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Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton gave ESPN The Magazine an up-close look at his chiseled physique, posing nude for the magazine's annual Body Issue out Tuesday.
Concealed by nothing but some strategically-placed water, Stanton bared all for ESPN's annual look at the finely-sculpted bodies of professional athletes.
In an accompanying interview for ESPN.com, Stanton described his workout routine. "Push-ups and sit-ups are my go-to," he said. "It is the simplest routine and the best thing to maintain my stomach and chest. I'll do about 100 of each a day, usually when I'm already warmed up. I do 50, 50, 50, 50, then roll out. It takes less than five minutes."
He added that at most gyms, "There usually aren't heavy enough dumbbells for me."
Stanton has blossomed into one of the brightest young stars in baseball. Playing in only his fourth season (and third full season), he has already hit 101 home runs, and he led the majors in slugging percentage last season (.608).
The 23-year-old Stanton is one of two starters remaining from last season's disappointing campaign (along with Logan Morrison), and Marlins fans are clamoring for the team to sign him to a long-term deal.
Stanton is famous for his monstrous home run shots. Last season he temporarily broke a scoreboard at Marlins Park when a home run shot struck it dead-on.
"People look at me crazy when I hit sometimes," he told ESPN.com "But it's cool to be able to do something that only a handful of people can do. And I love doing it.
Stanton is the second Marlin to appear in the Body Issue. Former Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez was featured in the 2010 edition.
ESPN the Magazine's Body Issue is available now. Other athletes who stripped down for ESPN include San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, three-time beach volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings, and 77-year-old golf legend Gary Player.