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McCutchen: Yankees’ grooming policy ‘takes away our individualism’


Outfielder Andrew McCutchen only spent a couple of months with the Yankees in 2018, but that was enough time to understand how antiquated the Yankees’ grooming policy is. As’s Brendan Kuty notes, the Yankees don’t allow players to wear their hair past the collar of their jersey and their facial hair can’t extend beyond the top lip.

On The Sports Bubble with Jensen Karp, McCutchen said, “I definitely do think it takes away from our individualism as players and as people. We express ourselves in different ways.” McCutchen added, “I feel like maybe there should be some change there in the future — who knows when — but it’s just one of the many things in this game that I feel that there just needs … it needs to be talked about, and to be addressed.”

This is not the first time and likely not the last time the Yankees’ facial hair policy will be called into question. David Price said back in 2013 he wouldn’t sign with the Yankees because of the policy, though he walked back the comment a few days later.

At some point, though, the Yankees have to ask themselves if it’s really worth it. They’re the only team left with a grooming policy for its players. The Marlins briefly had one in 2016 under manager Don Mattingly, and the Reds had one as an unwritten rule until 1999. It’s very much in-style for men to have facial hair and it is, as McCutchen says, a way for players to express themselves. MLB has had issues marketing players because the culture tamps down on such behavior, including bat-flipping. Consider how Dodgers fans show their appreciation for third baseman Justin Turner by wearing fake orange beards. Even called the beard and mullet of Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon “one of the game’s signature looks.”

McCutchen, 33, is entering the second year of his three-year, $50 million contract with the Phillies. The Phillies have no such grooming policy, so McCutchen has been expressing himself.

Diamondbacks place Bumgarner on IL with back strain

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PHOENIX — Arizona Diamondbacks ace Madison Bumgarner has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a mid-back strain.

The left-hander was lifted after two innings Sunday against San Diego due to back spasms.

The Diamondbacks placed Bumgarner on the injured list Monday and selected the contract of right-hander Jeremy Beasley from their alternate training site.

Bumgarner allowed six runs on five hits in two innings against the Padres to remain winless since signing an $85 million, five-year deal with Arizona last offseason. The four-time All-Star has seen his velocity dip into the upper 80s this season and has a 9.35 ERA after Sunday’s start.

Bumgarner was a four-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion in 11 seasons with San Francisco.

Beasley will be making his major league debut.