Cobb Most Likely Wore A Tie Off the Field
The brand new suits were not at all dusty, even though they were from Dusty. Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker, celebrating his fifth turn as skipper of an All-Star team, bought each member of his coaching staff a brand new suit.
A photo of the Sharp-Dressed Men, to reference a popular song by three fellow Texans, appeared on a Twitter feed from columnist Michael Schwab. The nine gentlemen in the picture look dapper in their new threads, compliments of the Hall of Fame manager.
His octet of assistants joined Baker during the All-Star festivities at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, all pulling for the American League team as it won its ninth straight midsummer classic 3-2. They had a packed roster of players like game Most Valuable Player Giancarlo Stanton, but none of them could qualify for a lineup relating to suits.
Were they to wear their new suits instead of uniforms for the occasion, Baker and his coaches might be suited to lead a team of players whose names relate to men's fashion. Here is how such a lineup might be woven together.
Left Field, Michael A. Taylor
During his seven years in Washington Taylor was among the league leaders in stolen bases, a trend that has continued in his two years as a member of the Kansas City Royals.
Center Field, Ty Cobb
In the days of the Georgia Peach most men attended games in suit and tie, watching one of the greatest hitters in baseball stroke his way to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
Right Field, Boots Day
Footwear is an important accessory in men's fashion, just as Boots Day was in important piece of the expansion years of the Montreal Expos.
First Base, Brandon Belt
The clothing item keeps the pants up, much like this slugger has helped support the Giants when they captured three World Series championships.
Second Base, Tony Taylor
We already have one Taylor in the lineup but, like the addition of this long-time Philadelphia infielder, you can never have too many tailors.
Shortstop, Nap Lajoie
In 21 seasons in his Hall of Fame career, mostly spent with Cleveland and the Philadelphia Athletics, .the Nappy infielder boasted a .338 batting average.
Third Base, Mike Sharperson
This sharp (dressed) person maintained a .286 batting average during a nine year career, mostly spent with the Dodgers.
Catcher, Cliff Dapper
Dapper, whether dressed well off the field or not, wore the gear of battle for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Relief pitcher, Jim Coates
He covered one of the arms from the bullpen in the Sixties, appearing in 247 games for the Yankees and Angels.
Pitcher, Will Vest
He was a hurler for Seattle in 2021, now covering the mound for Detroit in 2022.