Yankees pull beer from visitors clubhouse as well

Updated: May 8, 2007, 2:44 PM ET
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

The rapid evolution of the alcohol policy in Major League Baseball continues.

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays are in the process of reviewing their policy, and the New York Yankees have joined the Oakland Athletics in banning alcohol in both their home and visiting clubhouses.

The Yankees had previously banned alcohol in their home clubhouse, but then last Friday, the team altered its policy for the visiting clubhouse at Yankee Stadium, and the beer that was on the visitors' side was wheeled out.

In the aftermath of the death of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock -- who was deemed by police to have been drunk at the time of his fatal automobile accident -- more than a dozen teams have either banned alcohol from their home clubhouse or indicated they are considering a change.

Over the weekend, Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon told the Tampa Tribune he was fine with beer in the clubhouse, as long as it is consumed in moderation.

"As far as I'm concerned, I'm good with beer being in our clubhouse," Maddon said. "I don't think anybody should drink to excess, but I'm good with a beer after the game. I'm fine with it."

Buster Olney is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.

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