For most of the past three seasons, baseball has found itself in the midst of a hairy situation.
No, not the latest performance-enhancing drug investigation threatening to rock the sport, but the one growing directly upon the chinny chin chins of today's major leaguers.
Beards. Chin warmers. Crumb catchers.
Once rarely seen around the big leagues, beards are suddenly as stylish as tight baseball pants were in the 1980s, with players sporting beards of every shape, style and length.
While many players simply look unshaven (and who can blame them with costly razor-blade replacements), most keep their beards tightly manicured and well-groomed.
Other free spirits like Josh Reddick of the A's and Jayson Werth of the Nationals took their whiskers to another level, looking more like Grizzly Adams than grizzled veterans.
The trend-setter of Beard Nation, of course, was former Giants closer Brian Wilson during San Francisco's World Series run in 2010. What started as a scraggly brown beard late in the season bloomed into a thick, black-dyed beard that inspired a postseason rallying cry "Fear the Beard!" for Giants fans.
Bullpen-mate Sergio Romo followed with a "Fear the Beard Lite" version, and soon whiskers began sprouting from one big-league clubhouse to the next.
Is this trend worth keeping or is it time to shear the beard?
Do you like today's baseball players wearing beards?
Yes, nice look
As long as it's groomed
No, shear the beard
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