Major League Baseball Bans Rookie Hazing Tradtion
Major League Baseballs’ new anti-hazing/anti-bullying policy has officially banned the age old tradition where veterans make MLB rookies dress up as women as hazing. This policy which was just drafted into the new MLB collective bargaining agreement states: “dressing up as women or wearing costumes that may be offensive to individuals based on their race, sex, nationality, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or other characteristic.”
The policy comes after recent years when hazing of this sort has been rampant in Major League Baseball with many teams participating in some sort of “cross-dressing required hazing” including notable teams such as the Mets, Yankees, Cubs and many others. This comes at a time when LGBT rights are at all time high and the awareness is even higher. MLB declined to comment on whether the move was due to outside pressures from LGBT organizations rather than player complaints but that is all but guaranteed at this point.