Players on the Miami Marlins will win at least once this season. They're now allowed to grow beards after the club changed the facial-hair policy that had been in place since Jeffrey Loria took over as owner. See, it wasn't just the Yankees living in the facial-hair dark ages.
“This year we’re going to let them have beards, but they have to keep them trimmed up, and the hair, too,” said manager Mike Redmond. “We just don’t want it to look sloppy.”
The reason for the change? It might have something to do with the 2013 Boston Red Sox, the bearded bros who came together to win a World Series. The Marlins can't be thinking they're contenders this year — but who knows, it's February, every team is allowed optimism.
The Marlins added one of those Series-winning Sox to their roster in the offseason when they signed Jarrod Saltalamacchia. They gave the catcher $21 million over three years, so why not let him wear a beard too? Once more, via The Herald:
Saltalamacchia said that when he met with Loria and front office executives before he signed his three-year deal with the Marlins, the topic of the Red Sox and their facial hair came up in the conversation.
Before you could say snip-snip, the rule was amended. Already, several players at spring training are walking around with legal beards. Most noticeable of those: Saltalamacchia, third baseman Casey McGehee, and relievers Chaz Roe, Chris Hatcher and Mike Dunn.
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