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Men with beards are the new face of baseball
Men with beards are the new face of baseball

Pennant races always had the potential to get a little hairy, and these days that's not always about late-inning rallies, fluke bounces or the questionable call by an umpire. Sometimes, it's the actual hair. Last season's World Series between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals was tabbed a "Battle of the Beards" as players built upon bold hirsute statements such as the one Brian Wilson (a.k.a. "The Beard") made with the 2010 champion San Francisco Giants. Baseball beards run the gamut, from garden-variety trimmed mustaches, to soul patches and Fu Manchus, to full-grown face bushes like the one sported by Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke. "It's basically the epitome of man,"...

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