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MLB mascots now permitted in parks

FLUSHING, NY - MAY 19:   Mr Met during the Major League Baseball game between the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Angels on May 19, 2017, at Citi Field in Flushing, NY.  (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)
FLUSHING, NY - MAY 19: Mr Met during the Major League Baseball game between the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Angels on May 19, 2017, at Citi Field in Flushing, NY. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)(WIBW)
Published: Jun. 25, 2020 at 2:47 PM EDT
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The popular Phillie Phanatic, Mr. Met and Mariner Moose mascots are getting a reprieve. Major League Baseball has reversed a policy it issued last month that banned mascots from ballparks while trying to restrict access and limit contact exposure.

MLB now says mascots are welcome, but they’re not permitted on the field. Dave Raymond, the first person to portray the Phanatic in Philadelphia in the late 1970s, says mascots can still pull off plenty of routines to entertain fans watching at home. MLB will start the virus-delayed season next month in stadiums without fans. 

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