Brian Wilson offered $1 million to shave beard, pitches scoreless inning in Tommy John return

David Brown
Big League Stew

Brian Wilson's beard is back. Only, for how long?

Just as Wilson made his debut in 2013 after signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers and recovering from another Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery, a razor blade company reportedly has offered him $1 million to shave his legendary and ridiculous beard.

Radar Online cuts to the point: has been in negotiations with the 31-year-old baseball pro to have him shave off his beard and they’ve offered him a lucrative 7-figure deal, which would also have Brian become a brand ambassador for the company.

“His management feels we need to match his present salary of $1 million at a minimum,” Co-Founder and President of Philip Masiello told Radar.

Fittingly, it might take 800 razors to make Wilson's iconic beard completely disappear, so this might work out. So out-of-control is Wilson's dyed-black coral reef of a beard, he's humorously added a ponytail to it.

Were it not for the razor blade company's offer, the main Wilson news of the day would be his first appearance since recovering from a second Tommy John surgery. He hadn't pitched since April 2012 with the San Francisco Giants.

Added to L.A.'s roster earlier in the week but not appearing until the series finale, Wilson did well against the Miami Marlins on Thursday afternoon, tossing a scoreless ninth inning in a 6-0 victory for the Dodgers. It was a fairly low-leverage situation for him, taking over for Clayton Kershaw, and giving him a chance to finish a game.

Wearing uniform No. 00 (of course), Wilson reached 94 mph on the stadium gun, blowing a fastball past slugger Giancarlo Stanton, and later freezing him with an 88-mph cut fastball for a strikeout.

Watch him K!

The Dodgers improved to 28-5 since the All-Star break and are 75-52 overall, going from 9 1/2 games out to 9 1/2 ahead in the NL West. Adding an effective reliever to their bullpen — while not expecting Wilson to be at his career best — would be a masterstroke by GM Ned Colletti.

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