Beard Prevents Yankee Signing

    FILE - This Aug. 20, 2013 file photo shows Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Brian Wilson watching batting practice before a baseball game against the Miami Marlins,  in Miami. Many a bearded major leaguer disapproves of the bushy black mess hanging low from Brian Wilson's chin these days.  Yet there's no arguing the beard's potential as the relief pitcher chases a third World Series ring in four years. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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    How much is your facial hair worth to you? New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman had shown interest in Brian Wilson, the former Giants closer — known for his voluminous and unkempt beard— as a replacement for the recently retired Mariano Rivera. But there’s just one problem: The Yankees have a decades-old, very strict facial hair policy, which requires neatly groomed mustaches and no hair below the lip. According to Wilson’s agent, the bearded closer has stated that he won’t shave it off. Period. Cashman’s response? “Cross him off the list.”

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