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Referee forces Cardinals pitcher Jordan Hicks to change gloves


It was awkward.

As Jordan Hicks was ready to start his night, he needed to find a new glove.
His light gray and red color combination is apparently against MLB rules.

Just before the Cardinals starting pitcher delivered his first pitch to Giants Lamonte Wade Jr. on Friday, team manager Greg Gibson came in from second base to stop him.

Rule 3.07 of the official MLB rulebook states: “The pitcher’s glove may not, excluding the piping, be white, gray, nor, in the judgment of an umpire, distract in any way .”

The first replacement glove released for Hicks didn’t work either. It was more red with black and gray in it. Pitching coach Mike Maddux then released three more gloves that met Gibson’s standards.

Finally, the game could begin.

Jordan Hicks of the Cardinals has his glove checked by referee Greg Gibson.
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Referee forces Cardinals pitcher Jordan Hicks to change gloves
Jordan Hicks gets a new glove brought in by referee Greg Gibson before the first inning against the Giants.
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Ironically, Hicks used the original glove when he faced the Giants last week. He pitched poorly in both games, failing to get past five innings. Hicks allowed three runs on three hits Friday and the Giants won 8-2.


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