Can they afford to continue with their current policy?
How many free agents will we see the Yankees miss out on? It is time for the Yankees to decide to get rid of their outdated policy. The Miami Marlins gave up on their policy after just one year. I’m sure they will have a winning season now.
The Yankees have slowly moved to a practice of trying to become more youthful. The Yankees will need to change their policy if they hope to make a run for Bryce Harper. Harper will be able to try his hand at free agency, as early as the end of the 2018 season. When Harper hits free agency, a deciding factor may be the outdated facial hair policy of the Yankees.
Though I’m sure for enough money, Harper may be willing to make that exception. How many possible superstar caliber free agents will the Yankees choose to miss out on for the sake of having the babiest of faces on the playing field?
Get with the times
No other team in baseball has as strict of a policy as the Yankees do and players still choose to play for them when it comes to free agency. Just look at the case of Aroldis Chapman this offseason. Being that they are the Yankees, arguably the most legendary franchise in the game, helps when it comes to free agency. But, how far can the Yankees go on legacy alone when it comes to attracting free agents? Sure they have the money and the allure of legacy, but is that really enough for those who value their facial hair?
Money aside, this is an old and outdated policy that does not serve any purpose in today’s game of baseball. It is 2017 for crying out loud. We live in a world where we can order a car from our phone without talking to anyone and have our favorite foods delivered to our door. Why in the world are we still forcing multi-million dollar athletes to follow rules that limit their chosen appearance?