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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

David Price wouldn’t play for the Yankees due to facial hair rule

House That Ruth Built ain’t to place for House Of David to pitch!

We’ve seen players like Jason Giambi, Johnny Damon and now Kevin Youkilis join the Yankees and adhere to the club policy of no facial hair. With Rays ace David Price to hit the free agency market after the 2015 season—and, thus, very likely depart Tampa Bay—might he be inked to a megadeal in the Bronx?

Not likely.

Check out this portion of an article on FoxSports.com from Jon Paul Morosi, where Price is discussing how much he loves playing for manager Joe Maddon:

  “Joe wants us to be comfortable in our own skin. He doesn’t care what we do in the locker room. He doesn’t care what type of music we play, how loud we play it. He doesn’t care what we wear to the field, because that’s not going to help us be better baseball players. That (would give) us more reasons to mess up, more reasons to get a fine, more reasons to be mad about coming to the ballpark because you have to wear slacks and a collared shirt in 100-degree weather.

  “It’s a joke to me, that I had less rules in college than I would on some major league teams. That’s not my style, man. I couldn’t do it on some of these teams I hear about. I couldn’t do it. I’m a grown man.”

  Price spoke for several minutes about “how good we have it here,” even making special mention of the team’s athletic training staff. He added: “If I ever did hit that free-agent market, there would be teams I wouldn’t sign with simply because of the stuff that I’ve heard—every rule they have. Being here since 2007, being treated like a grownup, given that respect and freedom and space—it grows on you.”

  Taking note of his beard, I told Price he’d have to shave if the Yankees traded for him.

  “I wouldn’t stay there very long then,” he responded. “I wouldn’t sign a long-term deal there. Those rules, that’s old-school baseball. I was born in ‘85. That’s not for me. That’s not something I want to be a part of.”

 

Repoz Posted: February 20, 2013 at 02:38 PM | 41 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: February 20, 2013 at 03:15 PM (#4372790)
CHASS: DAVID PRICE DOESN'T RESPECT OLD SCHOOL VALUES, MR. PRESIDENT.
   2. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: February 20, 2013 at 03:16 PM (#4372792)
December 22, 2015 - NEW YORK - To the surprise of no one the Yankees have landed the prize of the free agent market signing Cy Young winner David Price to a 7 year, $175 million contract. It's been a rough year for the Yankees with player/manager Derek Jeter's positive test for steroids, the pain of seeing Red Sox' DH Jesus Montero become the first player to hit a fair ball out of any Yankee Stadium and the disappointing 80-82 finish. "Adding David gives us the anchor to the rotation we've missed since C.C. Sabathia disappeared into the Springfield Mystery Spot" said GM Brian Cashman.

When asked about his iconic beard Price said "it's a $175 million you moron! You honestly think I liked my beard that much? Stop smoking crack." Price was 21-4 with a 2.11 ERA for the Central Florida Rays who had hoped their recent stadium improvements would enable them to keep the lefty.

In Boston local t-shirt vendors have created shirts emblazoned with a picture of Price's beard and the words "David At Any Price" to mock the southpaw.
   3. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: February 20, 2013 at 03:40 PM (#4372812)
"No big whoop. I'll just sign a 12-year, $800 million deal with the Dodgers."
   4. Jim Wisinski Posted: February 20, 2013 at 03:42 PM (#4372814)
I've always wondered what would happen if a player was traded to the Yankees and refused to conform to their stupid grooming rules.

Oh, and Price rocks. So does Joe Maddon. And the whole freaking team.
   5. Bruce Markusen Posted: February 20, 2013 at 03:48 PM (#4372823)
In the history of the game, I know of only one player who refused to join a team over facial hair. That was Rollie Fingers, who was offered a contract at the end of his career by the Reds, who allowed neither mustaches or beards. Fingers said that he couldn't shave the mustache, so he called it quits.
   6. RJ in TO Posted: February 20, 2013 at 04:27 PM (#4372862)
I see Jose has this one covered nicely.
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 20, 2013 at 04:34 PM (#4372870)
Facial hair policies are the new "good schools."
   8. Red Menace Posted: February 20, 2013 at 04:36 PM (#4372875)
The Reds ended their facial hair policy when they acquired Greg Vaughn. I'm not privy to how much Vaughn had to do with it, but Larkin seemed to enjoy letting his freak flag fly.
   9. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: February 20, 2013 at 04:38 PM (#4372880)
Even if he's bullshitting, it still makes me happy. The young fascists of America grooming thing is so stupid.
   10. zack Posted: February 20, 2013 at 04:54 PM (#4372898)
That was Rollie Fingers, who was offered a contract at the end of his career by the Reds, who allowed neither mustaches or beards.

