Brian Wilson, David Price won’t sign with Yankees because of beard policy

Brian Wilson Yankees beard
Free agent closer Brian Wilson reportedly won’t sign with the Yankees because of their facial hair restrictions. Credit: Getty Images

It’s funny what a World Series title will do. A year ago at this time, borrowing an idea from the Boston Red Sox would have been as advisable as hiring Bobby Valentine as your head of public relations (or as your athletic director).

Today, baseball is looking at the Sox as a model hardball franchise. Just look at the Phillies. They’re already blatantly stealing the “sign mid-to-low level talent for short years” approach (see Marlon Byrd signing and their reported pursuit of A.J. Pierzynski) and hoping for the best. So for now, all the things the Red Sox do are in vogue.

Even the Yankees could learn a little something from their arch-rivals this offseason because it’s quite apparent that their holier-than-thou approach to many things is as old as the median age of their 2013 roster. They need to get with the times. They could start by getting rid of the ridiculous “no beard” policy put in by George Steinbrenner in 1973.

Steinbrenner was stuck in the 1950s in the 1970s. But it didn’t matter in the latter half of that latter decade, because the Yankees won. Today, the Yankees aren’t winning. And the 40-year-old beard rule is now hurting their chances at landing top players. Seriously.


Wednesday, free agent closer Brian Wilson said he wouldn’t play for the Yankees because of their beard policy. And, if you haven’t heard, the Yankees could use a closer. Rays starter David Price, under Tampa Bay’s control through 2015, has said in the past that he would avoid the Bronx because of their facial hair restrictions.

Now, there is the possibility that things could get out of hand down the road if the Yanks actually did nix the rule. There certainly is something about that Yankees uniform mixed with infield dirt, sweat and facial hair that smells through the screen – think Pete Vuckovich as Yankees first baseman Clu Haywood in the film Major League or 1980s WWF jobber The Brooklyn Brawler (who made a comeback when pro wrestling returned to Brooklyn last year).

But there are some traditions in sports that just die, because, frankly, they weren’t all that important to begin with. Every player on the Celtics used to wear black sneakers, for instance. The Lakers used to only wear gold at home and purple on the road. The Montreal Canadiens only used to hire head coaches who spoke French.

The Yankees should borrow from their baseball-playing neighbors to the north in this situation. We’re in a players’ era. And unfortunately for pinstriped traditionalists, a lot of players these days despise razors.

 

Follow Metro Boston sports editor and columnist Matt Burke on Twitter @BurkeMetroBOS

 



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Winning $7 million New York lottery ticket sold…

The only $7 million winning New York Lottery ticket for Monday's Cash4Life drawing was sold at a Queens 7-Eleven, officials said on Tuesday.

Local

Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Movies

Review: 'Get on Up' is a war between…

James Brown finally gets his own boring biopic with "Get on Up," but the Godfather of Soul puts up a good fight against the usual cliches.

Movies

Review: 'Child of God' finds director James Franco…

James Franco's 11th directed feature is a noble but sloppy adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's "Child of God," about a feral mountain man (Scott Haze).

Movies

Review: Alex Gibney's Fela Kuti doc 'Finding Fela'…

Prolific documentarian Alex Gibney takes on Afrobeat god Fela Kuti in "Finding Fela," but fails to capture his unique essence.

Gossip

Playing the Field: Valentine's Day coupling edition

  It’s Valentine’s Day, a day created by Hallmark to make couples spend loads and loads of money on candy, flowers and gourmet dinners. Or…

College

Playing the Field: Valentine's Day coupling edition

  It’s Valentine’s Day, a day created by Hallmark to make couples spend loads and loads of money on candy, flowers and gourmet dinners. Or…

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

Career

What do you wear to a career fair?…

Getting that gig starts with presenting the most polished and memorable version of yourself, so refer to our expert fashion advice.

Style

Editors pick: Margiela's finger armor ring

These cool rings from Maison Martin Margiela are designed to overlap over the finger, covering each joint like armor.

Style

Givenchy champions diversity

Riccardo Tisci's uses a variety of ethnically diverse ladies for his spring campaign including Erykah Badu.

Wellbeing

Don't settle for the hotel fitness center with…

Travelers who want to skip the hotel fitness center in favor of local gyms that may offer better equipment, classes and amenities can turn to…