Wednesday, February 10, 1999

Vaughn may call Marge about goatee

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Accustomed to going for the fences, Greg Vaughn may take another big swing in his attempt to keep his beloved goatee.

        Eric Goldschmidt, Vaughn's agent, said Tuesday he'll try to convince the Reds' new slugger to telephone team owner Marge Schott and ask her to lift the franchise's long-time ban on facial hair.

        “I'm going to recommend to Greg that he give Mrs. Schott a call and see if the two of them can work something out,” Goldschmidt said.

        “I can't say anything,” said Schott, who has been stripped of day-to-day control of the franchise by Major League Baseball and is prohibited from commenting on most club matters because of a suspension.

        As the representative for Reds captain Barry Larkin and other former Cincinnati standouts such as Eric Davis, Ron Gant and Reggie Sanders, Goldschmidt is familiar with Schott's fondness of humble family men. Upon being traded from the San Diego Padres to the Reds last Tuesday, Vaughn said that he has played virtually his entire career with a goatee and that his 9-year-old son, Cory, and four-year-old daughter, Genay, have never seen him without it.

        “I think once she talks to Greg, maybe she can sympathize with where he's coming from,” Goldschmidt said. “Greg's a great guy, a good family man.”

        Former General Manager Bob Howsam, who built the franchise's “Big Red Machine” powerhouses , instituted the facial hair ban in 1967.

        Though it has not been seriously challenged since, Vaughn, who hit 50 homers last year, might be the player to do it. Only Schott, who retains a measure of power, can alter the policy.

        “It's her rule,” Goldschmidt said. “They (Schott and Vaughn) are the two parties that can do something about it.”

        Speculation already has begun that if Schott maintains the ban, Vaughn could file a grievance with the Players Association.

        “But that's not something he really wants to do,” Goldschmidt said. “He wants to resolve the matter with Mrs. Schott.”


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