Beards allowed in slightly modified hair policy

JUPITER, Fla. — Beards could become fashionable in the Marlins clubhouse.

Well, at least they are no longer are in violation of team rules for Miami players.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia can keep his beard as part of relaxed team policy.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia can keep his beard as part of relaxed team policy.

The organization is modifying its hair policy to allow beards, under one stipulation. They are kept clean.

“This year, we’re going to let them have beards, but they have to keep it trimmed up,” manager Mike Redmond said. “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.”

In the past, players could have groomed goatees. And last year, Ricky Nolasco sported a mild beard on occasion, but he had to keep it closely trimmed.

“We try to keep the hair neat,” Redmond said. “It’s basically been the same rule since I played here.”

The player most impacted on the beard policy is reliever Chaz Roe, a non-roster invitee who came to camp with a longer beard than most. Roe can keep the beard, but he’s trimmed it a bit.

Hair on the back of the neck also has to been under control.

Lefty Brian Flynn said he had 3 1/2 inches of hair taken off the back of his neck to adhere to team policy.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who joins the Marlins after being with the Red Sox, is fine to keep his beard. His hair length also is fine.

“Salty is good,” Redmond said.

The Red Sox, of course, are known for having an anything goes hair policy.

The Marlins aren’t going that far.

Could Marlins players rival Red Sox players in the beard department?

“No, we’ve got to keep it neat,” Redmond said. “We don’t want to make it look sloppy. This is an organizational thing.”

As for hair on the back of the neck, Redmond said: “I would think you’d want to do that. Just to keep it clean.”

The Marlins have one of the younger teams in the league, which prompted Redmond to say: “We’ve only got a handful of guys who can grow a beard.”

Joe Frisaro

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