Several Marlins sport fresh cuts
JUPITER, Fla. – The Marlins trimmed their list of players at Spring Training by five players, scratched two from their starting lineup and found out their closer was going to be out of action for at least the next 7-10 days.
But the list of healthy Marlins wasn’t the only thing getting smaller – so was the hair on some of their players.
One day after owner Jeffrey Loria made his first visit to Roger Dean Stadium since pitchers and catchers reported, several Marlins checked in with haircuts. Included among them were center fielder Cameron Maybin, reliever Leo Nunez, starter Josh Johnson and shortstop Hanley Ramirez.
“It’s a new thing,” Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “We’re trying to keep it nice and neat, and the guys have done a terrific job.”
The reason for the haircut mandate?
“Maybe jealousy on my part,” the bald Gonzalez joked.
Perhaps nobody was most affected than Johnson, who was sporting a full-blown afro at Roger Dean Stadium on Sunday.
The 25-year-old right-hander did say he was going to cut it off anyway, but he didn’t end up going to a barber, as reliever Logan Kensing – an amateur barber at best – ended up cutting Johnson’s and Nunez’s hair with a pair of clippers he bought at Wal-Mart.
“Somebody had to do it,” said Kensing, who usually has Dan Uggla cut his hair while they’re on the road.
– Alden Gonzalez