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ESPN magazine reveals naked 2014 Body Issue cover stars

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Prince Fielder bares all and defends his big body

ESPN magazine has unveiled the list of athletes who bared all to be featured in their highly-anticipated annual "Body Issue."

It's a sea of the chiseled and buff figures of sport's elite, including Venus Williams, Michael Phelps, Serge Ibaka and Jamie Anderson. But one body, in particular, is causing a buzz because it stands out from the rest.

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Texas Rangers first baseman, Prince Fielder, posed in the nude, showing off his famous batting swing, as well as his hulking frame and he has a message to herald about being different. "A lot of people probably think I'm not athletic or don't even try to work out or whatever, but I do," Fielder said to ESPN in June via Hollywood Life. "Just because you're big doesn't mean you can't be an athlete. And just because you work out doesn't mean you are 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."

Prince Fielder

Photo credit: Joel Ginsburg/WENN.com

We applaud Fielder for being proud of his frame and celebrating his bod for being strong and taking care of business. That's not to say there aren't other bodies featured in this year's issue that aren't jaw-dropping in a different way.

Michael Phelps, who broke up with model girlfriend, Megan Rossee, last year and is now dating Golf Channel reporter, Win McMurry, proves that he has definitely come out of retirement and has commenced his intense Olympic training. It's obvious he's spending most of his life in the pool again because he's sporting a major tan line and his usual perfect physique.

Venus Williams poses in just the right manner to showcase her jealousy-inducing backside. The tennis champ has come under fire in the past for her skimpy fashion choices while playing in major tournaments, but with a body like hers, we can't really blame her for wanting to show it all off.

Click here to view the naked glory.

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