Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen recently said that he believes the New York Yankees should change their policy of making players have short hair. McCutchen added that he believes the policy "takes away from our individualism." McCutchen played for the Yankees in 2018 and was forced to cut his hair while with the team before signing a three-year deal with the Phillies.
During Wednesday's installment of "Nothing Personal with David Samson," David Samson weighed in on the Yankees' policy. He believes that a team owner has the right to determine how players look on a daily basis.
"I want someone who can win in the dark. Who can win with long hair and short hair and no hair. Who can win because he's good and ready," Samson said. "I don't think hair policies take away from individualism and if they do, that's the point. But the real issue is that it doesn't matter. It's the owner's game. It's his rules."
The Yankees' policy has been in place since George Steinbrenner purchased the team in the early 1970s. Ever since, Yankees players have had to keep their hair relatively short and facial hair to a minimum.
"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," McCutchen said.
Just like Yankees brass, Samson believes that ownership can determine the appearance of their players.