The New York Yankees are known for their traditions. They've worn their iconic pinstripes for over a century, and they've long required their players to trim their facial hair.
But that might be about to change, because New York State just passed a law banning workplace discrimination on the basis of hair.
The law is meant to prohibit employers from discriminating against employees and forcing them to do certain things with their hair. In essence, it keeps them from requiring employees in all fields to shave dreadlocks, braids, twists or natural hair.
The Yankees' policy, instituted by George Steinbrenner back in 1973, states that "All players, coaches and male executives are forbidden to display any facial hair other than mustaches (except for religious reasons), and scalp hair may not be grown below the collar. Long sideburns and 'mutton chops' are not specifically banned."
So in all likelihood, the Yankees' requirements for hair are illegal, if they were to ever get taken to court.
Imagine if Dallas Keuchel didn't sign with the Yankees because he wanted to keep his beard?— The Sports Stance (@SportsStance_) June 7, 2019
Be an all time move.
Oh and the Yankees facial hair rule is idiotic. #MLB
It's long been a point of intrigue for fans and players alike. When Bryce Harper and Dallas Keuchel both hit the free agent market last offseason, many wondered if the policy, which would require the both of them to shave their beards, would act as a deterrent.
Others, such as David Price, have stated that they'd never play for the Yankees because of the rule.
David Price Says He Wouldn't Sign With Yankees Because of Facial Hair Policy http://t.co/AJyRLPyM— NESN (@NESN) February 20, 2013
It might be the start of a new era for the once clean-shaven Yankees. Maybe.