Saturday, February 15, 2014

Reds to enact a Yankees-like facial hair policy in 2014: Report

Taking a page from the New York Yankees playbook, the Cincinnati Reds will institute a stricter facial hair policy for players beginning this season.

Although not as severe as George Steinbrenner's famous edict regarding beards, sideburns and moustaches, new Reds manager Bryan Price likes the idea of "tame" facial growth.

Jamie Ramsey, the Assistant Director of Media Relations for the Reds, tweeted this Friday:

The Yankees are well-known around the league for their rather stringent policies on grooming. Johnny Damon and Kevin Youkilis are just two of baseball’s more hirsute players who had to pick up some razors after signing with the Bombers.

Ramsey added that he believes the new policy isn’t meant to be hard on the players; rather, it is Price wanting to construct a team-first atmosphere.

I guess he didn't see that page from the 2013 Red Sox championship season playbook.

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