Jones hit .284/.325/.442 with 19 homers last year, his third full year in the bigs. His second half was better than his first, mostly due to improved plate discipline. I wonder if Buck Showalter has anything to do with that. If so, it makes me wonder if Jones, after a couple of more or less identical years, is ready to break out in 2011 like many people expect he eventually will.
Astros third baseman Alex Bregman apparently wasn’t happy with his mustache on Sunday afternoon as he shaved it off in between innings during his team’s contest against the Royals. Bregman walked and later scored in the Astros’ eight-run second inning, but when he took his next plate appearance in the fourth inning, he was clean-shaven.
Bregman made a throwing error in the seventh and finished 0-for-4 with the walk on the afternoon. The Astros won 11-3.
Bregman isn’t the only player to make headlines for his facial hair recently. Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper recently shaved his signature beard. The Yankees approve of what both players have done.