Just about everyone is aware of the facial hair policy employed by the New York Yankees, the fact that beards are not allowed. But the Yankees aren't the only team that has preferred their players clean-shaven.
The Miami Marlins have also been known to have a beard ban, as well. That was, however, until this year.
Marlins players are now permitted to grow facial hair, as long as they keep it clean. Here is what manager Mike Redmond told MLB.com:
This year, we’re going to let them have beards, but they have to keep it trimmed up. And the hair, too. We just don’t want it to be sloppy, I guess. You can have a beard now. … We’re just always adjusting.
MLB.com writer Joe Frisaro notes the Marlins have allowed goatees and 5 o'clock shadows in the past. Full-on beards, however, were not okay.
The Marlins signed Jarrod Salatalamacchia this offseason away from the Boston Red Sox who famously grew beards on their way to a World Series title. Perhaps he helped pave way for the change with his new team.
While the Marlins are allowed to grow beards now, however, neck hair is still banned oddly enough. Check out Frisaro's article for more on that, if you are by chance interested.