Hinske attempts to rally troops with Mohawk

Hinske attempts to rally troops with Mohawk

MIAMI -- Eric Hinske returned to the visitors' clubhouse at Sun Life Stadium late Tuesday afternoon sporting a Mohawk that made him look one of the NFL's bruising fullbacks.

"That's the coolest cut on the team," Braves second baseman Dan Uggla said. "I can't pull that off. He's got the tats and he's huge. He's got that whole [tough guy] look going."

This is the first time Hinske has worn a Mohawk since he and a number of his Rays teammates donned them late in the 2008 season, which concluded with a run to the World Series. Because he has always kept his head cleanly shaven, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez will not be following the lead of Rays manager Joe Maddon, who also donned a Mohawk after his players started wearing them three years ago.

But Braves hitting coach Larry Parrish has agreed to change to a Mohawk if the team wins five games in a row before the end of the season.

Uggla, Craig Kimbrel and Arodys Vizcaino are among the Braves who have spent time this year wearing a fauxhawk, which gives the look of a Mohawk without having to shave the sides of their heads.