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A’s Reddick puts his beard up to a challenge from WWE’s Bryan

He’s calling it a “BeardOff,’’ but even A’s right fielder Josh Reddick admits it’s a beard-on.

Reddick, a huge fan of WWE wrestling has taken the challenge of the WWE’s Daniel Bryan to spend the rest of this year growing the fullest and most luxuriant beard possible.

The winner will be voted by fans online and “the loser has to shave it all off,’’ Reddick said Tuesday morning.

    `I’m already hearing trash talk from his fans,’’ Reddick said of the challenge, which he accepted Tuesday morning. “I know a bunch of the WWE guys, but I’ve never met him.’’

Reddick reported to FanFest in Oakland in January with a full beard that he’d started growing in November. Bryan reportedly has been growing his beard for about 12 months.

“He has a bit of a head start,’’ Reddick acknowledged. “Here’s hoping I’m a fast grower.’’

Bryan made the pitch for the challenge Tuesday via twitter, saying “Of course, I don’t think an A’s player like @JoshReddick16 has the guts to have a #BeardOff with The Dazzler.’’

It didn’t take long for Reddick to respond, also via Twitter, with “Bring it. YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!’’

Reddick has been known to alter his look depending on his batting average and production, so he called teammate Coco Crisp aside after striking the deal.

“I told Coco that if I was tempted to shave, don’t let me do it,’’ Reddick said.

He said that he may be at a bit of a voting disadvantage; he has about 35,000 Twitter followers. Bryan has about 580,000.

John Hickey

Returning to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.