In response to 67redsox's comment:
In response to ZILLAGOD's comment:
When pro athletes started to get paid millions , they all started to see themselves as rock stars.
Go back and look at a team picture of the 1967 Red Sox, every player is clean shaven and has short hair. It gave a look of professionalism to sports figures.Late 60s NFL : Johnny Unitas was all business with his military style crew cut....the flamboyant Joe Namath had the long sideburns and longer hair, along with the playboy lifestyle. The Jets won and this was the dawn of the millionaire pro athlete.
They are all celebrities, millionaires and they do what the hell they want, they don't care to look or act professional anymore. THEY DON'T CARE THAT THEY ARE ROLE MODELS FOR THE YOUNG. All they care about is money , fame and image.
For Rock stars it has been part of the image for a long time. Athletes are not Rock stars, they were once held to a higher standard. But they don't care. When you can burn a hundred thousand bucks in one evening and not feel any loss, why care?
There is no reason why baseball should take a persons identity away. It's part of their makeup and makes them feel most comfortable.
This is coming from a 53 year old, just because everyone in the 80's had bell bottoms, silk shirts and perms doesn't mean they should today regardless of whether they play ball or just walk around in public.