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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

The Yankees need to end their outdated facial hair policy

Could the Yankees successfully defend keeping their policy? They certainly would have a case. Teams are permitted to have reasonable team rules, and the Yankees have adhered to these grooming ground rules since George Steinbrenner established them shortly after purchasing the team in 1973. Past practices and precedent matter and so, perhaps, an arbitrator would accept that a baseball organization has the right to control the hair length of an adult under their employ. But is this a case the Yankees want to risk? I am shocked they have not been challenged on this yet. And in this age, doesn’t it now feel like the crisis you can see heading toward town, so if you can avoid it, why not?

It is one thing for a free agent to sign with the Yankees, know the policy and agree to accept it. But what of drafted players and, especially, what of a traded player who is part of the Players Association? Would the Yankees void a deal if the baseball equivalent of James Harden, someone like San Diego’s Fernando Tatis Jr. or Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr., refused a request to trim their hair and shave? They wouldn’t improve their roster over this policy? Today we could have had Bryce Harper, but he wouldn’t shave, so we refused to take him.

Would they really want to be seen as an organization that would go to a grievance against a player over hair – facial or long? A player such as Guerrero has no control if his current team trades him. Should he really have no control over his face? Is this something the Yankees really want to defend in 2022?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 11, 2022 at 05:26 PM | 23 comment(s)
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