gray. It appears to be a very light tan (here is a closer view). But the rule leaves enough to the umpire’s interpretation. And a ruling could depend on the umpire that is asked.
We have to think that the color of the glove is light enough that King David might be risking an unnecessary in-game distraction and he might want to keep a darker model laying around just in case.
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