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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.

Should the league have a say in regards to facial hair on players?

@fromblue2U I agree, I think it's important to keep things neat and clean though. This is sports though, not the business place, so we'll trimmed facial hair shouldn't be an issue
I don't agree with this. The players should be allowed to sport their facial hair. It's like a right of passage that's been warned over time. The right express yourself while doing what you love.
Not a damned thing! I can see if it was neat and trimmed facial hair, but completely off!? that is waaayyyyyy out of bounds! That's like an employer telling a black person that they need to straighten their hair to come to work and that their locs/braids/afro is unacceptable.
@kyleberke as long as it's enforced across the board with all players, I don't mind the rule really
@mchylang I think the teams have a bit more say in dress attire while on the field or on the sidelines, but their is a murky point when it comes to tattoos and facial hair
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