Hypocrites.
   11. The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 20, 2013 at 05:14 PM (#4372912)
. . . more reasons to be mad about coming to the ballpark because you have to wear slacks and a collared shirt in 100-degree weather.

Sounds rough. Especially the Bataan Death March type 30-second stroll from his air-conditioned car to the air-conditioned stadium.
   12. morineko Posted: February 20, 2013 at 05:35 PM (#4372929)
For all he says the Rays treat their players like grownups, they have more themed dressup days than a junior high school Spirit Week.
   13. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: February 20, 2013 at 05:48 PM (#4372937)
mad about coming to the ballpark because you have to wear slacks


Smitty*, is that you?
   14. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: February 20, 2013 at 05:55 PM (#4372943)
Sounds rough. Especially the Bataan Death March type 30-second stroll from his air-conditioned car to the air-conditioned stadium.

Be that as it may or not be that, the rules are dopey beyond reason. Honestly, there's no rational reason for them unless it's just about showing those smart-ass players who's boss.
   15. Bob Tufts Posted: February 20, 2013 at 06:03 PM (#4372949)
As I shared with you before, Giants Phoenix AAA manager had only three rules that he gave us before the season:

1. If you are hung over or sunburned and can't play, you lose a day's pay.
2. I do not ever want a hotel detective to knock on my door and wake me up in the middle of the night becuase of soemthing you did.
3. If the big feller is dripping, you have the clap, so see the trainer (Harry Jordan) as soon as you can.
   16. StHendu Posted: February 20, 2013 at 06:04 PM (#4372951)
No facial hair, but constant spitting and drooling is ok. Baseball players are traditionally gross.
   17. vortex of dissipation Posted: February 20, 2013 at 06:06 PM (#4372955)
No facial hair, but constant spitting and drooling is ok. Baseball players are traditionally gross.


Well, at least the tobbaco juice wont get caught in their beards.
   18. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 20, 2013 at 07:16 PM (#4373005)
1. If you are hung over or sunburned and can't play, you lose a day's pay.


What the hell were guys doing that they were so sunburned they couldn't play? Was this a big problem at some point?
   19. Walt Davis Posted: February 20, 2013 at 07:22 PM (#4373010)
"Well, Mr. Cashman, I'll offer you this deal -- $1,000 per year for every hair on my face OR Felix Hernandez's contract?"
   20. AJMcCringleberry Posted: February 20, 2013 at 07:47 PM (#4373029)
What the hell were guys doing that they were so sunburned they couldn't play? Was this a big problem at some point?

It was for Marty Cordova.
   21. Darren Posted: February 20, 2013 at 08:57 PM (#4373071)
Hey, let's wear shirts and ties on the field too. That would make a good impression.
   22. Everybody Loves Tyrus Raymond Posted: February 20, 2013 at 10:57 PM (#4373130)
The Reds ended their facial hair policy when they acquired Greg Vaughn.


I still remember being psyched when Jeff Reardon went to the Reds.
   23. Walt Davis Posted: February 20, 2013 at 10:59 PM (#4373134)
What the hell were guys doing that they were so sunburned they couldn't play?

It's Phoenix. I'd imagine you spend a day sitting out by the pool without your shirt on and you'll be a lobster.
   24. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: February 21, 2013 at 12:54 AM (#4373165)
the rules are dopey beyond reason


Eh, I don't get the ire. So what? They make you shave facial hair and request that you don't look like a gangsta when you arrive at the park. Big effing deal. Personally, it's not for me, but hey if you want to play for NY, those are the rules. If they believe having some parameters in place that help develop some cohesion amongst the players, then so be it. BTW, NOT a NY fan.

