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The Yankees Are Right: Tradition Matters More Than Uniform Numbers and Names on Jerseys


Unquestionably, one of the most recognizable teams in the history of Major League Baseball is the New York Yankees. Since 1903, the Yankees have firmly established their status as the sport’s elite team by winning 40 American League titles and 27 World Series championships. Nonetheless, the club has recently been under fire for refusing to have names added to their jerseys and considering canceling manager uniforms due to a shortage of numbers. Yet, as a true conservative, I consider tradition to be far more significant than the fixed numbers and names on jerseys.

Let’s start by thinking about the topic of retiring numbers. One of the best players in Baseball history, Yogi Berra, and Bill Dickey, both had their numbers 8 and 42 retired by the Yankees. This demonstrates the team’s dedication to rewarding outstanding performers and players who have had a lasting influence on the franchise. Baseball teams can pay tribute to their most cherished players thanks to the long-standing custom of retiring numbers.

Furthermore, the Yankees’ contemplation of removing manager uniforms is a sensible course of action given the problem of running out of accessible numbers. It is becoming more and more difficult for teams to find available uniform numbers with the MLB roster cap of 26 players. It is crucial to keep in mind that baseball is a tradition-rich sport, and the need that managers to wear uniforms is founded on this heritage. Yet because of current technology, there are new precautions that may be taken without the need for coaches to wear a uniform on the field. Teams should therefore not be reluctant to make the required changes to their traditions in order to stay on top of the game.

Let’s finally discuss the problem of names on uniforms. While some contend that it is crucial for spectators to be able to recognize players, the Yankees’ steadfast adherence to tradition may be shown in their decision to forgo adding names to their uniforms. From the team’s beginning, playing without names on their jerseys has become a part of who they are. The Yankees are staying true to their heritage and upholding a long-standing tradition by continuing to defy the trend of attaching names to jerseys.

The New York Yankees are a team that prioritizes tradition above all else, to sum up. Even while some may be critical of their decision to forgo adding names to their jerseys, retiring more numbers, or discontinuing manager outfits, these customs are fundamental to who they are as a team. As a conservative, I think tradition matters, so we shouldn’t be hasty to write off the long-standing traditions that have helped the Yankees become the storied franchise they are today.

Alexandra Russel
Alexandra Russel
Highly respected journalist and political commentator with over a decade of experience in the industry. Alex was born and raised in Florida, where she developed a passion for writing at a young age, leading her to pursue a degree in journalism from the University of Florida. After graduation, she worked as a political reporter for several local and national publications before being appointed as the chief editor at Conservative Fix.

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