This title may be misleading; I'm not going to tell you how to wear your uni.
However, I am going to tell you, as goofy as this may sound, it matters how you present yourself on the baseball field.
Somebody is Watching
Let's start at the beginning. If you're taking the time to read this, I'm assuming you have aspirations of advancing levels. Maybe it's from Little League to Pony, high school to college, or from the minors to the Big Leagues.
If this is true, you have to accept that every time you step between the white lines you're being evaluated by people that may be giving you your next playing opportunity.
Some of these coaches, scouts, etc will only get to see you play one or two times. And during these couple brief encounters, they're going to make judgments on not only your playing ability, but also what type of person you are (your intangibles.)
Now we both know this is impossible. It's impossible for them accurately assess what type of person you are by watching you play in one game, right? Yes, you're right, but I'm here to tell you it doesn't matter. They're gonna make that decision. Period.
And the way they're going to grade your intangibles is by how hard you run out ground balls, how you handle adversity (are you a helmet thrower?), how well you communicate, your general vibe, and yep...how you wear your uniform.
The Fashion Police
Like I said, I'm not here to tell you how to wear your uniform, and I'm certainly no Ralph Lauren. But just pay attention. If you have absolutely no clue, ask your girlfriend or your mom.
Look, there's a million different ways to wear a uniform "the right way." But use some common sense. If you're a bit on the chubby side, you may want to stay away from the skin tight-high sock low-waisted look.
If you're long of body or short of leg, do something that'll make your legs look longer. Simple stuff like that.
The fact is, your appearance is probably the first thing scouts are going to notice. Recognize this and make sure your look accurately represents the player you are, or want to be.
Till next time, have fun, play hard, and keep your eye on the ball....
Brent Mayne is a 15-year veteran of the Major Leagues. He ranks 75th in the history of baseball with 1,143 pro games caught, and his .993 career fielding percentage is 4th all-time. Brent is the author of the book "The Art of Catching"--a comprehensive guide to teaching and building defensive catching skills.