matmat wrote:i would see absolutely nothing wrong if every MLB were allowed to wear a small patch showing their country of origin on the uniform.
This would open a gigantic can of worms, and a potentially ugly one. Must each player only be allowed to exhibit his land of origin? Or can it be for his favorite country? If all of the players on a team, except for one, decide to put the American flag on their sleeve, what happens to the one who doesn't? Surely you're not suggesting that everyone be forced to do this...and if you're not then the one who opts to not wear his flag will certainly be ostracized by fans and perhaps teammates as well.
Here's another example. Players A and B were both born in America, but are of Mexican heritage. Player A puts the American flag on his cap, but Player B decides he would prefer the Mexican flag. Would he be forced to wear the American flag as that's where he was born? And if that's the case, then pity the poor fool who happened to have been born in a country that is presently at odds with America politically.
It's a good rule the way it is. Baseball isn't about where you're from, who you support politically, what color you are, what religion you ascribe to if any, or anything else other than how well you can pitch, hit or field the ball. It took baseball till 1947 to realize that it should ONLY be about the game, and not about anything else.
They almost screwed it up this year with the Spiderman bases, but the reaction from the whopping majority of fans and players alike was identical. Advertise or support anything you want anywhere in the stadium EXCEPT on the field. The only thing that should take place on those diamonds is baseball.