'Well-groomed' facial hair permitted for Marlins

February 13th, 2018

MIAMI -- The Marlins will enter Spring Training with clarity regarding one hot topic. The players will be permitted to have facial hair, as long as it is "well-groomed."

Miami's chief executive officer Derek Jeter addressed the subject publicly on Tuesday at a news conference at Marlins Park.

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Jeter, who played his entire career with the Yankees, was part of an organization that had a strict facial-hair policy. The Marlins are being more lenient.

"Well-groomed," Jeter said. "You want people to look professional. I think if you look professional, you act professional. I know the Yankees, obviously, weren't allowed to have any facial hair with the exception of a mustache, which never worked for me, but I think you do want players -- they're individuals, they have their personalities -- you want them to be able to represent themselves and their families and the organization, but you want them to do that in a professional manner."

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Worth noting

• The Marlins are planning a tribute for , the two-time All-Star who died in a boating accident in 2016.

"We've been in contact with Jose's family," Jeter said. "We understand that it was a tragedy, obviously. We're in constant communication with the family. We will honor Jose and what he's meant to this organization in the near-term future. How we do that is still up for discussion."

• Ideally, the Marlins would like for more home games to be played with the retractable roof open at Marlins Park.

"I'd like to open it more," Jeter said. "When you get into the summer months it can be quite hot and it rains a little bit, but I think early in the season and late in the season, I think there's an opportunity to open it more."

• In honor of the franchise's 25th anniversary, the Marlins will wear a special logo patch on their uniforms. In June, the club also will wear throwback jerseys. But Jeter is not committed to going entirely back to having the organization wear teal.

"We are moving forward, too," he said. "We're just getting started here. For us, it's moving forward. Yeah, we recognize the history of the organization, it's been 25 years, this is an organization that won two World Series championships, we want to recognize that this year. But we're also at the same time looking forward."

• Michael Jordan has a small ownership stake in the Marlins, and Jeter said at some point, he may ask the NBA legend to speak to the players.

"I'm sure I'll ask him at some point to speak to our players," Jeter said. "You're talking about someone who has been on a team sport, who has had as much success as anyone in professional sports. He has a lot of wisdom and advice he can pass on to our players, not only at the Major League [level] but throughout the organization."

• The Marlins have yet to decide the future of the Home Run Sculpture. "We're constantly looking at how we can improve the in-park experience for our fans," Jeter said. Asked of his thoughts on the sculpture, Jeter said: "It's big. It's unique."