Five players who need a shave

Updated: June 30, 2014, 2:57 PM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

I can't believe I'm saying this but ... I have to agree with the late George Steinbrenner. No, not calling Dave Winfield "Mr. May." But that maybe there should be a ban on facial hair. Or at least make some players take a long, hard look in the mirror so they can see their growth is way out of control, as evidenced by these "Five Players Who Need A Shave (Or At Least A Trim)." They are listed in alphabetical order.

1. Jason Motte, RHP, Cardinals

Jason MotteScott Rovak/USA TODAY SportsThe Cardinals reliever said during the World Series in October he hadn't shaved since 2008. "I don't think my wife or my little girl would know what to do if I came home clean-shaven.'' Maybe pop open a bottle of champagne and pour it over themselves?

2. Mike Napoli, 1B, Red Sox

NapoliAnthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports While his beard isn't as awful as last year, Napoli still makes the list for his role in popularizing the appalling razor-less look with the 2013 Red Sox. It's so bad his girlfriend was recently placed on the 60-day DL due to second-degree facial burns.

3. Derek Norris, C, Athletics

Derek NorrisBrad Mangin/MLB Photos/Getty ImagesHe missed two games over the weekend due to a stiff back, which team trainers and doctors believe was caused by the strain all that excess beard places on the rest of his body. Good Lord. How does he even get the catcher's mask on over that thick brush?

4. Jayson Werth, RF, Nationals

WerthKelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports

5. Brian Wilson, RHP, Dodgers

WilsonJake Roth/USA TODAY SportsLong before the bearded Red Sox received so much hype, Wilson's fuzz was so famous it sparked "Fear the Beard'' chants during San Francisco's 2010 season. Given his ineffectiveness on the mound this year, the chant should be "Shave the beard!"

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Senior Writer, ESPN.com

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