Royals’ Martin Maldonado wore a tie on his catching gear during Father’s Day game

Rule 3.03(c) of the Major League Baseball rulebook states: “No player whose uniform does not conform to that of his teammates shall be permitted to participate in a game.”

So technically, Royals catcher Martin Maldonado shouldn’t have been allowed to wear a tie* during Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.

*Yeah, a tie ... a clip-on, no less

But, c’mon, this was a cool way to commemorate Father’s Day. And, it’s probably never been done in the history of baseball.

The color of the tie matched Maldonado’s chest protector and this wasn’t just a one-inning thing. Maldonado wore the tie through the game.

Fox Sports Kansas City had this video:

Maldonado wrote the names of a bunch of people on the tie. Here is a closer look at it from Twitter user Addison Walton: