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The best and worst of Tigers facial hair in 2012

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February 28, 2012; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers first base coach Tom Brookens (61) poses for photo day in the rec room at the Detroit Tigers headquarters.  Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
February 28, 2012; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers first base coach Tom Brookens (61) poses for photo day in the rec room at the Detroit Tigers headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Some of you care a lot about facial hair. You obsess over it, even. Who's got the greatest mustache of all time? Who's got the worst? And just how fast does Alex Avila's beard grow in after he shaves?

So I'm going to nominate my best and worst facial hair of the current edition of the Tigers. (Feel free to add your Tigers Facial Hair Hall of Fame candidates in the comments).

I one general rule when it comes to mustaches: Shave them. OK, I have two general rules when it comes to mustaches. If you're not going to shave them, you better not have a frowny-face mustache. No matter how happy your mood, if your mustache is betraying you with a big sad sitting on your upper lip, you need to get rid of it. (Now if you're generally a bad mood, then it fits perfect.)

I also have a few general rules when it comes to all the other hair on one's face. 1) No chinstraps. That just looks frat-boy annoying. 2) No little goatee things. Think ex-Tiger Brandon Inge. 3) No dye jobs. 4) No whatever-the-heck-else Jose Valverde had on his face recently. I'm glad he shaved it -- whatever it was. Still, he needed to finish the job.

With those rules in place, my best and worst facial hair of the 2012 Tigers:

Winner: Tom Brookens. (HM: Alex Avila)

Brookens should definitely be on the Tigers' Facial Hair Hall of Famer, not just for his effort this season, but for his effort during the 80s. (Just look at that ballcard!) Man, that thing must catch a lot of cookie crumbs.

I would be remiss if I didn't include Avila, of course. On occasion one might see a clean-shaven Avila. But look fast, because a few innings later his 5 o'clock shadow is in full effect and his beard is thick by the end of the game.

Loser: Jose Valverde (for this!)

When Valverde debuted his hair on May 26, Big Al has a special hiss just for him:

Jose Valverde: Was fine on the mound, but was guaranteed a hiss for his ridiculous goatee. Whomever told him dyeing his facial hair the same color as a sweet potato did Papa Grande no favors.

Your turn:

Who's got the best facial hair on the 2012 club? Who's got the worst? And who are your all-time favorite Tigers? We want to know in the comments!