Shave the date: Marlins soften stance on facial hair

New Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia will not have to shave his beard after the team ends a long-standing policy on facial hair.

Steve Mitchell/Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins manager Mike Redmond told reporters in Jupiter, Fla. Tuesday morning that the club’s policy on facial hair has been tweaked.

Redmond said it’s now okay if players have beards, which ends a long-standing team policy in place since Jeffrey Loria became owner.

"This year we’re going to let them have beards, but they’ve got to keep them trimmed up — and the hair, too," Redmond said. "We just don’t want it to look sloppy."

According to Redmond, it was an "organization" decision.

The most notable player in camp with facial hair is catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who sports a beard and shaggy hair.

Saltalamacchia, whose beard was nicknamed "The Saltine," was part of last year’s World Series-winning Boston Red Sox that made headlines for their facial hair.

You can follow Christina De Nicola on Twitter @CDeNicola13 or email her at cdenicola13@gmail.com.