Mattingly establishes that he is unequivocally in control and he can enforce something like this on a regular, even daily basis. Mattingly is the Police and players are like those drivers speeding on the highway now. Let's not forget that Don played with facial hair and even spoke out about it.
Personally, I find it ridiculous to treat men like they are not in fact men, but then expect them to act like men in every other area while on the job. I'm curious what's next? Room Checks and a curfew? No wives or girl friends on road trips? Of course that is an exaggeration (or is it?).
In fairness to Don, even Joe Maddon had a terrible rule for young players my first MLB spring training. The rule? You must show at least 4" of socks between your shoes and pant leg. Why did we have this rule for players under one year of MLB service time (especially considering we had George Hendrick the man who revolutionized wearing pants down on our staff)? One person: Elijah Dukes. I'll let you research Elijah on your own, but basically he did not handle authority well so this rule was put into place to ensure that he understood that Joe was in control.
Which player Mattingly is actively showing he is the man in charge down in Miami is anyone's guess, but the use of might through policy to gain respect in a clubhouse when you were such a great player yourself seems like a waste of time. I can't imagine there will be too many Andre Ethier incidents in Miami, but perhaps that is what he wants to circumvent.
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