One major problem is that the face of the Fish, Hanley Ramirez, is fond of both these things. The National League's best shortstop threw a fit after cutting his cornrows, cutting loose with some Magic Marker-fueled cuss words.
"After the star shortstop was forced to shear his long locks, he strolled through the clubhouse sharing his opinion of the new fashion rules across his chest, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
"I'm sick of this s---," the message read, in thick Sharpie letters.
"I'm angry," Ramirez said. "I want to be traded."
Ramirez was not only forced to cut off his cornrows under the new policy, he also won't be allowed to wear jewelry while playing.
"It's incredible," he said later. "We're big-leaguers."
A chat with the Marlins brass seemed to do wonders for Ramirez, however, because just a few hours after the protest, he was all smiles.
"Everything's great, I'm fine," he said. "My mind calmed down."
The unfavorable reaction from Ramirez raises an interesting debate. Is it in the best interest of a major-league team like the Marlins to impose these rules on their players?
There's no doubt that they have the authority to do such, but is making sure your second baseman isn't wearing bling worth causing a ruckus in the clubhouse? And, is a relief pitcher's goatee really going to hamper the team's success?
I'm sort of old school when it comes to the jewelry. I'm not a big fan of audacious gold chains bouncing up and down when a player is running the bases. Tilted hats drive me crazy as well. So, I can see the reasons for a team to run a so-called "classy" looking ballclub.
But when rules on hairdos have your franchise player angrily demanding a trade, maybe it's time to look at the cost-benefit ratio.