MINNEAPOLIS -- On Sunday, Nick Markakis has to make a hard decision. Should he use a pink bat manufactured by Louisville Slugger? Or should he use his own bats?
For Mother’s Day, players use pink bats and wear pink shoes. They’ll be auctioned off to benefit cancer research.
Markakis’ mother is a breast cancer survivor, and he wanted to use a bat with a pink logo, but it’s not sanctioned by Major League Baseball. Originally, MLB banned use of all pink bats on Mother’s Day which weren’t manufactured by Louisville Slugger, but relented and said players could use pink bats as long as they didn’t have a logo and they made a small contribution to the Susan G. Komen Fund for the Cure.
The Orioles’ rightfielder’s bats have logos for MaxBats, and he has said he’s not happy about it, but won’t use bats other than his own.
On Friday, there was a flurry of tweets about the controversy because Markakis and the Minnesota Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe both wanted to use their own pink bats to honor their mothers. MLB issued the statement allowing non-Louisville Slugger pink bats.
For next month’s Father’s Day, blue wristbands are used to symbolize the fight against prostate cancer.