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Yankees could bring in more stars if they dropped ‘wack’ facial-hair policy, World Series champ says

The New York Yankees are the most famous sports team on the planet with many traditions, but some of their traditions may be a little outdated.

The Bronx Bombers are the only team to exclude player names from their jerseys, and outside of an MLB-sanctioned effort, the Yanks are one of only two teams to have never worn an alternate third jersey.

But another policy, which has existed since George Steinbrenner bought the team in 1973, prohibits players from growing facial hair under their upper lips.

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Cameron Maybin of the New York Yankees circles the bases after hitting a home run in the third inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on September 24, 2019 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Mike Ehrman/Getty Images)

The rule is now more than 50 years old, and one former Yankee says it's time to repeal it.

Cameron Maybin only spent one season in pinstripes, but he was clean-shaven in every game.

Maybin says it's time to repeal this rule.

“This may be an unpopular opinion with Yankees fans, but you'd be surprised how attractive the Yankees would be if they removed the facial hair rule,” he wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

“You wouldn't believe how many quality players think this is a crazy rule. I mean, we're approaching 2024, so no more of that. I vow to get more attractive.” This is also something that came out of a conversation with me.''I have actually played and experienced it. ”

Singing of the national anthem at Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium before season opener against the San Francisco Giants, March 30, 2023, New York, NY (New York Yankees/Getty Images)

The policy led to Johnny Damon's makeover in 2005, when general manager Brian Cashman called closer Brian Wilson a candidate more than a decade ago for refusing to shave his patented beard. Excluded.

Judge Aaron suggests Yankees aren't stopping yet after signing 'generational talent' Juan Soto

New Yankees outfielder Juan Soto has been clean-shaven throughout his career, so there was no problem. However, it is not uncommon for current Yankees to grow beards in the offseason or immediately after leaving the Yankees for another team.

Johnny Damon

Johnny Damon was forced to shave off his popular caveman look after signing with the Yankees. (Getty Images)

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Many Yankees players, including Yankees legends Goose Gossage, Don Mattingly and Thurman Munson, wear mustaches because the policy does not prohibit them.

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