David Price: Yankees' facial hair rule 'not for me'

02/20/2013 1:08 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

David Price says the Yankees' facial hair restrictions are 'not for me.'(AP)
Johnny Damon shaved his burly beard to join the Yankees in 2006 and Kevin Youkilis did the same this winter, but Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price says he’s one who would shy away from pinstripes due to the team’s facial hair rule.

During an interview with’s Jon Paul Morosi posted Wednesday, Price spoke positively about how relaxed the Rays’ clubhouse atmosphere is and praised manager Joe Maddon’s more laissez-faire thoughts on non-game related matters.

“Joe wants us to be comfortable in our own skin. He doesn't care what we do in the locker room. He doesn't care what type of music we play, how loud we play it,” Price said. “He doesn't care what we wear to the field, because that's not going to help us be better baseball players. That (would give) us more reasons to mess up, more reasons to get a fine, more reasons to be mad about coming to the ballpark because you have to wear slacks and a collared shirt in 100-degree weather.”

That said, when Morosi asked the bearded Price what would happen if he was traded to the Yankees, who forbid players from having facial hair other than a mustache, the reigning AL Cy Young winner was less than enthused by the idea.

“I wouldn't stay there (in New York) very long then,” Price responded. “I wouldn't sign a long-term deal there. Those rules, that's old-school baseball. I was born in '85. That's not for me. That's not something I want to be a part of.”

The Yankees may have been somewhat singled out in that scenario, but Price did say elsewhere in the interview that he has “heard about” restrictions that several other teams have which would make him think twice about joining the fold.

“It's a joke to me, that I had less rules in college than I would on some Major League teams. That's not my style, man. I couldn't do it on some of these teams I hear about. I couldn't do it. I'm a grown man,” Price said. “If I ever did hit that free-agent market, there would be teams I wouldn't sign with simply because of the stuff that I've heard – every rule they have. Being here since 2007, being treated like a grownup, given that respect and freedom and space – it grows on you.”

Price, 27, won the AL Cy Young last season when he went 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 205 strikeouts in 211 innings for the Rays. He is under contract with the Rays through 2015.

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