Magazine article Risk Management

Baseball's Beer Ban

Magazine article Risk Management

Baseball's Beer Ban

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After St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock died in a car accident where police declared he was legally intoxicated earlier this year, there has been a backlash against allowing alcohol in Major League Baseball clubhouses. There were no reports of Hancock drinking at the stadium, but at least 13 MLB teams now ban alcohol in the clubhouse or on team flights--many in response to Hancock's death.

Team-provided beer has been a long-standing, post-game tradition in baseball, but according to 17-year MLB veteran Luis Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the modern culture has changed things. "Players don't hang out afterwards like they used to, beer or no beer," Gonzalez told reporter Marcia Smith of the Orange County Register. Or, as Smith puts it, that culture has gone away "with the alcohol-sloshed era of Mickey Mantle turning the Yankee Stadium clubhouse into a tavern."

But there is certainly a case against post-game beer. …

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