Posted November 13, 2013

Brian Wilson would rather keep beard than sign with Yankees

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Brian Wilson is coveted by severals teams after recovering from Tommy John surgery. (Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Brian Wilson is coveted by several teams after recovering from Tommy John surgery. (Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports listed the Dodgers, Giants, Indian, Mariners, Red Sox, Rockies and Tigers as major league teams “most interested” in free agent reliever Brian Wilson.

Wilson eliminated the Yankees from his list because he would not consider shaving off his signature beard to comply with the team’s strick policy against facial hair, per Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger.

Brown also reports the Reds could enter the chase for Wilson, depending on the status of closer Aroldis Chapman.

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Wilson, the colorful 31-year-old right-hander impressed teams with his comeback from Tommy John surgery this season, allowing only one run in 19.2 innings of relief for the Dodgers.


56 comments
amartone
amartone

I think you meant "strict."

ChazCunningham
ChazCunningham

He's a bum....I mean he really looks like a homeless bum.

craigbhill1
craigbhill1

What free soul would ever want to sign with the underachieving loser Yankees?? Keep that 1950s look, NYY, and die.

jimmyjon_55555
jimmyjon_55555

screw wilson...  anyone who puts personal appearance over his career... ?  hello?  hes had major surgery - was cut- didnt do squat with the dodgers and is tremendously over valued in his own head.   good luck.  

RaymondSmith
RaymondSmith

So? Keep your beard ya f*****g LOSER. You wouldn't last 10 seconds in NY

x72
x72

World class stooge

zzyzax
zzyzax

Wilson is from Londonderry, NH.  Less than an hour North of Fenway Park and in the heart of Red Sox Nation.  It is not just the beard, for the dislike for the Yankees was bred into him.  Although it would be nice for the Red Sox to sign a local star, with Uehara on the roster their may not be a big need for him on the Sox, or even space on an already strong bullpen.

yankeefan1951
yankeefan1951

That is a very silly looking beard. It would look OK on a lumberjack but not a professional baseball player.

Mark112
Mark112

What makes this one-trick pony one-hit wonder drama queen even think that the Yankees would want anything to do with him? His contrived, non-conformist act only worked when he had some semblance of relevance. I doubt if even Keith Oberfraud would book him; he's a spent bullet (both of them are, actually).

mnico213
mnico213

That's strick one Polzer.

Fleeb
Fleeb

I think the "strick" policy must be related to being stricken ill, as in "beards like that make me sick."

Hantiaolang
Hantiaolang

Doesn't Cincy also have a policy against facial hair? Or was that a Marge Schott thing? I honestly can't think of a Reds player right now who has a beard.

jgstern
jgstern

You can take a boy out of The City but ...

sabrina2
sabrina2

It's "strict" not strick.

:-)

Jeff63
Jeff63

"strick policy"?  Seriously??

JPG
JPG

Let me see if I have this correct...the Yankees have a team policy against facial hair but not against employing players with performance enhancing drug problems and substance abuse problems.  They laugh at the idea of any self imposed salary cap and have overpaid for players with any sort of problems.

Just shave twice a day you're good to go.

Got it.

oasis1994
oasis1994

I'm not defending Wilson by any means. 

However, I have a thick beard for a reason; it hurts like hell to shave every other day. I think business' in general treat people with thick facial hair terribly and make too many judgments. 

Schultz
Schultz

NY will find that their "CODE" of Conduct will continue to hurt them going forward.

Schultz
Schultz

HELL YEAH, Screw the DAMN YANKEES as their Evil Empire Crumbles into Mediocrity cause this A's Fan will enjoy EVERY SINGLE MINUTE. No $ to spend, No Farm Team Players of any Merit to speak of it's a good time to be a YANKEE HATER. The Beard is his Brand, Sorry NY go lick your wounds cause after losing CANO to whoever pays him more then he Deserves since JASON KIPNIS will pass him up next Year as the Best 2B.  

gak01
gak01

Sweet typing skills Tim.

