Bob Melvin plans to start Sean Manaea in at least one of Oakland's split-squad days during spring training, he told beat reporters on Saturday. The first of two of those days is March 4, when the A's visit the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields while hosting the Colorado Rockies at HoHoKam Stadium. Manaea is Oakland's top pitching prospect, and while he's not expected to jump from Double-A to the big leagues out of spring training, there's a strong chance the left-hander joins the team midseason.
Perhaps more important, however, will be where he ranks in Oakland's hair competition.
Manaea lost a bet last year and had to shave his head. He hasn't cut it since. Had to go up a hat size to fit his hair.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) February 21, 2016
Manaea's hair basically went from this (bottom right)...
to this at the Arizona Fall League in November:
to this, today:
Sean Manaea has some fantastic hair: pic.twitter.com/aGQRr0FX72— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) February 21, 2016
Sean Manaea is here, and he has pretty great hair. pic.twitter.com/z4fMafTua5— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) February 21, 2016
One pitcher who has taken himself out of the running is reliever Ryan Dull, whose hair is in the worst shape of its life:
I hardly recognized Ryan Dull w/out the long locks. He cut his hair short, two days after getting home for offseason. #Athletics— Joe Stiglich (@JoeStiglichCSN) February 21, 2016
It won't be outfielder Coco Crisp, either:
Who is left for the best hair in spring camp, then? We're talking strictly the hair on the top of one's head, so no points for whatever John Axford elects to wear on his face in 2016, or for Sean Doolittle's Chewbacca-face.
R.J. Alvarez still has the flowing locks that Ryan Dull used to enjoy. He has options remaining, so he'll most likely start the year in Triple-A competing to be the next reliever up.
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Josh Reddick's pie-throwing hair
While Josh Reddick's hair doesn't have the bounce enjoyed by R.J. Alvarez or the sheer volume enjoyed by Sean Manaea, there is one circumstance where it just looks really good, whenever he throws a pie:
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A late re-addition to the spring roster, Bryan Anderson's long mane also functions as a spoiler to let him slow down and throw calmly to first against bunts in front of the plate:
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Cast your vote!