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Top 6 Beards Of 2013 MLB Playoffs

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Best Beards Of The 2013 MLB Playoffs

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Another postseason, another fresh crop of playoff beards. While the NHL may have the highest participation in the pro-circuit playoff facial hair contest, that doesn't mean members of MLB don't take the opportunity to join in the fun.

Many of these players have been carefully crafting their jawlines since April, and their dedication has paid off. The meticulous sculpting and trimming has proved contagious, spawning a widespread trend of beards that even Santa Clause would envy. Inspiration for the perfect beard is drawn from the MLB's facial hair hall of fame, which includes the scruff of Jeff Bagwell, Al Hrabosky, and the all-time mustached great — Rollie Fingers.

The postseason gives the ballpark Paul Bunyan imitators an ideal stage to showcase their finest facial features. Millions of viewers tune in every night in October to pay witness to the glory of playoff beard-dom, mesmerized by the perfection of great beards attached to equally great players.

Alas, not all facial hair craftsmen of the MLB are so lucky. Unable to convert their beards from regular season mediocrity to postseason glory are players such as Clay Zavada, Jayson Werth, and Dale Thayer. Maybe next year they will have a chance in both the facial hair title and a World Championship.

Following the inspiration of the 2004 team that reversed the curse under the leadership of arguably the best playoff beard of all time, the one that flourished on All-Star "Caveman" Johnny Damon, the Boston Red Sox have embraced the facial hair throughout the roster hoping to win the 2013 title, rendering it rare to find a clean face at Fenway.

The following players are host to the 2013 MLB postseason's finest demonstrations of manhood. The ladies love them, the men want to be them; they are the true Kings of October.

Caroline Ponessa is a Minnesota Twins writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @RantCaroline

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6. The Boston Red Sox

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Any team that hosts a "Dollar Beard Night" for their fans is obviously dedicated to their facial hair. In fact, the Red Sox could have their own "Best Beards" list, and many of them would eclipse others on this list. Therein lies the problem -- it is impossible to only pick one or two BoSox beards because it would in no way do justice to the entire squad.

The most ambitious players on the roster went Duck Dynasty, uncontrolled mayhem big. Mike Napoli leads the charge and is closely followed by Clay Buchholz, Mike Carp, Jonny Gomes, John Lackey, Dustin Pedroia, David Ross and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

David Ortiz, the most experienced post season player on the roster, heads the other group of players who have gone for a more refined bearded excellence. Following Ortiz with their cleanly landscaped jawlines are Craig Breslow, Ryan Dempster, Jacoby Ellsbury, Stephen Drew, Jon Lester, Will Middlebrooks and Shane Victorino.

The appearance of the 2013 postseason Red Sox is reminiscent of the 2004 "Idiots" of Fenway, who overcame the clean-cut New York Yankees and ultimately reversed the curse. The beards of this season's team shows they may be looking to utilize the same unconventionally goofy luck in hopes of another World Series title.

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5. Josh Reddick

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The Oakland Athletics' Josh Reddick's beard and hair combo runs a close second to Wilson's in its major league recognition. While Reddick cropped his usually flowing locks and unkempt facial hair back in April, the beard has returned just in time for the postseason. Though Reddick's October look is a bit more refined than we are used to seeing, his facial hair remains a dominating force in the American League.

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4. Jason Motte

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Jason Motte of the St. Louis Cardinals is loaded with postseason beard experience. In his fourth postseason appearance (with one World Series title under his furry chin), Motte's playoff facial hair has continued to go to new lengths. This October's beard reigns supreme over those of his past postseasons, and the pitcher is hopeful it will bring him the luck of another title.

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3. Matt Kemp

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The Dodgers' Matt Kemp is known for his carefully sculpted facial hair. The center fielder is arguably the league's most eligible bachelor, and his playoff beard has ladies everywhere swooning. Kemp's usual refined scruff is amped up for October, coming in thick while still retaining its clean look. Though Kemp has been sidelined by an unfortunate shoulder injury, his beard will continue to bring him glory in the postseason.

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2. Derek Norris and Sean Doolittle

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The Athletics roster boasts another high level of dedication to postseason beard glory.

The pitcher-catcher combo of Sean Doolittle and Derek Norris are no exception. The duo has fully committed to the October trend and maintain two of the better beards in the playoffs.

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1. Brian Wilson

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Not really sure who didn't see this one coming. With a slogan like, "Fear the Beard," there's really no contest. The Los Angeles Dodgers' Brian Wilson reigns as the undisputed champion of major league beards. The pitcher has been honing his epic facial hair for the past few years and just when you think it can't get weirder, it does.

Wilson has upped his beard game this October by adding a ponytail flare to the bottom, and accenting it with the most outrageous mohawk in the league. Wilson continues to go above and beyond when it comes to bearded beauty, and this surely won't be the last we see of his innovative style.