On the one hand, the “Body Issue” is a transparent attempt by ESPN to sell magazines via the objectification of the human form in a time of the year when only one major team sport is active and people are generally not buying a ton of magazines. On the other hand, unlike “Sports Illustrated,” ESPN objectifies men as well as women, at least making things fair. Oh, and they also, on occasion, put people like Prince Fielder in the thing so as to not totally conform to b.s. unrealistic body standards.
So, it’s not great, but it’s better than what came before. And that’s something, right?
Something else that is something: Bryce Harper’s physique. Which, mercy:
I mean, I GUESS he’s in pretty decent shape. I mean, for a ballplayer. At least if you’re into things like “health” and “low body fat” and “muscular definition” and all of that nonsense.
Not that Harper agrees he’s perfect. From the accompanying article:
I wish my abs were a little bit better. God gave me a great body, but I think my abs could be better than they are.
Yeah. Um, I was gonna say that too. Really, dude, work a bit more. Have some friggin’ pride in your appearance, will ya?
Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz led the AL with 40 homers last season and ranks fourth in the AL with 19 homers this season, but he was asked to participate in the Home Run Derby and declined.
Cruz told Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times that he’d “love to do it” but “I have to think about my teammates and my team … if I go there it can wear me out for two or three days after.”
Cruz was the Home Run Derby runner-up in 2009, losing to Prince Fielder, and went on to have a strong second half with an .839 OPS, but rightly or wrongly many players perceive the event as having a negative impact on second-half performance.
He’ll likely start the All-Star game at designated hitter after recently overtaking Kendrys Morales of the Royals in the American League voting.
Rangers DH Prince Fielder slugged the 300th home run of his career on Friday night against Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle, a towering shot to left field that gave his club a short-lived 1-0 lead.
Fielder, 31, struggled last season — his first with the Rangers — before undergoing neck surgery at the end of May. He has rebounded in a big way this season, entering play Friday with a .344/.413/.525 triple-slash line. The first-inning home run he hit is his 12th of the season.
As Baseball Tonight pointed out on Twitter, Prince and his father Cecil are the second father-son duo to each hi 300-plus home runs, joining Bobby and Barry Bonds.