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A Little Off the Top Leads to a Lot at the Plate

Yesterday, Detroit Tigers outfielder Magglio Ordonez hit his first home run in 40 games. It was the longest Ordonez had gone in his career without carrying one over the fences and it helped the Tigers trump the Chicago Cubs, 5-4.

The home run was a sigh of relief for the team, its fans and presumably Ordonez but what was behind it? Had Ordonez changed his pregame rituals? Is he now diving into clubhouse Choco Tacos before taking the field? Nope, it seems all Magglio Ordonez needed was a quick trim.

That's right, Ordonez hacked off his long, curly locks and suddenly regained his old strength. Clearly he is not Samson.

Ordonez is also not original. Earlier this week Los Angeles Angels heavy hitter Vladimir Guerrero also got rid of his signature dread locks.

Can you recognize these shorn sluggers? (AP/Getty Images)

The two longhaired hitters both got their ears lowered on Wednesday, Guerrero just happened to get his power results immediately, blasting just his second home run of the season Wednesday night.

In his Wednesday start, Ordonez went 2 for 4 but only hit a couple singles. Apparently Ordonez's follicles just needed another day to get used to the added breathing room.

With both players struggling through this season (only two homers for Guerrero? 40 days between homers for Ordonez?) changes were obviously necessary but could it also work for other players? The ball's in your court, Khalil Greene and Manny Ramirez.

And for the record, The Tigers and Angels are a combined 3-0 since their hitters sat down in the barbers' chair. See? Everyone wins.

By CJ Holley  |  June 26, 2009; 12:03 PM ET
Categories:  Angels , Tigers  | Tags: detroit tigers, guerrero haircut, haircut, los angeles angels, magglio ordonez, ordonez haircut, vladimir guerrero  
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