Baseball’s Samsons

Photo Credit: John Leyba | The Denver Post

by: Eric Boston @EricBoston3

In the Bible the character the majority of people relate to strength is Samson.

His power came from the flowing locks that adorned the top of his head. That is until he allowed himself to be seduced by a woman who ultimately chopped that power off.

Does baseball have its own Samsons patrolling the field of play?

OTPB’s Rich Daniels wrote about the “Uber” relievers now dominating the game. (Check out his article here) After reading his fantastic piece, I began noticing another trend among these flamethrowers. The visual connection that many of them have with the Bible’s resident strong man.

Let’s take a look at some of MLB’s most elaborate hairstyles:

In under two seasons Milwaukee’s Hader has cemented himself as one of the most dominant relief pitchers around.

On the year he is sporting a 1.52 ERA with 113 Ks in only 65.1 IP. You also cannot overlook his 0.735 WHIP as well.

Oh yeah, he also is a LHP which is basically baseball’s Holy Grail.

Hader also rocks plenty of “party in the back”, but for opposing batters it is more like one of those parties that your mom forces you to attend.

Thor himself must be jealous of the golden locks that earned the Met’s Syndergaard his nickname. He also knows how to drop the hammer.

At 25 years of age, he is really just getting started. Something the other teams in the National League East probably do not like to think about.

Syndergaard has a 9-3 record to go along with a 3.51 ERA in 112.2 IP. He is also averaging more than a strikeout per inning having totaled 117 Ks in 2018.

A ligament injury in his right index finger kept Syndergaard sidelined for a significant portion of the year, an injury that the Mets definitely felt the effect of – he should probably just avoid anyone carrying around a pair of scissors just to be safe.

The Cleveland Indians’ starter is not afraid to mix things up. He also brings with him the goods to back it up.

Clevinger has worked his way to a 3.30 ERA while starting 26 games in which he has accumulated 163.2 IP. His 9-7 record and 163 Ks have helped the Tribe build a comfortable lead in the American League Central division.

With powerhouse teams in New York, Boston, and Houston waiting come the postseason, Cleveland will be counting on Clevinger to put his pitching strength on display for hopes of reaching another World Series.


While I cannot confirm, nor deny, that these pitchers get any extra advantage by letting their hair grow – one thing is certain, they are fearful forces on the mound. My question for you, the reader, is this:

Who sports the best hair in the game?

Hader, Syndergaard, and Clevinger are all worthy candidates for such a title. Do you have a write-in candidate for the top spot? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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