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Turns out that Jacob deGrom's hair has been helping him fool hitters this whole time

(David J. Phillip)

There is no shortage of reasons an MLB player should want to have long hair: It makes it easy for fans to dress up as you for Halloween. Man buns are really in right now, and it brings that into the realm of stylish possibilities. If your hair falls in your face, you can do your best Willow Smith impression after you mash a homer into the upper deck ...
But for Jacob deGrom, the real reason to keep rockin' those luscious locks is that they apparently help him fool hitters.
According to Bob Klapisch of, at least one hitter admitted that the hair was distracting:
This comes from someone who faced deGrom in the postseason last year, and admitted those flowing locks were a problem. Big problem.

"First of all, I see this guy on the mound who looks like a stick figure," the hitter said. "I mean, you don't see major league pitchers who look like that. And he's got that hair - you can't not look at it, it's everywhere. It bothers me when I'm trying to pick up the ball out of his hand. All I see is hair."
This came as news to deGrom, who previously vowed to chop that hair clean off before the start of the season:
I mentioned that scouting report to deGrom, who laughed and said, "That's pretty cool."

I then asked if he'd ever heard about his hair interfering with hitters' concentration and he shook his head.

"Not really, I don't talk to hitters much," deGrom said. "But I guess now I'll never cut it."
Boom. That's how you do that. The 2014 NL Rookie of the Year went from, "It's driving me nuts, I've got to cut it" to "I guess now I'll never cut it" in the span of a single admission from a lone hitter he faced during the postseason. Get out there and cop those wigs, Mets fans. The locks are here to stay.
[h/t Hardball Talk]