Yankees: Andrew McCutchen torches Bombers over questionable tradition

New York Yankees, Andrew McCutchen

The New York Yankees have not managed to escape criticism the past few months, and with social injustice is becoming the new norm across the country, everything down to the team’s appearance policy is being targeted.

Former Yankee Andrew McCutchen called out the team for their policy on no facial hair, which dates back to 1973. Aside from a mustache, all players must have haircuts above the collar of their uniforms.

The policy instituted by the Yankees has been a significant talking point for decades. McCutchen feels it interrupts the individualism players seek to establish for their own brand.

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“I definitely do think it takes away from our individualism as players and as people. We express ourselves in different ways,” McCutchen said on “The Sports Bubble” podcast with Jensen Karp.

“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.”

Andrew McCutchen makes a decent argument

McCutchen has a point, as the Yankees trying to establish a straight arrow arraignment of their players seems dictatorship-esque. While one could argue that the policy interrupts player’s comfort and skews toward the establishment of a professional appearance, allowing players to feel content in the game they play for our entertainment seems reasonable.

Of course, everybody is entitled to their opinion, but I can see both sides of the argument. Ultimately, the player should have a say in their facial hair, which every team allows except for the Bronx Bombers.

Yankees Acquire Veteran Outfielder Andrew McCutchen

Get excited, Yankees fans. Brian Cashman has finally made a move in adding some production back into the outfield and into the lineup. Not just anyone, though – according to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Yankees have agreed to a trade with the San Francisco Giants for the 2013 National League MVP, 5x All-Star, 4x Silver Slugger, 1x Gold Glove veteran outfielder Andrew McCutchen in exchange for INF Abiatal Avelino and one other minor league player.

How influential is the signing of Andrew McCutchen for the Yankees?

This is huge for the Yankees. Yes, the 31-year-old may be past his prime years, but he is essentially replacing the 33-year-old Shane Robinson who doesn’t even contribute half as much as McCutchen could both offensively and defensively.

Since Aaron Judge was put on the disabled list on July 27, Robinson is posting an abysmal .143/.182/.238 slash line with a .420 OPS. Not to mention that he has not been a protector of the short porch to say the least.

McCutchen is not necessarily playing up to his career numbers of .288/.377/.481 with a .858 OPS – but rather he’s put up a .255/.357/.415 slash line this season with a .772 OPS and 15 HR, 55 RBI and 13 stolen bases.

As you can see from the numbers, he is a significant improvement from Shane Robinson. As it stands today, the Yankees are 7.5 games behind Boston and are seemingly not going to surpass them. With Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, AND Aaron Judge on the disabled list, the Yankees have been struggling offensively.

With an influx of bat efficiency from McCutchen, the Bombers will have enough fire power until their star players return to the lineup. Additionally, they will need all the help they can find to fend off the Oakland A’s and Seattle Mariners in the Wild Card.