It appears Major League Baseball isn't ready to taint the integrity of the Players' Weekend.
The league denied the Los Angles Dodgers' request to have both teams wear traditional uniforms at least once in their three-game series with the New York Yankees this weekend, sources told Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports. Both historic franchises will instead don the heavily-criticized all-black and all-white jerseys for each contest, including on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone, who grew up in Los Angeles, is lukewarm about not seeing the two iconic uniforms being worn during the heavyweight showdown.
"The one thing I would say - you know, Dodgers-Yankees, I feel like it would be cool that … this isn't necessarily the best weekend for us," he said Friday. "I think having this matchup and to have them in their uniform and us in ours. But that said, I think this is another one of those things, over the course of a long season, that is neat that MLB does."
This is the first time the two teams have faced each other since 2016, and the first time that the Bronx Bombers have visited Chavez Ravine since 2013.
Boone isn't the only manager to have voiced his opinion on the Players' Weekend uniforms. Cleveland Indians skipper Terry Francona said they make his team look "like morons," while Joe Maddon of the Chicago Cubs was also unrelenting in his criticism of the unique threads.
"Woof," he said about his team's all-white attire, according to Patrick Mooney of The Athletic. "I'd just like to know who said this was a good idea."