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Here’s Prince Fielder nude on the cover of the ‘Body Issue,’ everyone (photo)

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Texas Rangers slugger Prince Fielder may not have what one considers the prototypical physique of a world-class athlete, but the proof is in the pudding, no pun intended. Let’s just say that the Greeks probably would not have carved Fielder out of marble when envisioning the ideal male human form.

Still, despite his portly frame and unorthodox physique, Fielder, for the most part — before a neck injury prompted him to have season-ending surgery in May — has been remarkably injury-free throughout his career. Chew on this (again, no pun intended): Between the 2009 and 2013 MLB seasons as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers and Detroit Tigers, Fielder missed only one measly game, meaning he appeared in 809 out of 810 possible games. That’s beyond remarkable.

With all that in mind, Fielder’s appearance on the cover of the upcoming issue of ESPN The Magazine’s “Body Issue” — as well as a photographic profile within — is a remarkable testament to the fact that athletes do come in all shapes, sizes and varying degrees of girth.

Fielder addressed how his body type flies in the face of convention in some comments made to The Mag:

You don’t have to look like an Under Armour mannequin to be an athlete. A lot of people probably think I’m not athletic or don’t even try to work out or whatever, but I do. 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.

Gotta give Fielder some credit. Stripping down like that in front of all those people for a photo shoot cannot be an easy thing to do, no matter what kind of shape a person happens to be in at the time.

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