That baseball hazing ritual of dressing up rookies as Disney princesses, Hooters Girls and Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders is now banned. Major League Baseball created an Anti-Hazing and Anti-Bullying Policy that covers the practice. The policy prohibits "requiring, coercing or encouraging" players from "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." Players often considered it a form of bonding, and it's become more and more of a production in recent years.
Shohei Ohtani has taken baseball by storm so far in 2018, with the 23-year-old Japanese phenom captivating audiences with a fastball that can touch 100 mph and a fearsome presence in the batter's box. In his first two starts on the mound, Ohtani totaled 18 strikeouts and gave up just four hits and three runs. And in his first week at the plate, he hit three home runs, more than Mike Trout or Aaron Judge. Here are some of his most memorable moments from the start of the season.
Every year, MLB takes a moment at the All-Star Game to "Stand Up 2 Cancer," a moment for every player, coach and fan to honor somebody in their lives affected by cancer. It's one of the most moving moments of the baseball season, one that binds the entire baseball community.