By David Dwork

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New Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly was known during his playing days for having a great mustache.

Throughout his playing days and his early days as a coach and manager, Mattingly and his mustache were inseparable.

During the past couple years however, Miami’s skipper has adopted a more clean-shaven look and he’s going to make sure that all of his Marlins players follow the same sentiment.

Mattingly made news earlier this week by instituting a facial hair ban for all Marlins players and coaches, a move that drew criticism from the American Mustache Institute who said “Mattingly has turned his back on an opportunity to celebrate his Mustached American roots.”

Nevertheless, the impending lack of facial hair in Miami’s dugout this season led to the idea that we should celebrate some of the best facial hair in baseball, as there have been some epic looks in recent (and not-so-recent) years.

Danny Espinosa’s Beard Can Change In Length But Always Looks Solid

Danny Espinosa of the Washington Nationals watches from the dugout during his teammates at-bats during their 2-0 win against the Atlanta Braves in their game at Nationals Park on June 2, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Source: Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)

(Source: Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)

Ian Kennedy Rocks The Red Beard Quite Well 

Ian Kennedy #22 of the San Diego Padres pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park September 24, 2015 in San Diego, California.  (Source: Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

(Source: Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Few Words Can Describe The Awesomeness Of Brian Schlitter’s Look

Brian Schlitter of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the ninth inning on April 15, 2015 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Source: David Banks/Getty Images)

(Source: David Banks/Getty Images)

Jayson Werth’s Hair Just Keeps Growing And Flowing…

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 06: Jayson Werth #28 of the Washington Nationals follows his three RBI home run against the Atlanta Braves in the second inning at Nationals Park on September 6, 2015 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

(Source: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Long Yet Manicured, Dallas Keuchel Knows What He’s Doing

(Source: Bob Levey/Getty Images)

(Source: Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The Original Bearded Beast, Brian Wilson Set The Standard

(Source: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

(Source: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Mike Napoli Has One Of The Longest Tenured Beards In The Bigs

(Source: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

(Source: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

While The Looks Have Changes, John Axford Always Comes Strong

PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 20:  Relief pitcher John Axford #59 of the Milwaukee Brewers during the Major League Baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on July 20, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Brewers defeated the Diamondbacks 5-2 in 10 innings.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

(Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

He May Have Retired In 1985 But Rollie Fingers Still Has An Epic ‘Stache 

(Source: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

(Source: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Dennis Eckersley Was Known For His Awesome Mustache

25 Jul 1992:  Pitcher Dennis Eckersley of the Oakland Athletics prepares to throw the ball during a game against the Minnesota Twins. Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule  /Allsport

(Source: Otto Greule /Allsport)

And Last But Certainly Not Least…Donny Ballgame!

(Source: Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

(Source: Rick Stewart/Getty Images)


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