Having a distinct hairstyle of some kind is one way that baseball players can express their personality or personal tastes a bit in a game that historically values uniformity and plainness. As hair styles changed and standards relaxed a bit in the 1970’s, MLB players started embracing longer hair, afros, curls, and all manners of wacky facial hair and beards. Trends have come and gone since then, but it seems we’re in quite a prolonged period of expressive hairstyles among ballplayers
So! I ask you, dear LL readers, to dig into the Mariners player archives give me....
Your All-Hair Mariners Team
Break it down by position, if you will. For example, in center field, do you prefer Dave Henderson’s classy ‘fro and handlebar mustache combo or Franklin Gutierrez’s precise fade with a wavy faux-hawk? Lots of choices at the pitcher position, be it Randy Johnson’s powerful mullet, JJ Putz’s fire red soul patch, or one of Félix Hernández’s many kingly #lewks over the years (the bleach blonde wildness was my favorite).
If you just want to write an ode to a single player’s locks, that’s fine, too. Just submit your answers regarding your favorite Mariners hair of all time in the form of a FanPost and we’ll front page the best submissions over the weekend.
Also, hockey players do this whole thing better while wearing helmets.