Re: Should The Reds Go Back To The Clean Shaven Look?
I'll chime in with the "YES" group on this. First off, the players are employed by the Cincinnati Reds. That being said, if the Reds adopt a dress code that includes clean shaven and certain haircut styles, then the players should abide by it the same as if they would in the regular workforce.
The second point I'll make is that if you look sharp, then your competition views you much differently and you make them question how adequate of a foe they are to you. Being in police work for nearly 10 years now, I've read a number of studies on use of force and keeping youself out of hostile situations. The study that most caught my eye was one where it was found that nearly 65% of violators saw that if an officer looked sharp (well pressed uniform, sharp haircut, close shave, shined shoes, good physical dispostion) they were less likely to pick a fight with that officer due to feeling that they were outmatched. This same study also found that several individuals convicted of killing officers on traffic stops saw that the officers presented a disposition that made them fell that they stood a better than average chance of taking that officer down. Of course these studies aren't always what happens when the actual situation comes down.
I make these comparisons because if a team looks like professionals they will be more apt to play like professionals.
When the competition sizes them up, they will think differently.