The New York Yankees won't be signing Brian Wilson, because the closer refuses to adhere to the team's "No Beards" policy. Multiple sources are reporting that Yankee General Manager Brian Cashman confirmed Wilson won't be shaving his beard in accordance with the Yankees' tradition, and that hopeful fans can "Cross him off the list."
With Mariano Rivera retiring, and the Yankees needing to revamp their roster, is it time to re-visit the decades-old rule? The official regulation only allows neatly groomed moustaches, and no hair below the lip. Thus, Wade Boggs and Don Mattingly were able to sport pretty sweet facial foliage throughout their Yankee careers. However, the clubhouse decree famously forced Johnny Damon to shear off his caveman-like beard when he joined the Yankees for the 2006 season.
Brian Wilson's agent told Brian Cashman that Wilson won't shave his beard. "Cross him off the list," Cashman said.— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) November 13, 2013
Brian Cashman says you can rule out the Yankees signing Brian Wilson. His agent told team he won't shave beard. True story, Cashman says.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughSL) November 13, 2013
[via CBS Sports]