Yankees Manager Enforces Odd Jewelry Restriction for Alex Verdugo

New York Yankees outfielder Alex Verdugo
New York Yankees outfielder Alex Verdugo / Tim Warner/GettyImages
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Alex Verdugo is adjusting to life with the New York Yankees following the offseason trade that sent him from the Boston Red Sox to The Bronx.

In addition to shaving his beard in order to comply with the team's unique policy on facial hair that has been in place since 1976, the team has also installed another guideline for the 27-year-old to adhere by.

Verdugo has been ordered to limit himself to wearing one chain per game by manager Aaron Boone, according to Kristie Rieken of the Associated Press.

Throughout his career, the outfielder has often donned multiple chains around his neck. That means of self expression hadn't been an issue at his previous MLB stops, but New York wasted no time putting a halt to it, with Boone quickly restricting Verdugo to just one chain per game.

"It’s kind of been hard, man," Verdugo said. "Because usually I’m used to wearing like three of four."

In the locker room after a win against the Houston Astros during the Yankees' season-opening series, Verdugo, who played with just one chain on, could be seen wearing multiple chains, including one with a No. 24 pendant on it, his new jersey number in New York.

Verdugo was acquired by the Yankees during the offseason. In exchange, New York sent a trio of pitchers—Greg Weissert, Richard Fitts and Nicholas Judice—to the Red Sox. He hit his first home run of the season during the 10th inning of New York's matchup against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

Karl Rasmussen


Karl Rasmussen is a writer on Sports Illustrated’s Breaking & Trending News Team. A University of Oregon alum, his work has appeared on 12up and ClutchPoints. He’s a loyal Tottenham, Jets, Yankees and Ducks fan.