Maybe the Marlins newest asset had something to do with it. Maybe it was the success he had enjoyed while being a part of a unique clubhouse. Either way you look at it, the Marlins have decided to lift their ban on facial hair – another sign that perhaps Jeffrey Loria is loosening up the reigns on control of his franchise.
And Jarrod Saltalamacchia couldn’t be happier.
The Miami Herald reports that the beard allowance comes with a conditional – they have to be well-maintained. Clark Spencer suggests it was Saltalamacchia who may have had a hand in getting the amendment from Loria. Regardless, the Marlins will be allowed to have beards and reportedly Saltalamacchia and Casey McGehee are already rocking them. Will it help develop better chemistry? Who knows. But don’t expect a repeat of the Amish-like appearances from last year’s Red Sox.