Whether people like it or not, fans and advertisers often judge a player based on their looks.
From a business standard, it seems as if front offices would like the players to remain clean shaven. The Yankees have enforced this rule for years. Over the past decade, we saw the NBA enlist a dress code policy.
Today, the Miami Marlins joined the party, as they are enforcing a no facial hair rule for all players.
Coach Don Mattingly said he didn't care whether players were allowed to have beards, goatees or mustaches but supported the new rule.
"Guys will whine," Mattingly said Sunday. "Some guys like it; some guys won't. As long as we're consistent, I think it's not that big of a deal."
"Initially not too many guys were happy about it," said reliever Mike Dunn, who shaved off his goatee before reporting to spring training. "You can fight it, or you don't. Obviously I shaved, so it's OK."
The odd part about Don Mattlingly supporting and enforcing this rule is in 1991 Mattingly was benched for refusing to cut his hair. He says his complaint was that the rule was not being enforced equally among everyone on the team.
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