Don Mattingly, manager of the Miami Marlins and the former owner of a luxurious mustache, instituted a no facial hair policy for Marlins players in 2016. And now, a year later, he’s reversing course. Marlins players are now free to grow mustaches and beards and goatees. Well, mostly free.
Mattingly changes facial hair policy this season. Marlins players can have facial hair, but they must keep it "groomed and professional."
— Will Manso (@WillManso) February 14, 2017
If anyone needs to get a gift for a Marlins player with facial hair, beard grooming kits, electric trimmers, and adorable little mustache combs should be on your list.
The no facial hair policy was contentious at times, which Mattingly admitted on Tuesday.
Mattingly on relaxed face hair policy: "Didn't seem like that big a thing" while watching playoffs. Called it a "constant fight" last year.
— Tim Healey (@timbhealey) February 14, 2017
Early on, players had a tough time keeping their faces free of hair, at least to Mattingly’s liking. Pitcher Andrew Cashner, who was traded to the Marlins midseason, had to shave off his beard, and he was not happy about it. In fact, he said that facial hair policies would be on his mind when entertaining contract offers during the offseason.
Cashner said “I still hate” the Marlins’ no-beard rule and “that is a big deal to me in free agency.”
Cashner ended up signing with the Rangers, who allow their players to grow whatever they want on their faces. As for the Marlins’ new policy, the “groomed and professional” part is important. If Marlins players are looking for guidance, allow us to give them a little help. Andrew Miller’s beard?
Groomed and professional. But Jayson Werth’s beard?
Yeah, that one’s probably not allowed. (Or maybe his long mane of unkempt hair is throwing me off? It’s hard to tell.) Jason Kipnis’ beard is definitely on the “yes” list.
Definitely yes. But Hunter Pence?
That’s a big nooooope. Has anyone checked to make sure a family of squirrels hasn’t made their home in his beard?
You know, you could interpret this policy change as a secret signal that Mattingly is thinking about bringing back his amazing mustache. That’s probably not happening, but we can all hope, right?
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