   25. Bhaakon Posted: February 21, 2013 at 01:27 AM (#4373173)
Eh, I don't get the ire. So what? They make you shave facial hair and request that you don't look like a gangsta when you arrive at the park. Big effing deal. Personally, it's not for me, but hey if you want to play for NY, those are the rules. If they believe having some parameters in place that help develop some cohesion amongst the players, then so be it. BTW, NOT a NY fan.


If you sign there as a FA, sure. But MLB is set up so that players don't always get to chose where they play.
   26. The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 21, 2013 at 02:02 AM (#4373179)
If you sign there as a FA, sure. But MLB is set up so that players don't always get to chose where they play.

There are certainly issues about the draft system, but the minimal dress code for team events and travel is pretty low on the list.
   27. MM1f Posted: February 21, 2013 at 02:08 AM (#4373181)
It was for Marty Cordova.


Heh.
   28. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: February 21, 2013 at 07:43 AM (#4373203)
Honestly, there's no rational reason for them unless it's just about showing those smart-ass players who's boss.


Was there every any doubt about this?

The previous owner was a felon who committed the wrong kind of no- fun-felony he deserved to get caught at, but mustaches are out? What a world.
   29. Hack Wilson Posted: February 21, 2013 at 08:34 AM (#4373207)
How about being required to have a beard: House of David.
   30. Howie Menckel Posted: February 21, 2013 at 09:00 AM (#4373208)
"the Reds, who allowed neither mustaches or beards."

Catcher Dann Bilardello: "We were lucky they let us have eyebrows."

good times

   31. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: February 21, 2013 at 09:14 AM (#4373210)
Maybe standardized facial hair could be acceptable.
   32. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: February 21, 2013 at 10:14 AM (#4373245)
Yet another reason facial hair policies are awful: They would rob us of great moments like this.
   33. JJ1986 Posted: February 21, 2013 at 10:15 AM (#4373246)
request that you don't look like a gangsta


Suits are one of the classic "gangsta" looks.
   34. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: February 21, 2013 at 10:45 AM (#4373266)
It's Phoenix. I'd imagine you spend a day sitting out by the pool without your shirt on and you'll be a lobster.


Yep. Only time in my life I ever experienced sun stroke was after sitting beside the ASU pool for, I guess, a couple of hours right after moving out there in August.
   35. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: February 21, 2013 at 11:30 AM (#4373294)
Suits are one of the classic "gangsta" looks.

I'd bet that the first Hollywood movie that depicted an adult gangster without a coat and tie was probably not until the early 1970's. I guess they all wanted to be properly dressed for their funerals just in case they never made it back from the office.
   36. tfbg9 Posted: February 21, 2013 at 01:37 PM (#4373387)
Nowadays, they dress like PLO detainees being swapped for a hostage(s).
   37. The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 21, 2013 at 09:51 PM (#4373686)
Principle? What principle? Mr. Price has changed his tune:
While many interpreted Price's comments as him saying he would never play for the Yankees, the star lefty made it clear that isn't the case.

"I can't rule out anybody because, obviously, what they do for the game of baseball is just tremendous," Price said.

   38. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: February 21, 2013 at 11:13 PM (#4373716)
Oh no, I don't think you're doing Mr. Price's recantation proper justice there:

“It probably wasn’t the best thing to say, but I didn’t mean anything by it … I wasn’t looking to offend the Yankees. It’s probably the best organization in all of sports. Not just baseball, but all of sports. I didn’t mean anything (against) the New York Yankees.
"
   39. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: February 22, 2013 at 12:03 AM (#4373725)
“It probably wasn’t the best thing to say, but I didn’t mean anything by it … I wasn’t looking to offend the Yankees. It’s probably the best organization in all of sports. Not just baseball, but all of sports. I didn’t mean anything (against) the New York Yankees.


What he really meant was.."It wasn't the best thing to say because when I am a free agent I need NY to help drive up the bidding for my services to ridiculous amounts. I won't play there anyway, but they will serve their purpose by inflating my price by 20-25%."
   40. tfbg9 Posted: February 22, 2013 at 12:18 AM (#4373731)
39-yep.

(I can logroll with the best of them ;-))
   41. Rafael Bellylard: Built like a Panda. Posted: February 22, 2013 at 06:25 AM (#4373769)
Nah, if he were doing that, he'd have said..."the Yankees blow. The Dodgers don't have a facial-hair policy, and look at the players THEY can sign."

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