As we mentioned a few weeks ago, Prince Fielder is going to appear in ESPN The Magazine’s “Body Issue.” And, because this is all about publicity and buzz and stuff for that magazine, they’d be remiss in not releasing teaser photos. So here you go:
I’m sure lots of dudes with way worse bodies than Fielder’s will go on about how Fielder shouldn’t be posing nude and stuff, but if America means anything, it means the right to be hypocritical and lame. But please, if you’re gonna make some negative comment about old Prince here, please do us a favor and post your BMI next to your comment.
Seriously though: he looks better sans uniform than I figured he would. Maybe credit ESPN for some airbrushing and flattering angles, but this ain’t bad. If anything it shows you that MLB uniforms and the undershirts and stuff they wear aren’t the most flattering outfits around.
ESPN The Magazine puts out its “Body Issue” every summer. While couched in terms of physical ideals and the beauty of the athletic specimen and blah, blah, blah, it’s basically ESPN’s answer to the swimsuit issue: cheesecake to sell magazines during the slow season.
Hey, everyone’s gotta make a buck. And at least with ESPN it’s an equal opportunity affair, with men’s bodies getting the same cheesecake treatment as women’s. I mean, sure, you can try to speak all high-mindedly about what they’re after here, but a naked Matt Harvey with a room service tray is way more about providing a springboard to a fantasy than anything else. As for the athletes: they got it, so it’s not our place to criticize them for flaunting it.
But this year it is taking a direction we’ve not really seen before:
The keystone to the issue is the “Bodies We Want” section, where athletes will be featured in tasteful nude poses.
Swimmer Michael Phelps, tennis star Venus Williams, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Texas Rangers slugger Prince Fielder and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka will be included in the issue.
Texas Rangers slugger Prince Fielder
Texas Rangers slugger Prince Fielder
Well, then. Maybe it’s not all about athletic ideals in ways I had not yet considered.
“To be honest with you, I hope they go 0-162,” Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler said to ESPN The Magazine in March about the team that traded him over the winter for Prince Fielder. “I got friends, and I love my friends, but I hope they lose their ass.”
Kinsler also called Rangers general manager Jon Daniels a “sleazeball” for pushing Nolan Ryan, who is now with the Astros, out of the front office mix.
So it should come as no surprise that this happened Tuesday when Kinsler hit a solo home run in his first plate appearance back in Arlington, Texas …
Kinsler is batting .293/.325/.469 with nine home runs and 36 RBI in 72 games this season for Detroit.
Fielder is out for the season after undergoing cervical fusion surgery in his neck at the end of May.
Signed to a minor-league contract by the Rangers last week, veteran first baseman Carlos Pena is back in the majors as part of Texas’ never-ending need for injury reinforcements.
Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland are both out for the season, so Pena will get a chance to take over at first base. He can still draw walks in bunches and has solid power, but Pena is 36 years old and has hit just .201 with a .678 OPS in 249 games since the beginning of 2012. He hasn’t cracked a .230 batting average since way back in 2008.
He’ll replace 32-year-old career minor leaguer Brad Snyder, who didn’t get much of an opportunity after putting up big numbers at Triple-A. Snyder heads back to the minors with a .167 batting average in 10 games.