Mustached American Of The Year messages AMI about his choice to send lip garment to minors

The Mustached American community is in turmoil this morning in the wake of rampant reports that Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year® John Axford’s mustache has been sent down to the minors.

“For the good of the team,” was Axford’s terse text comment to the American Mustache Institute.

The rumors picked up steam this morning when Axford posted a picture of his facial hair laid out on a surface on his Twitter feed.


Troubling photo uploaded to John Axford's Twitter feed

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Axford’s mustache has not matched his incredible 2011 performance when he recorded 46 saves and led the Milwaukee Brewers into the NL championship series and culminated in being named 2011 Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year®. In contrast, this year he is 0-2 with a 4.11 ERA. A blown save against the Chicago Cubs ended a 49-save streak.

“Sending a ‘stache down to the minors is the toughest part of the manager’s job,” said one former manager who asked not to be named. “But, it seems clear that the organization had to make a change.”

“I think the ‘stache is being made a scapegoat for the team’s failings,” another manager said. “We see that all the time in sports – instead of making the hard decisions, they blame the ‘stache.”

“We are monitoring the situation closely,” said Dr. Aaron Perlut, AMI’s executive director. “As the most high-profile mustached wearer, everything he does is under scrutiny. In addition to this remarkable turn of events, we have also just discovered that Mr. Axford is not an American, but was born in a foreign country.

“It’s a troubling situation for everyone.”

The Brewers have not announced any changes in their minor league rosters to make room for his mustache, and whether this a rehab stint or a demotion.

“I would assume everything is on the table here,” the manager said. “The team needs to make a change and this is the most obvious one they could make.”