Former Yankees outfielder Cameron Maybin believes the club’s rule against facial hair hurts the team when it comes to signing free agents.
“This might be an unpopular take to Yankees fans, but you’d be surprised how much more attractive the Yankees would be if they got rid of that facial hair rule,” Maybin, an ex-YES Network announcer, wrote in a post on X Thursday.
“You wouldn’t believe how many quality players just think it’s a wack rule to have. I mean cmon we’re coming up on 2024 let that go already, and I swear it would be more appealing. Again this only comes from conversations I’ve had and experience from actually Playing.”
Then-Yankees owner George Steinbrenner implemented the facial hair policy in 1976.
“I have nothing against long hair per se,” Steinbrenner said at the time. “But I’m trying to instill certain sense of order and discipline in the ball club because I think discipline is important in an athlete.”
“They can joke about it as long as they do it. If they don’t do it, we’ll try to find a way to accommodate…
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