Minnesota Twins: Time to get over Fernando Rodney’s tilted cap

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 05: Fernando Rodney (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 05: Fernando Rodney (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

Fernando Rodney is now a member of the Minnesota Twins bullpen and his hat is already making a stir throughout Twins Territory.

I am going to firmly step up onto a soap box right now, so this has been your warning. The amount of time it took you to read that warning was about the time it took for Twitter to be filled with complaints about new Minnesota Twins reliever Fernando Rodney on Thursday.

Those complaints weren’t based on his, for a baseball player, his advanced age or his effectiveness as a reliever, which is something that should be questioned, but the complaints rolled in about the way that Rodney wears his baseball cap.

If you don’t recall, Rodney wears his baseball cap a little differently than most. Rodney’s hat it tilted slightly to the side.  Apparently to a lot of people this is a big deal and it shouldn’t be.

First off, Rodney claims that sometimes the tilt of his hat throws off the batter because the batter is looking for the pitcher’s eyes. Also he claims that sometimes it throws off runners on base because they can’t tell if he’s looking at the runner or not.

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Second off, the way someone wears their clothes does not affect you one iota. Rodney wearing his hat with a tilt does not change your life in any way that it would change if he wore it the conventional way. Keep that in mind before you complain about Rodney’s clothing or anybody’s clothing for that matter.

That doesn’t mean you can’t criticize Rodney. Again, you can criticize his ability to do his job, but don’t be lazy and rude by complaining about his cap. When his cap wearing choices start affecting his pitching and the lives of others, a correction will be considered for this story.

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The Minnesota Twins will continue looking for pitching options throughout the rest of the offseason to bolster both the bullpen and rotation. Rodney is likely just the tip of the iceberg of the bullpen reconstruction.