Crappy cell phone pic from 2010 FanFest, Markakis is on the left
2010 Spring Training, Credit to the Baltimore Sun on this one
Longtime O's Nick Markakis and Luke Scott have generally rocked Grizzly Adams style beards in past offseasons, but had to shave when they officially reported to Spring Training. I don't think these glorious face-warmers will still be allowed, but at least they can have some sort of whiskers to keep them happy.
The Rick Sutcliffe autograph at the top of the post is definitely the best cardboard representative showing off Orioles facial hair in my collection. Between the full beard and the mullet, Sutcliffe might have had the overall best Orioles hair in Bawlmer history.
But the Red Baron wasn't the only Orioles player pictured on cards sporting some facial hair.
Mark McLemore sported a goatee in Baltimore and used it to collect dirt while stealing bases
The Fu Manchu-ness of Alan Mills' goatee helped to intimidate batters
And do you think Big Ben would've looked quite so badass without the facial hair?
No, he would not.
As I'm sure you can tell, I'm thrilled that the players finally have facial hair freedom in Baltimore. It was one of those silly rules that didn't help attract players to a perennially downtrodden franchise.
Will it help to bring any marquee free agents to the O's? Possibly not.
But could the clean shaven rule have ever tipped a player against signing with a team that already had trouble selling itself? There's a chance.
Fear the beards!! I guess I didn't realize the Birds had a facial hair policy. You always hear about the Yankees, but this is the first I have heard of the O's. At least it is now a thing of the past.
Yeah, it was a silly rule that the players had been trying to change for some time.
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