Ben Zobrist is close to winning his battle with Major League Baseball over his cleats.

The Cubs utilityman was warned to stop wearing his all-black shoes during Chicago day games because they were non-compliant with the MLB uniform code.



a man wearing a glove: Ben Zobrist


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Ben Zobrist

However, he told reporters this week he will continue wearing the shoes, and he expects MLB to look at the rule and change it in the near future.

He said he believes MLB will have a bit of a grace period while the rule is looked at and possibly rewritten.

“It sounds like everybody’s on the same page in regard to wanting this to happen,” Zobrist told reporters Wednesday, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “But I think obviously there’s red tape and there’s structure that we have to write into place to make it possible.”

If MLB were to change the rule it would take rewriting a portion of the collective bargaining agreement. If this were to happen it would be the first time the CBA had been changed before it expired.

There is no update however on if MLB will continue to allow non-compliant sleeves to be worn. Cubs catcher Willson Contreras currently wears a sleeve with the colors of the Venezuelan flag. MLB warned him not to continue to wear it because it was against uniform policies.

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