Bryce Harper started the Nationals’ game against the Yankees with a beard. He would finish it cleanly shaved.

When Harper stepped to the plate for Washington’s game with New York on Monday, which was suspended from May 15, he looked like a different person. His beard was gone. It all happened in the past 24 hours.

This was Harper on Sunday:

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This was Harper on Monday:

Whoa.

While it’s unclear why Harper decided to shave, he’s in the middle of a serious slump at the plate. The Nationals star is hitting .198 since May with 49 strikeouts and a declining walk rate. It’s also 91 degrees and humid in Washington, and beards are uncomfortable in the summer.

Until the beard grows back, Monday marked the end of an era.

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