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Joba Chamberlain now has “almost a hipster kind of look”

Feb 4, 2014, 12:12 PM EDT

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Baseball-wise Joba Chamberlain is looking for a fresh start after leaving the Yankees for the Tigers as a free agent, but more importantly Jason Beck of writes that the 28-year-old right-hander is now free to fully express himself with facial hair:

Gone is the mustache he donned during the end of his tenure in the Yankees bullpen. Now, he has a beard, as so many former Yankees have done. Add a pair of glasses, and Chamberlain took to Michigan for the Tigers’ Winter Caravan with almost a hipster kind of look.

“You know, it’s the first year of my life [that I can],” he said with a smile at TigerFest. “College, couldn’t have any facial hair, and obviously in New York you can’t. I could have a mustache, but mustaches aren’t that cool. I’m not Tom Selleck. I tried the best I could, but it just didn’t work for me.

Chamberlain also explained: “I wear the glasses because I feel like I look smarter and I’m too lazy to put my contacts in.”

Beck reports that Chamberlain has dropped 15-20 pounds, too, but let’s focus on the important stuff for now.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Just what the Tigers need- a bearded, bespectacled Fat Toad looking all around the stadium except for where the catcher is located.
    Maybe a Mohawk could complete the presumed disguise.

    • Old Gator - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      What happened to our beloved uppercase FAT TOAD, Len?

      • APBA Guy - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:07 PM

        Maybe the upper case left town along with Joba. Whatever, I miss it.

    • chefbunyan - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:29 PM

      I think he’s gonna be 100% better now that he’s outta the Bronx Zoo! I think the Tigers may have found a rose among the thorns!

  2. tfbuckfutter - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Mustaches are cool.

    If you’re over 45 and coordinate with a nice pair of jorts.

    • historiophiliac - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      Hey, I like a nice handlebar or something creative.

      • tfbuckfutter - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:31 PM


        Someone had her first crush on Hulk Hogan.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:33 PM

        No, that one’s strictly about a lost opportunity.

      • Old Gator - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        Yeah, Joba with a handlebar – kinda like Rollie Fingers with cortisone bloat.

      • tfbuckfutter - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:22 PM

        This guy wants to know where the line for sex starts.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:24 PM

        Do you think I’m dumb enough to click on that?

      • tfbuckfutter - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:27 PM

        I’m trying to trick you into looking at elephant porn….on

      • historiophiliac - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:28 PM

        What is that? Nevermind.

      • tfbuckfutter - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:35 PM

        What is what? Elephant porn?

        Well it’s either porn WITH elephants or porn that appeals to elephants.

        Or elephant-on-rhino porn, which appeals to deviant elephants.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        I said nevermind!

  3. historiophiliac - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Shoot me now.

  4. slystone111 - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:30 PM


  5. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    If you are too lazy to put contacts in, how can I trust you to be able to maintain your body in peak physical condition and to study film and tenancy reports properly? Oh, but he shaved his mustache. Good job superstar!

  6. kyleshabram - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    He’s too lazy to put his contact in, but NOT too lazy to go work his tail off to be a great pitcher???? Yikes, might be a long year for him in the ‘pen.

  7. yournuts - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    It would have been nice to see a picture of Joba?

    • historiophiliac - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:34 PM


    • pisano - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      yournuts…. most Yankee fans have seen more than enough of Joba. I’m happy the Yankees cut ties with him, maybe a fresh start will help him,

    • bpoe13 - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:01 PM


      Here ya go,–mlb.html

      • mckludge - Feb 5, 2014 at 7:59 AM

        Now he just looks like a schlub who works in IT.

  8. barrywhererufrom - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    I am sure the facial hair will help Joba actually not fall in love with his slider and not let up 2-0 bombs..if facial hair helped your performance mlb would look like downtown Lancaster at 5am..

  9. josemartez - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    BSOHL. And a beard.

    • simalex - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      maybe it’s time for BSOHLaB ?

    • anxovies - Feb 4, 2014 at 3:26 PM


  10. doctorofsmuganomics - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    I still love the fact people overreact to Joba.

    “Shoot me now.” “He looks like a hipster”

    Joba can’t be a hipster, this is ‘Merica. Being fat is too mainstream

    • historiophiliac - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      You can use the reply button.

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        I’m aware. If I was replying to just you, I’d do so. Like this, see?

      • historiophiliac - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:38 PM

        Well, you quoted me. I’m just saying, you could say it to my gravatar directly.

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        I was not aware locations of jokes were all that important. Noted

      • historiophiliac - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:46 PM

        If you give me a chance, I’ll play straight man or feed you material. I’m nice like that.

    • skids003 - Feb 4, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      Doofus hipster.

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Feb 4, 2014 at 9:53 PM

        Is there a real difference between a regular hipster and a doofus hipster?

  11. chaseutley - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Is he still wearing his hat like a 12-year-old skateboarder?

  12. tfbuckfutter - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    He’s clearly in the SBOHL.

    Shapeliest Beard of His Life.

    • historiophiliac - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      Oh, here’s some salt to pour in my wound, Sir.

  13. chacochicken - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Want to buy Robin’s Nest from Magnum PI ?!

  14. papacrick - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    You couldn’t even post a pic? Seriously Tom selleck? What a waste of time

    • historiophiliac - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      Mmmmm, Tom Selleck.

  15. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 4, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Hey, it worked for Phil Coke, right? /s

  16. donniebiggest - Feb 4, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    He’s a hick.

  17. haaseline - Feb 5, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Yeah he’ll look real hip with his fat head turning watching the ball over the wall!!

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