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Rays' Myers entangled in hair hubbub

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Published:   |   Updated: November 6, 2013 at 08:36 AM

Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Dave Martinez said he once asked Wil Myers during the season if he combed his hair with a rock, and darned if Myers didn't look if he ran a rock through his hair once or twice Monday before going on television with the MLB Network.

Myers accepted his 2013 Players Choice Award as the American League Outstanding Rookie. But it was his hair that garnered most of the attention, even landing as a lead story on the Yahoo homepage.

“It didn't look like that when I got there,” Myers said Tuesday during a conference call. “I don't know what happened. I'm so serious, man. I don't know if it was the lighting, or what. I did not make my hair look like that, I can tell you that right now. When I saw it on there, I couldn't believe it.

“Seriously, that was embarrassing. And I don't say that much that I get embarrassed, but that was pretty embarrassing.”

Myers prides himself on not combing his hair during the season, but his hair Monday looked as if he just rolled out of bed.

MLB Network analysts Harold Reynolds and Kevin Millar joked about it on-air Tuesday. Myers said he was going to cut it Wednesday. He said he received calls from Millar and Reynolds with both asking if he would send them pictures of the haircut.

“I might not even get it cut,” Myers said.

Myers and Chris Archer were on a conference call with the reporters who cover the Rays to talk about being finalists for the Baseball Writers Association of America AL Rookie of the Year award.

Archer suggested they both let their hair grow until spring training.

“I might do it,” Myers said. “I seriously might do it. It would make a freaking headline.”

Archer said he is contemplating wearing his hair in dreadlocks next season.

Myers said he might do something crazy like that.

“Wil, there were times when you're hair looked worse than that during the season,” Archer said.

“In the clubhouse, but not on TV,” Myers said. “I mean, dude, I did not know it was going to be like that. But, whatever, it already happened. What are you going to do?”

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