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Hanley Ramirez on Marlins' new dress code: 'I'm sick of this #@$%'

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hanley-ramirez-florida-marlins-dress-code.jpgThe Florida Marlins are taking a page out of the New York Yankees' book and instituting a rigorous new dress code that frowns upon long hair and earrings.

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.

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All of Major League Baseball should adopt these rules. Hair and jewelry has become a distraction and could be a serious safety issue. Who would be responsible if a player's chain catches on something and he chokes to death? Hair and braids so long that they don't fit under a baseball cap look unprofessional. What you do while you are on your off time is your own business, but while MLB is paying you you need to look like a baseball player. Every job has rules that you have to follow. Respect the game!

I really like the idea of dress codes. This is a professional sport, young people look up to these athletes, I think it shows they take this seriously if they look serious.

I was watching the MLB channel of the old games, where people came to the park in a shirt an tie. I'd much rather sit next to a guy with a shirt and tie than a very large, sweaty guy with "A-Rod Sucks" painted on his chest.

Maybe if all the ballplayers showed some class, the fans (who idolize these athletes) would follow suit.

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