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Jose hair auction was Collins' idea

Jose Reyes conformed to Miami Marlins policy by cutting off his dreadlocks, and it turned out being a big win for charity. In bidding that has just closed, Reyes' hair sold for $10,200 on eBay, with the proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida.

It's actually interesting that it took Reyes going to the Marlins for this idea to materialize.

A year ago, Terry Collins also wanted Reyes to cut his hair. But the Mets' first-year manager did not want to get off on the wrong foot with one of his core players, especially one known for potentially being sensitive.

The way Collins pitched to Reyes to cut his hair was to do it for charity, just as now has happened with the Marlins. Last year, when Collins proposed it though, Reyes declined -- and Collins was not more forceful in having Reyes cut his hair.

Scouts throughout the year remarked while watching batting practice that while the other Mets were wearing hats, Reyes would wear a skull cap and not conform. They drew more broad inferences about Reyes -- fairly or unfairly -- from observations like that.

Collins noticed, too. But the manager did not want to push the issue and risk agitating a star. So the old-school Collins let it slide, and decided if he was going to pick a battle, he'd do it over something larger.