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Marlins adopt no facial hair policy

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Via MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro

Razors are in and beards are out at Marlins camp.

Part of the organizational makeover, which included hiring Don Mattingly as manager, is adopting a complete no facial hair policy. It’s a total clean-cut look — no mustaches, goatees or trimmed beards allowed.

The Marlins want to keep the focus on the field, and one of the most noticeable steps taken is to have uniformity when it comes to facial hair. The last time the club had a strict facial hair policy was in 2006, when Joe Girardi was managing.

It seems a little silly for a professional baseball team to tell an adult how he should groom himself, especially in a day and age when facial hair is widely accepted and considered in-style.

“Initially, not too many guys were happy about it,” Marlins reliever Mike Dunn told MLB.com on Sunday. “Obviously, I shaved. It grows back.”

The new policy comes from an upper-managment group that approved this thing …

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Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.