Don Mattingly has relaxed the Marlins' facial hair policy

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Don Mattingly, manager of the Marlins, in his former life as a baseball player/mustache-haver. (AP Photo)
Don Mattingly, manager of the Marlins, in his former life as a baseball player/mustache-haver. (AP Photo)

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.


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.

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The no facial hair policy was contentious at times, which Mattingly admitted on Tuesday.


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?

Andrew Miller has a high quality beard. (Getty Images)
Andrew Miller has a high quality beard. (Getty Images)

Groomed and professional. But Jayson Werth’s beard?

If Jayson Werth was on the Marlins, he’d have to trim that beard. (Getty Images)
If Jayson Werth was on the Marlins, he’d have to trim that beard. (Getty Images)

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.

Jason Kipnis definitely has a well-groomed beard. (Getty Images)
Jason Kipnis definitely has a well-groomed beard. (Getty Images)

Definitely yes. But Hunter Pence?

There might be things living in Hunter Pence’s beard. (Getty Images)
There might be things living in Hunter Pence’s beard. (Getty Images)

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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