HollisWood
HollisWood

SonoraDick - no way this Wilson fan wants to see him play for the Evil Empire. Though not quite the level of Mariano Rivera, he's a damn good closer (when healthy). Glad Wilson didn't cave in...

rpearlston
rpearlston

@jimmyjon_55555 He's putting his principles (including the length and location of his hair) first.  There is nothing wrong, but everything right, which anyone doing that.   

max1
max1

@Mark112 Yes, Brian Cashman always comments about players intentions to sign about players he has no intention of signing.

rpearlston
rpearlston

@Schultz It hasn't hurt them for 40 years?  Why would it start doing so now?

gymviking
gymviking

@Schultz Might actually save them from signing another bad contract with an older player that won't be able to play for a good portion of it.

JerryBelle
JerryBelle

@Schultz Whatever you're trying to say, shaving isn't actually considered "conduct" and they won't find that it hurts at all.  They didn't want Wilson and Cashman actually giggled when he had to confirm the story that Wilson wouldn't shave to go to the team - it was really laughable.  The Yankees wouldn't go backwards for Wilson when they have better in their bullpen already.  They're looking for better closers. Wilson's already on the down slide of a short career with less than amazing numbers and that's in the National League...lol.

Rico1
Rico1

@Schultz U complete imbecile! (Hogan's Heroes...it was too easy) When they FINALLY hit mediocrity THEN you can come calling. Otherwise, NEVER speculate just because you're a HATER! We have money, WE will always be a contender especially if they keep this playoff format alive. Sorry Schultz but you better call Colonel Klink and request a reprieve!

JerryBelle
JerryBelle

@Schultz - you should watch your blood pressure it's probably 199/150 after writing your extremely apparent jealous comment.  27 Championships must really blow your mind....lol.

JerryBelle
JerryBelle

@HollisWood "Though not quite the level of Mariano Rivera..."  You got that right.  Not only is Wilson not in the same stadium, so to speak, as Mariano Rivera, he's not even in the parking lot....  Come back in ten years when he's completed his 18th year, if he lasts long enough, and we can talk....lol 

rpearlston
rpearlston

 Rico1  Then please explain their 2013 season.  OOPS - not possible, not with your philosophy.

DODGERFAIL2013
DODGERFAIL2013

@JerryBelle @Schultz LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL.  1 title in what.... like 12 years?

what have you done lately?

ps:  no title in 2014 either.  FAIL again

joenacchio
joenacchio

@JerryBelle - 27 living in the past champioinships

rpearlston
rpearlston

@JerryBelle @HollisWood Currently, there is no one at the level of Rivera.  He will be sorely missed, and not only by fans of the Evil Empire

beaglemix
beaglemix

@JerryBelle @HollisWood however long wilson ends up playing is sort of moot.  at this moment he is the far better /active/ pitcher of the two.  bring mariano back another year and we can have your debate.  otherwise ....

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

@JerryBelle @HollisWood Seriously - comparing anyone to the G.O.A.T Rivera is plain stupid. I don't think any Yankees fans are in tears over this guy not wanting to play in the Bronx. He probably couldn't stand the pressure anyway.

MikeHarrison
MikeHarrison

@DODGERFAIL2013 @JerryBelle @Schultz  

How many has Oakland won in the past 12 years?  Oh yeah, ZERO.  In fact, the last time Oakland won the the World Series, I was 14(1989, I am 38), so by my count, thats ZERO titles in 24 years.

And so you know, my team last won in 2005, so it has 1 title in 8 yrs  lol

SonoraDick
SonoraDick

@beaglemix @JerryBelle @HollisWood 

While you're at it, beaglemix, why don't we "bring back" Willie Mays for another year to see if he's better than Mike Trout? Makes about as much sense as your suggestion.

I really don't think Mariano has to prove anything to anybody at this point. He's performed at the highest level since 1996. A better suggestion would be for you to come back in say, five years; possibly by that time Wilson will have accomplished about half as much in his career as Mo did. More likely, Wilson will be out of baseball before his next contract expires due to yet another injury.