Sunday’s roundup: Mattingly, Marlins say no facial hair

Associated Press

Jupiter, Fla. — For the first time in his major league career, Don Mattingly’s team has a policy of no facial hair.

And as the Marlins’ new manager, he’s the one enforcing the rule.

The Marlins allowed players to have beards the past two years, but that changed under an organizational policy adopted after Mattingly was hired.

“Initially not too many guys were happy about it,” said reliever Mike Dunn, who shaved off his goatee before reporting to spring training. “You can fight it, or you don’t. Obviously I shaved, so it’s OK.”

Mattingly said he didn’t care whether players were allowed to have beards, goatees or mustaches, but supported the new rule.

“Guys will whine,” Mattingly said Sunday. “Some guys like it, some guys won’t. As long as we’re consistent, I think it’s not that big of a deal.”

But it’s new for Mattingly. The Dodgers allowed facial hair when Mattingly was their manager for five seasons, and he wore a mustache when he was an All-Star first baseman for the Yankees.

In 1991 he was benched for refusing to cut his hair, and says his complaint was that the rule was not being enforced equitably among everyone on the Yankees.

“It wasn’t really that complicated,” he said.

Braun to left

Brewers star Ryan Braun is on deck to shift back to left field.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Braun will switch this spring from right field to his former position.

Braun spent two seasons in right field after moving over from left. The slugger was the NL Rookie of the Year in 2007 as a third baseman.

Around the horn

The Dodgers and Cuban pitcher Yaisel Sierra have finalized a $30 million, six-year contract.

Sierra, a 24-year-old right-hander, will get a $6 million signing bonus in the deal announced Sunday. Half of the bonus is payable 15 days after the contract is approved by Major League Baseball and Sierra obtains all permissions needed to enter and work in the U.S.

The other half is payable on Dec. 15.

... Jeremy Guthrie, who started Game 7 of the 2014 World Series for the Royals, signed a minor league contract with a spring training invitation with the Rangers.

Guthrie, 36, was 8-8 with a 5.95 ERA in 30 games last season.