DALLAS — Press pass? Got it. Laptop? Yep.
Muscle shirts, short skirts and flip-flops? Nope.
For reporters covering Major League Baseball next season, beachwear and club outfits are no longer in fashion.
Baseball became the first major pro league in North America to issue dress guidelines for media members, putting them in writing this week at the winter meetings.
The no-wear list also includes visible undergarments, tank tops or anything with a team logo.
“This is not in response to any single incident,” MLB spokesman Pat Courtney said.
However, baseball was aware of the flap caused in the NFL when a Mexican TV reporter drew unwanted attention at the New York Jets’ training camp in September 2010 and it formed a committee of executives and media representatives to work on guidelines.
The panel included female and Latin reporters and there was input from team trainers, who had health concerns about flip-flops in clubhouses and bare feet possibly spreading infections. Such footwear is no longer permitted.
The skimpy attire worn by some of the TV reporters covering the Marlins in Miami drew particular scrutiny.
The media should dress “in an appropriate and professional manner” with clothing proper for a “business casual work environment” when in locker rooms, dugouts, press boxes and on the field, the new MLB guidelines say.
Banned are sheer and see-through clothing, ripped jeans, one-shouldered, strapless shirts or clothing exposing bare midriffs. Also listed are “excessively short” skirts, dresses or shorts cut more than 3-4 inches above the knee.
PIRATES SIGN BEDARD
Nate McLouth is back to finish what he started.
The veteran outfielder agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates, returning to the team he spent his most productive seasons with from 2005-09 before being traded to the Atlanta Braves.
“It was the easiest decision I’ve ever made in my life,” said McLouth who will be guaranteed $1.75 million, with another $450,000 possible in performance bonuses. “It’s a no-brainer.”
The Pirates also agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher Erik Bedard on a one-year, $4.5 million contract and signed free agent catcher Jose Morales to a minor league deal. Bedard, a former Mariner, has the chance to earn another $500,000 in performance bonuses.
ROCKIES TRADE STREET TO PADRES
The Padres quickly got a new closer by acquiring Huston Street from the NL West rival Colorado Rockies.
San Diego announced the deal at baseball’s winter meetings, where two days earlier former Padres All-Star closer Heath Bell was introduced by the Miami Marlins.
The 28-year-old Street had 29 saves in 33 chances for Colorado in 2011. He was 1-4 with a 3.86 ERA in 62 games.
Colorado gets a player to be named and cash in the deal.
Street is due $7.5 million next season, $500,000 of which the Rockies will pay.
His contract also includes a $9 million player option for 2013 that includes a $500,000 club buyout that Colorado would pay as well.
SAN DIEGO TO HOST 2014 WINTER MEETINGS
Baseball’s winter meetings are headed to San Diego for the first time since 1985.
The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues announced that the 2014 meetings will be held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront from Dec. 8-11. This will be the third winter meetings in San Diego, which hosted baseball’s swap session for the first time in 1963.
Next year’s meetings will be in Nashville, Tenn., from Dec. 3-6, and the 2013 session will be at Lake Buena Vista, Fla., from Dec. 9-12.