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Sean Manaea's hair is in the best shape of its life

Is it the best hair on the Oakland Athletics?

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's hair basically went from this (bottom right)...

to this at the Arizona Fall League in November:

to this, today:

One pitcher who has taken himself out of the running is reliever Ryan Dull, whose hair is in the worst shape of its life:

It won't be outfielder Coco Crisp, either:

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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

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:

(Photo credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports)

Bryan Anderson

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!