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Tankersley sporting handlebar mustache

Tankersley sporting handlebar mustache

MIAMI -- Getting promoted back to the big leagues was a first step for lefty reliever Taylor Tankersley. Getting his handlebar mustache to meet team approval was the second step.

You can say Tankersley was two-for-two before even throwing a pitch.

The Marlins recalled the 27-year-old left-hander from Triple-A New Orleans on Thursday, and he was in a big league uniform for the first time since July 2008.

A change from then to now is his handlebar mustache. The Marlins have a facial hair policy. Goatees and 'staches are allowed, if they are well groomed.

"I like it," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It met regulation."

Actually, Tankersley was told to trim it slightly. Otherwise, he should be in good shape.

Tankersley was among several players at Triple-A New Orleans who have sported mustaches this season.

Tankersley was featured along with some other New Orleans players recently in a Cox 4 New Orleans report called the "Saga of the Stache."

Among the "coolest" people who have mustaches, Tankersley said, is Ron Burgundy from the movie "Anchorman."

Several players in New Orleans have since shaved, but Tankersley and reliever Brett Sinkbeil kept theirs.

Tankersley noted that his wife also is fond of the 'stache.

"She likes it. That's one of the reasons I kept it," he said.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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