So ... why do managers wear uniforms?

September 21st, 2020

Have you ever wondered why baseball managers wear a full uniform just like the players?

You're not alone. That's why the latest episode of MLB's YouTube series "Quick Question" is all about getting to the bottom of this baseball mystery.

After all, you don't see an NBA coach like Gregg Popovich coaching in a sleeveless mesh basketball jersey. And you certainly don't see an NFL coach like Bill Belichick in a helmet and pads. Baseball is the only sport with such a tradition … just another one of MLB's fun idiosyncrasies.

So why do baseball managers wear uniforms? Tune in and find out.

Even today’s skippers don't know the reason behind their dress code. Luckily, MLB historians do.

From the early days of baseball when player-managers actually needed to be in uniform, to skippers like Connie Mack who broke tradition and managed in full suits, to what the actual rule book says about managerial dress code, to the functionality of the manager uniform, to each skipper's own sense of style, Quick Question breaks it all down.