Re: Should The Reds Go Back To The Clean Shaven Look?
I still believe if you're a professional, grooming standards should be required. If the Reds have the intentions of returning to the Big Red Machine days by developing their players through the farm system and building for the longhaul, then why not institute a policy of being clean shaven with the exception of having mustaches? No earrings or jewelry while on the field?
Working for the Bureau of Prisons, image is half the job. Come in and look like a slob and the staff and inmates will look at you as some kind of joke. But if you come in well groom and dressed, that sets the tone.
Maybe it is different in sports. But I do believe several teams have dress codes for how they dress on the road. I'm not saying the Reds should ban facial hair. Mustaches would be allow but no earrings and jewelry while out on the playing field.
This won't correct the deficiencies with the major league roster. But, it sets the tone that the Reds are going back to that image of professionalism during the Big Red Machine era instead of the three-ring circus that was incorporated during the Marge Schott/Jim Bowden era.
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