The Marlins have lifted their ban on facial hair, and players could not be happier.
Manager Don Mattingly finally relented on to allow players to let their facial follicles grow free because so many grumbled about having to stay clean shaven.
“It was a constant fight last year, honestly, with guys,” Mattingly said, via the Miami Herald.
The ban went into effect when Mattingly took over as manager two seasons ago. However, the facial hair ban has been a hot topic with the Marlins for about 15 years, when Jeffrey Loria became the owner of the team.
Beards and mustaches were allowed in 2012, but the ban was put in place again in 2016.
While players are allowed to grow out their facial hair again, their beards and mustaches must look neat, according to Mattingly.
“Groomed is what we talked about,” Mattingly said. “We talked about keeping it groomed and being professional.”
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