Yankees pull beer from visitors clubhouse as well
The rapid evolution of the alcohol policy in Major League Baseball continues.
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.
Josh Hancock: 1978-2007
Born: April 11, 1978
Major-league seasons: 6
Career statistics: 9-7 W-L record, 4.20 ERA, 102 games, 177 2/3 IP
Major-league teams: Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals
Biographical information: A 1996 graduate of Vestavia Hills High School in Vestavia, Ala., where he played on three state championship teams. Drafted by Milwaukee in fourth round of '96 draft, but didn't sign. Attended Auburn University, where he was a teammate of Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson and helped lead the Tigers to the College World Series. Drafted by Boston in fifth round of the '98 draft and signed with the Red Sox on June 15, 1998.
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