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Blue Jays' Brian Tallet steals Bautista's facial hair, not his mojo

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Jose Bautista(notes) of the Toronto Blue Jays (on the left) has been the big leagues' most prodigious slugger this season; his 37 J-Baumbs lead the majors.

He also was known for having the beardiest beard in baseball this side of spring-training Jayson Werth(notes) until suddenly shaving it before Tuesday night's 6-2 loss at Oakland.

Jays left-hander Brian Tallet(notes), Canadian God bless him, is not known for leading the league in anything — except a willingness to wear any kind of facial hair. He's tried all kinds of looks since breaking in with the Cleveland Indians in 2003.

A member of the Mustache Re-Population Vanguard in 2009, Tallet (right) is going all out with Bautista's beard on the DL. Ladies and gentlemen, Ambrose Burnside 3000! Also, yikes and egads! It's Wolverine meets Lon Chaney Junior Jr.

The extra hair did not help against the Athletics; Tallet allowed two runs in his two-plus innings in taking the loss. But that doesn't mean we can't give him more face time.

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This was Tallet's look in early 2009, when we started again to point with fascination at ballplayers with moustaches.

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By June of '09, Tallet's pencil had blossomed into a beard and mane for which lions have maimed and murdered.

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Obviously in the middle of shaving when Cito Gaston called for him to warm up, Tallet was stuck with the beginnings of mutton chops come September '09.

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The red Jays cap really brings out the 19th century in Tallet's face.

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General Ambrose Burnside, of course, popularized Tallet's look back in the 1860s. That didn't help him much as commander of the Army of the Potomac.

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Tallet also reminds me of this guy from "Armed and Dangerous."

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This is what happens to Tallet's face just seconds after he shaves it clean. Like Tribbles or Gremlins, his hairs multiply exponentially.

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Ah, rookies. Which stands out more? The goatee, or the oversized Chief Wahoo on mesh?

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