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Sean Doolittle's clean-shaven photo was an elaborately planned April Fool's joke

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A's reliever Sean Doolittle is known for his huge red beard, so this Tuesday tweet was quite a surprise:

The Twittersphere's reaction was one of shock:

Doolittle's girlfriend, Eireann Dolan, let her thoughts on the news be known:

There's no question that bare face is Doolittle's, but it turns out he hasn't submitted to the razor after all:

In other words, this April Fool's joke was in the works for at least 15 months. Well played, Doolittle.