Norris busts out a new glove, and gets busted.
The baseball rules book spells out, in excruciatingly specific detail, every single thing one needs to know in order to properly execute a nine-inning Major League game. This includes regulations for equipment — bats, gloves, catchers mitts and jerseys, and on and on.
Here’s something I didn’t know until Monday — regulation gloves have to be a certain color — or, more specifically, there are certain colors gloves are NOT supposed to be. One page nine of the official baseball rule book, the guidelines are stated in Rule 1.15 a:
“The pitcher’s glove may not, exclusive of piping, be white, gray, nor, in the judgment of the umpire, distracting in any manner.”
Bud Norris apparently pulled off the hat trick in his start versus the Blue Jays — his glove was a little white-ish, slightly gray-ish, and, in the umpire’s opinion, distracting.
The umpires pointed out the glove’s incorrect hue (seen above…the one on top is the game glove. Bottom one is one slightly darker but still too light) but told Norris he could finish out the second inning if he so desired. Norris thought better of it and simply to grabbed his old black glove to finish his outing.
“I guess (Toronto’s) manager (Cito Gaston) said something, which is fair,” Norris said. “It’s in a rule book to a certain degree. I’m not looking to get an advantage. I’m just going out there with a glove.”
Norris was more focused on getting outs than color schemes, which should be good news to his new skipper and pitching coach. Although Norris is all but guaranteed a starting spot (barring a disastrous spring), he’s not looking at his spot on this team as a done deal.
“I have a new manager, new pitching coach,” Norris said of the Brads — Mills and Arnsberg. “Everything I did last year doesn’t really count. I have to prove myself all over again. I still need to earn that spot.”
You’ll often hear pitchers say their “working on things” early in the spring season, and on Monday, Norris concentrated on one thing — working from the stretch, something he struggled with at times during his rookie campaign in ’09.
“Last year, there were a couple of times that I made some mistakes out of the stretch, so that’s something I wanted to work on this year,” he said. “The bigger situations are from the stretch, and that’s what I wanted to work on today.”
Norris allowed one earned run — a homer — over two innings. He walked two and struck out two.
From batting practice in the morning:
Puma, Lee, Berry