MLB Power Rankings: Baseball's Top 10 Rookie Hazing Costume Rituals

Dallas Davis@SpreadANDTotalCorrespondent IMarch 10, 2011

MLB Power Rankings: Baseball's Top 10 Rookie Hazing Costume Rituals

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    LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 29:   Starting pitcher Dustin Nippert #57 of the Arizona Diamondbacks wears Laker clothes in traditional rookie hazing as he leaves the stadium after the game with the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 29, 2005 at Dodger Stadium in
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    It's been going on for many moons in leagues across the nation.

    In Major League Baseball, it's no different. The rooks get messed with by the savvy vets.

    The objective? Humiliation.

    Over the past decade, hazing has gotten a bad rap, mostly due to the fact that high-school athletes seem to focus their hazing rituals on cruelty rather then good-natured fun.

    While most stories involve cross dressing and costume shenanigans, let's take a look at some funny times in MLB hazing history.


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    The Chicago White Sox show us that baseball players make having fun a priority.

    In this case, it's Bobby Jenks as Fred Flintstone and Brian Anderson dressed as an Arizona State cheerleader.

    Gladiator was also in the house.

    Are you not entertained?

Pink Butterfly Backpacks

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    The Dodgers rookies showed us that it's not always behind closed doors where players are subjected to the harsh reality of being a rookie.

    In this case, the attire was pink butterfly backpacks.

    The place?

    Dodger Stadium.

    Haven't seen this many times before, but it's enough to make you hate opening day after the pressure of making the big leagues wears off.

The Wizard of Oz Cast

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    The Yankees rooks showed up knowing they had to dress up as something, but they didn't know what it was going to be.

    Ian Kennedy drew the short stick, landing a role as Dorothy.

    Again, baseball shows us that costumes are the bread and butter of rookie hazing rituals.


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    I think this speaks for itself.

    The Cubs dress to impress for some diehard autograph seekers.

    Mike Fontenot takes the cake.

Little Bo Peep

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    Clayton Kershaw shows us why some costumes are not meant for males.

    Hiroki Kuroda, however—now that's a hazing costume I wouldn't be embarrassed about.

2009 SF Giants: Scooby-Doo and Other Ridiculous Costumes

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    The 2009 Giants knew how to have fun.

    So did Waldis Joaquin when he brought out the Scooby-Doo costume.

    Well played, guys.

    Buster Posey looks a bit provocative.

Packed House, Postseason Runway

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    These members of the Angels had to strut their stuff in front of a gang of people.

    Again, it's more of the cross dressing us baseball fans are afraid to witness.

Fairy Wings

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    More of the same. However, I thought the ring over the head of these Marlins players was a good touch.

Britney Spears?

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    Photo By AP Press
    Photo By AP Press

    The A's played a mean trick on Huston Street.

    Let's just hope he didn't pick the outfit.

San Diego Hooters

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    AP Press
    AP Press

    I did try to warn you.

    Maybe you're wondering why there isn't much written in each slide.

    Well, I can only stay on a page with this image for so long. It's funny at first, but then it gets to be overbearing.

    Congratulations, Padres—you win the award for most ridiculous rookie costumes.


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