Baseball Hotties

Baseball Hotties
ESSENCE.COM Oct, 30, 2009

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Hawaii native Victorino is holding down the outfield, as the Phillies shoot for a second championship in a row.

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As the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies battle in the World Series, we take a look at some of the sexiest players in Major League Baseball.

Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins recently made headlines, chatting with First Lady Michelle Obama at Game One of the World Series.

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This Dominican cutie continues to come through for his first Major League team. After pitching for much of the season, he hurt his shoulder in June. Bastardo came back strong, in the playoffs, striking out a Rockies player, with bases loaded.

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Making history as one of baseball’s best players, this star athlete is also one of the sexiest players of the league. A-Rod is happy to have the Yankees back in the running for a new championship title.

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Serving as captain of the Yankees since 2003, Jeter knows a thing or two about commitment. He’s played his entire career with the New York team and enjoyed being in Hollywood East and linked to different stars, including Mariah Carey.

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We’ve got a weakness for this teddy bear Yankees pitcher. He challenged Major League Baseball to recruit more African-American players, starting with support for Black little leagues. We’re happy to report his efforts are paying off as the number of Black players rose for the first time this year since 1995.

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The Dodgers didn’t make it to the World Series after losing to the Phillies, but Ramirez is still a winner in our book. He’s had a tough year after being suspended 50 games, but came back strong to help his team.

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The Los Angeles Angels almost made it to the series, battling the Yankees in the semi-finals. And veteran pitcher Oliver is no stranger to the game, watching dad Bob Oliver play for the Texas Rangers, the team that started his professional career.

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Hudson holds down second base for the Dodgers and a strong start for the season got him picked for the 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

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Being a sports star is nothing new for Anderson. The California native was a three-sport champion in baseball, football and basketball in high school. Since entering the major leagues with the California Angels in 1994, Anderson emerged as one of the greatest players in the franchise’s history. Now the history-making left fielder is holding down the number 18 spot for the Atlanta Braves.

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McDonald earned a spot in the Dodgers’ starting rotation to start the 2009 season. This rookie is definitely one to watch, his cousin is Cincinnati Reds outfielder Darnell McDonald.

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In October 2009, this Phillies pitcher hit his 45th home run of the season and became only the third player in Major League Baseball history (joining Babe Ruth and Sammy Sosa) to amass at least 135 RBIs and 45 home runs in four consecutive seasons.

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While this California-bred outfielder holds down the number ten spot on the Philadelphia Phillies, fans in the City of Brotherly Love are hopeful Francisco will help his team win this year’s World Series.

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Matthews, a switch hitter, is the son of Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster Gary Matthews Sr., who was a 16-year Major League outfielder.

Gary Matthews, Jr. has also played for the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Mets, Baltimore Orioles, and Texas Rangers before his current tenure with the Angels.

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Price of the Tampa Bay Rays seems like a certified Do Right Man of MLB. The Tennessee-born pitcher attended Vanderbilt University on an academic scholarship, and last year Price introduced now President Barack Obama at a campaign rally in Tampa.

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Also known as “Prince Albert,” Pujols is a first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals. Since his MLB debut in 2001, Pujols has been selected as an All-Star eight times, has won the National League Most Valuable Player Award twice, and won a World Series title in 2006.

So, tell us…Who is your fave Homerun Hottie?