Playoff beards back around baseball this October 

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 A’s 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.

With a recent move from the Giants to the rival Los Angeles Dodgers, Wilson is back in the playoffs. Despite the often sore sight of Wilson’s ratty dyed-black ’do, he has earned his share of respect.

“It’s impressive, and it’s got a World Series ring,” A’s reliever Sean Doolittle said.

Doolittle has a good one himself, unusual with its varying colors featuring a blond tuft.

For many in this superstitious, unshaven fraternity, there’s no shaving until season’s end. Let those rally beards grow.

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