Boston Red Sox

Facial Hair Is Not in Boston Red Sox Closer Jonathan Papelbon's Future

Collin BerglundCorrespondent IIIJune 19, 2011

Jonathan Papelbon is not planning on adding facial hair to his repertoire in the near future.

Papelbon and Nick Swisher have moved the Boston Red Sox/New York Yankees rivalry off the field and into a new arena: shaving.

In a recent commercial, Papelbon and Swisher are put on each side of a split screen, Swisher shaving "wet" and Papelbon "dry."  

They are both using the Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D.

"I‘ve been using it for the past four years," Papelbon said. "They're at the cutting edge of travel razors, I don’t have to shave in the shower I can do it dry."

Papelbon said the razor was convenient because he was always on the go.

Is it possible that shaving routinely could improve a player's performance? The Elias Sports Bureau did research on the careers of three players: Johnny Damon, Freddy Garcia and Swisher.

Damon might be most recognizable with his beard, but the numbers show he might not be at his most effective with hair on his face. He averaged nine more stolen bases clean-shaven, and nearly all of his career highs have come beardless.

Garcia only recently took the clean-shaven look to the mound, but his career ERA with facial hair is 4.34. When he shaves, it is reduced to 3.60.

Swisher also has improved his numbers across the board with a clean shave.

Red Sox fans need not worry about facial hair bringing down their closer's stats. Papelbon said he doesn't see any mustaches, goatees or soul patches in his future.

"I like to keep it clean and look good," Papelbon said.

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