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Not only has Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Adam Lind transformed himself into a .300 hitter this season, he's also apparently becoming a cackling pro wrester who was most famous in the late '80s.
Lind's contributions at the plate are helping the red-hot Blue Jays, tops in the AL East with a 37-24 record. He's a career .271 hitter, but he's hitting.349 so far in 34 games, his season having been shortened by injuries.
Is his facial hair helping? Beard Watch would like to think so.
He looks like: It's Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart all the way, thanks to that marvelous goatee. Neidhart is best known from his days in the World Wrestling Federation, tag-teaming with Bret "The Hitman" Hart as The Hart Foundation. Lind, however, might be entering ZZ Top territory if he keeps the goatee growing.
Beard history: Lind traded in his ho-hum tightly groomed beard of 2013 for the wild goatee you see today. But even more startling is the transformation from his clean-shaven 2012 days. Behold.
All-Star break beard outlook: The Blue Jays have some other bearded bashers — like the precisely groomed Jose Bautista and the shaggy Jose Reyes. If Toronto continues its recent dominance in the AL East, we might need to strip Jonny Gomes and Mike Napoli of the Red Sox of the titles and anoint Lind and one of his teammates as the Beard Watch Tag Team Champions of the World.
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