Minnesota Twins rookie Chris Colabello has had only 11 at-bats in his Major League career, so he is not yet fully familiar with how things work at the MLB level. In the big leagues, all of the games are televised. That means if you wear the wrong uniform, someone is going to notice.
Colabello was called upon to pinch hit in the 9th inning of the Twins’ win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night. He reached on an error, but when the 29-year-old got to first base the Brewers announcers noticed something different about him. His jersey said “Twins” while the rest of his teammates’ said “Minnesota.”
As Big League Stew pointed out, the Brewers could have given Colabello a hard time. Rule 1.11.a3 of the MLB rule book states a player whose uniform “does not conform to that of his teammates shall not be permitted to participate in a game.” In reality, it’s probably the equipment manager that screwed things up.
When we talk about jersey mistakes like these here on LBS, we’re usually referring to the team screwing up someone’s name. Colabello’s situation may have been a first.
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