​This is no joking matter: Washington Nationals star outfielder ​Bryce Harper has shaved his beard.

When you are struggling the way Harper has over the last month or so, sometimes you just have to switch things up and make a change with your routine, maybe get a haircut or shave the facial hair.


Over the last 30 days, Harper is slashing .194/.286/.398 with six home runs and 41 strikeouts over his last 98 at-bats. But outside of the power (19 home runs) and on-base percentage (.355), Harper is hitting only .217 on the season overall.


Of course, with the Nationals playing the Yankees tonight, is this a little ​foreshadowing of things to come this offseason?

Probably reading into this a little too much, but it'd be a clever way of letting the home fans he's leaving town at season's end.