Battle of the Blondes: A.J. Burnett and the Top 5 Bleached Baseball Players

Christopher Chavez@@Chris_J_ChavezAnalyst IIAugust 13, 2011

Battle of the Blondes: A.J. Burnett and the Top 5 Bleached Baseball Players

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    A.J. Burnett has hopped on board the same boat that several other baseball players have taken in the past, and that is bleaching ones hair in order to reverse their bad fortune on the field. A.J. Burnett has not won a single game in the month of August for the New York Yankees and his rotation spot may be in jeopardy. Could his blond hair lead him to new-found dominance on the mound? 

    Let's take a look at some players in the past who have performed the same experiment, and look at their results. 

Honorable Mention: Manny Ramirez

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    This one could be chalked up to Manny being Manny, because when the Cleveland Indians slugger decided to dye his hair blonde, he was hitting very well. This was the young Manny Ramirez who was still experimenting with his look.

    In this case, he tried to go for a blonde look, but ended up with an orange buzz-cut. Manny Ramirez would continue to be a producer for the Indians with the reddish hair color. Eventually it went away and thus began Ramirez's work towards the signature dreadlocks. 

5. Charles Nagy

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    Charles Nagy is one of the most well-rounded players to have ever donned a Cleveland Indians uniform. Between 1996 and 1997, he recorded 32 wins. He decided to bleach his hair and go blonde for a bit in 1998. That season he would go 15-10 and the following season 17-11.

    Those were definitely not the results that he expected to come along with his new look. His ERA went up from 4.28 to 5.22 between 1997 and 1998. His blonde experiment failed. Now he's serving as the pitching coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks

    Blonde look? Thumbs down.

    Performance? Thumbs down.

4. Mike Piazza

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    There was a time during Mike Piazza's career where some questioned his sexuality and he decided to put an end to that by randomly dying his hair blonde. There was a day when the Mets were in Chicago and the catcher decided to head into a barber shop and test out something new.

    The Mets were near last place and some believe his logic was that his hair would bring the attention away from their place in the standings. In 2001, he hit 36 home-runs and had 96 runs batted in, so the look was working. It didn't work much to dispel the gay rumors, though.

    Blonde Look? Thumbs down.

    Performance? Thumbs up.

3. A.J. Burnett

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    A.J. Burnett has decided to turn to bleach to help him improve upon his mentality on the field by having fun. As if the pies after walk-off games and tattoos were not enough for the right-hander, he showed up to the Angels game at Yankee Stadium last week and stunned reporters.

    He did not win the game, but in several photos taken during the game he looks angered or lost. That's just the type of season it has been for him. The new look did have him pitch better than what has been seen earlier in the season. It is too early to tell if his project is a failure, but some might be quick to judge him after his start on Sunday against the Rays

    Blonde Look? Thumbs up.

    Performance? Too early to tell...

2. Dmitri Young

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    Dmitri Young is mostly known for his afro hairstyle that he rocked in Detroit that gave Oscar Gamble a run for his money, but when Young arrived in Cincinnati to play for the Reds he was sporting a blonde set of hair. It was short, but the impressive and appealing part was that he was able to get his goatee to match.

    In his career, he had 296 runs batted in with the Reds (which is the most for one team in his career). He started off his tenure with the Reds with a solid look to build upon his character, because he always has been a comedian to have around the clubhouse.

    P.S.: He looks like a blonde Mr. Brown from the Tyler Perry series in the photo.

    Blonde Look? Thumbs up.

    Performance? Thumbs up.

1. Hanley Ramirez

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    Hanley Ramirez falls into the same category as the previous player with the same last name. When you take a look at Ramirez's hair in the photo, you would call it red or orange. According to the Marlins shortstop, it was blonde. He also admits to doing it himself.

    Like some of the other players on this countdown, the reason they decide to change up their hair color is because of something on the field. Ramirez was moved from his spot as the lead-off hitter to the third slot.

    Blonde Look? Too funny not to let him win.

    Performance? Thumbs up.

    Here is the hilarious interview after the game with Ramirez.