Major League Baseball
The Bad News Beards
Baseball is one hairy sport, and the Nationals are the hairiest of the bunch.
Baseball. Hot dogs. Apple pie. Facial hair?
Lots and lots of facial hair. Epic hair. We’re talking Grizzly Adams meets Nordic god-type hair.
A tradition that is believed to have started in professional hockey as a show of team unity — or laziness, depending on who you ask — playoff beards have been trending in baseball. Those Boys of Summer oft look like the Mountain Men of Fall by the time the Series rolls around.
Of course, not all ballplayers are suspected of using performance-enhancing shampoos or waxes to cultivate their burly growths. Twenty percent of Major League Baseball’s active players are familiar with a revolutionary technology called razors. And another 30 percent sport the five o’clock shadow. Bearded ballers make up 14 percent of the league.
How do we know all this, you ask? The Washington Post combed through more than 1,000 photos between Sept. 20 to 28. Yes, by the time we were done with the analysis we had the facial hair to show for it. But the Nationals we are not — the team, surprisingly, was the hairiest in all of Baseballandia.
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Show your playoff team some love. Choose a picture of yourself and put a beard on it!*
*Note: This works best if you don't already have a beard. If you already have one, feel free to put more hair on your face.
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Fit your face inside this circle
1 Use these buttons to edit your image
2 Move and scale your image to fit inside the circle
3 Select a beard to add it to your image
4 Then type your name and Beardify!
SOURCES: American Mustache Institute, Wahl, Gillette, World Beard and Moustache Championships, www.dyers.org, beards.org, AP Images, Major League Baseball.
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