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Playoff beards back around baseball this October

OAKLAND — Many a bearded major leaguer disapproves of the bushy black mess hanging from Brian Wilson's chin these days.

Yet there's no arguing the beard's potential as the relief pitcher chases a third World Series ring in four years.

"Horrible, but it fits him," said Oakland right fielder Josh Reddick, who trimmed his own beard during a funk earlier this season.

Across baseball, from the Bay Area to Boston and, this year, Southern California, those out-of-control playoff beards are back in a big way this October.

Hands down, the bushiest, most gnarly of them all belongs to Wilson. And he certainly can be considered among the trendsetters considering he grew his for the Giants' run to the World Series title three years ago and has hardly touched it or tamed it since.


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