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Yankees’ beef with Clint Frazier’s hair symbolizes what’s wrong with baseball

Thank you, Clint Frazier. Thank you for finally realizing thatyour flamboyant locks have no place on the Yankees or in this great game. Thank you for finallysubmitting to baseball’s No. 1 commandment: Thou shalt always be as boring as po sible.Hat tip to your manager, Joe Girardi, forhelping spread baseball’s gospel of dullne s to ensure the ongoing integrity of the sport.Each one teach one.Remember, kids: To play baseball, you mustn’t show any sort of flair or personality. That disrespects the game, and that hurts baseball’s feelings. Or, you might become asFrazier’s evil hair did a distraction.MORE: Five rule changes MLB should consider nextIt’s good that Girardi, the Yankees and, probably, Major League Baseball understand that unruly hair is what’sholding baseball back from a popularity explosion that’s undoubtedly this close. With so many young people out there as potential fans, baseball and the Yankees can’t afford to riska youngster seeing Frazier play unshorn and think, incorrectly, that society rewards suchbrazen displays of non-conformity. What in the world was Frazier thinking? After all, humble hair wins championships (probably because it’s so respectful).Making sure that everyone acts the same, looks the same and talks the same is clearly the best way to move baseball forward. It’s certainly better than trying to actually market the sport’s best players. No, short hair and stoicism is what puts butts in the seats. It worked in the 1950s, so there’s no reason why it shouldn’t work now.Aaaaaand, scene.Seriously,Yankees,what’s the deal? Why add fuel to the perception that baseball is one big pile of boring? Why help this bizarre endorsement ofdullne s? I suppose the logic goes that a player with long hair is trying to draw attention to himself and, therefore, making himself “bigger than the team” or, heaven forbid, “bigger than the game.”That’s silly. To use an old-timey saying to match this old-timey philosophy: That dog don’t hunt.MORE: Baseball’s five dumbest unwritten rules, ranked by their stupidityThis hair hullabaloo further illustrates what’s wrong with baseball: a misguided focus on things that ultimately don’t matter, a reverence for unwritten rules, and a general mi sing of the point about modern athletics. Just as the pace-of-play obse sion isn’t likely to achieve the goal of growing the game’s popularity, at least not on its own, facial hair or long hair on the ol’ noggin isn’t going to prevent fans from watching.New York Yankees logic:Clint Frazier’s hair = distractionAroldis Chapman gets a bobblehead day Stacey Gotsulias (@StaceGots) March 10, 2017Fans like personalities. Just look at the NFL and the NBA. As I’ve written before, MLB doesn’t have to embrace the NFL or NBA showboat models, but at least some element of that is absolutely nece sary for the sport’s long-term health.Let players be themselves. Let them wear their hair or their beards however they want. As long as they play hard and it doesn’t negatively affect their performance,what difference does it make?Put the sci sors and the razors away, Yankees.This follicle flap shouldn’t be so Jackie Robinson Jersey hairy.


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