There's a connection here. I'm just not sure what it is. On Friday -- one day after the Marlins will begin laying sod at their new ballpark -- new shortstop Jose Reyes will have his lengthy dreadlocks snipped off on MLB Network.
When Reyes signed with the Marlins in December, he said he would have no trouble complying with the team's mandate on short hair. "No problem at all," Reyes said then. "That's not going to affect me and the way I play the game. I've got to cut it off, no problem."
Seeing as how the Marlins are paying him $106 million over the coming six seasons, it would seem to be a rather small concession for Reyes to make. Besides, he has no choice. Nor would he be the first Marlin to be de-locked before the start of spring training. Josh Johnson, Hanley Ramirez and the player formerly known as Leo Nunez (i.e. Juan Carlos Oviedo) were all taken to the barber's chair when they showed up at camp with excessive hair growth.