Doug Bochtler, the Tigers' righthanded reliever, is also the team barber and resident magician. He does about seven haircuts a week, and his clients range from manager Buddy Bell to his teammates' kids. He also entertains the guys in the clubhouse during rain delays with displays of prestidigitation. We posed a few wand-and clipper-related queries to him.
Which are you better at, cutting hair or magic?
Definitely cutting hair. I've had players offer me $100 for a haircut. I had to repair Rickey Henderson's hair once [when both were with the Padres]. He had been cutting his own hair, and the whole front of his head was bald on one side. We had 10 minutes until game time and he was going, "Boch, you gotta fix it. You gotta fix my hair. Rickey can't go out like this. You gotta fix Rickey's hair." I ended up having to give him a full haircut, but I fixed it.
As a barber, what is your professional opinion of Doug Henning's hair?
Actually, I'd like to cut his hair and see if he could put it back on. It's all an ill-uuuu-sion.
What do you admire more about David Copperfield, his hair or his magic?
Actually, I'd say his fianc�e [supermodel Claudia Schiffer]. He did pretty well for himself.