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Guess the naked baseball player from the cover of ESPN the Magazine

Jul 11, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

Jose Bautista naked

ESPN the Magazine’s answer to the SI Swimsuit issue is its annual “Body Issue.”  Which is at least more honest than the Swimsuit Issue is in its intentions of giving you beef and/or cheesecake. I mean, it’s been a while since I read the Swimsuit Issue, but back in the day they had the prices of the swimsuits next to the pictures, as if anyone was reading it for the latest swimwear fashions.

Anyway, ESPN is also upfront about its desire to sell a bunch of magazines with this, so it makes multiple covers to appeal to multiple sport and/or softcore porn buying constituencies. There are covers with men, some with women, some with football players, some with basketball, etc.

The cropped pic I feature here is from the baseball player. Guess who it is.  When you give up, go here for the full monty, er, I mean the full picture and the answer.

Baseball comes back Friday, folks. Bear with us until then.

  1. JustMeMike - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Well Craig – I certainly recall when SI (back in the day when it was still known as Sports Illustrated) would publish the letters ( in the aftermath of the swimsuit issue) from angry and horrified readers who would say words similar to:

    This is scandalous! An Outrage! Cancel my subscription and refund my money. I can’t permit a magazine like this to be in my home.

    So Craig, kindly let us know how many subscribers to your blog cancel their subscriptions.

  2. ss - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    If I’d known trimmed thigh hair looked that good, I’d have broken out the clippers a long time ago.

  3. explodet - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Is it good or bad that I guessed right?

    • CJ - Jul 11, 2012 at 7:53 PM

      congratulations! you won the I Know MLB’s players naked thighs better than any other poster on HBT award!

      Whether you choose to display it proudly on your mantle or elsewhere is up to you.

  4. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Trick is on us, that’s a shot of Craig

  5. cur68 - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    All the naked ladies in that issue and you go with the dude’s picture? Homey, please….

  6. danaking - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    I had no idea Prince Fielder cleaned up so well.

  7. stabonerichard - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Bat is looking pretty limp…

  8. hisgirlgotburrelled - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    “Guess who it is.”

    Ummm, Derek Jeter. Except, guessing by the quality of the girls he gets, there might be a 2nd bat showing in that picture.

    “When you give up, go here for the full monty, er, I mean the full picture and the answer”


  9. stabonerichard - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Not really a complete issue without a vlean shot of Pablo Sandoval’s flexed ass cheeks.

  10. bloodysock - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Justin Verlander was hanging out with Kate Upton and we get this? At least give us the pic of Daniela Hantuchova.

  11. iclight79 - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    I know this is Joey Bats only because ESPN did nothing but pimp its magazine on all of its shows yesterday. This one was featured on Sports Nation with Bubba Watson making a guest appearance.

    On a side note, outside of PTI, I really dislike ESPN these days.

    • nightman13 - Jul 12, 2012 at 10:21 AM

      Outside of PTI? Ugh, that show is one of the worst offenders for me. I totally agree though, ESPN is rapidly becoming unwatchable except for the live sports with mute turned on.

      • jwbiii - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:07 PM

        Conversation with my wife while watching PTI in a bar: “Who are these idiots?” “That idiot is Skippy. His brother Rick is a really good chef.” “Tramonto?” “No, Bayless.” “Ah. You’re right.”

  12. proudlycanadian - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Without looking, I know that it is Jose Bautista. I have seen his home run swing often.

  13. scapistron - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    We know it’s not anderlton.

    • WhyDoIActuallyCare - Jul 11, 2012 at 5:00 PM

      The cover would be just like Gronkowski’s, but the “Body Issue” bubble would be a lot bigger…

  14. southcapitolstreet - Jul 11, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Lenny Dykstra

  15. vanmorrissey - Jul 11, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Saw the full shot yesterday, Bautista is correct.

  16. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 11, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Rafael Soriano…I can tell because the shirt isn’t tucked in.

  17. mydadyourmom - Jul 11, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    John Kruk.

  18. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jul 11, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Bill Brasky.

  19. jlovenotjlo - Jul 11, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    WOW! How hot is that Daniela Hantuchova!?

    Having to get a good long look at Bautista’s well formed Quads and Glutes was well worth following the link and seein’ such a smokin hot broad!

  20. hushbrother - Jul 11, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    It’s not Steve Yeager? Ok, I’m guessing David Wright.

  21. ugglasforearms - Jul 11, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Phoebe: (pointing) Hey, you made it into a bunny!

  22. sabatimus - Jul 11, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Couldn’t quite bring yourself to say “bare with us”, eh, Craig? 😀

  23. buggieowens - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    I really don’t know who this is, but, have no doubt, Jose Canseco thinks he would have been a better choice.

  24. passthepeppa - Jul 12, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    bubby Bridger

  25. passthepeppa - Jul 12, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    bubby brister GD auto correct. lol

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