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ESPN Body Issue Prince Fielder Cover Draws Praise, Snark (Photo)

By    |   Tuesday, 08 Jul 2014 08:55 PM

Prince Fielder is probably not the person most would expect on the cover of ESPN's Body Issue.

But the Texas Rangers first baseman, seen in the nude on the issue that hits stands Friday, told the magazine his physique doesn't mean he's less than adequate.

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"You don't have to look like an Under Armour mannequin to be an athlete," the 30-year-old Fielder says in ESPN's Body Issue.



"A lot of people probably think I'm not athletic or don't even try to work out or whatever, but I do,” Fielder told ESPN. “Just because you're big doesn't mean you can't be an athlete. And just because you work out doesn't mean you're going to have a 12-pack. I work out to make sure I can do my job to the best of my ability. Other than that, I'm not going up there trying to be a fitness model.”

Put on the disabled list May 23, Fielder underwent neck surgery for a herniated disc four days later. He said being away from his Rangers teammates and the game of baseball is “tough” but that he stays busy with light physical therapy.

“I have to let the process of healing take place,” Fielder told ESPN. “I look forward to a full recovery and getting back out there next year, doing what I do and helping the Rangers win.”

While there are some questioning why Fielder was chosen for the Body Issue's cover, others are showing their support.











The 2014 ESPN Body Issue, now in its sixth year, also features swimmer Michael Phelps and tennis player Venus Williams in the buff.

"It didn't dawn on me until right when I walked on set that I would have to be without clothes," Williams told ESPN. "If I would have thought about it before, there may have been a little less of a chance."

Serena Williams, Venus’ younger sister, appeared in the ESPN Body Issue in 2009.

For Phelps, he told the magazine that he lost touch with his training discipline after retiring after the 2012 Olympics.

"I got fat and out of shape," Phelps said. "It was hard because I had always eaten whatever I wanted whenever I wanted it. I would always be like, 'All right, I'll go work out,' and I would never ever go. Sure enough, 25 pounds later, I was still saying the same thing. That was just part of my learning process."

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Prince Fielder is probably not the person most would expect on the cover of ESPN's Body Issue. But the Texas Rangers first baseman, seen in the nude on the issue that hits stands Friday, told the magazine his physique doesn't mean he's less than adequate.
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