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Major League Eye Candy: Baseball's Hottest Players

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For those of us who have repeatedly encountered "Hot Girl" slideshows and have wondered where all the "Hot Men" are, look no further.

Ladies (and gentlemen), this one is for you.

Since 1869, baseball players have served as entertainment for the masses. America's favorite past time has provided us with numerous skilled ball players who aren't exactly hard on the eyes, either.

In the early days, players like Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle stole the hearts of the nation with their baseball dexterity and award-winning smiles.

The invention of color television in the late 1960s brought fans up close and personal with the baby blues of Jim Palmer, and allowed viewers in the 1970s to appreciate the utter awesomeness of Oscar Gamble's signature afro

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The fan-pleasing blue eyes made a comeback in the 1981 with Cal Ripken Jr., who charmed the ladies for two decades until finally retiring in 2001.

The 1990s brought us the award winning smiles of Ken Griffey Jr., Chipper Jones and Mike Mussina in addition to some of baseball's hottest bad boys, John Rocker and Jason Giambi.

Maybe it's the high definition television, but MLB has even further improved its visual aspect in the 2000s. Who needs "The Bachelor" when you can just turn on the MLB Network?

The following list is composed of the beautiful men of baseball today. I'm giving you the best eye candy from every single team in the major leagues. Pick your favorite and buy his jersey because, let's be honest, Derek Jeter isn't only a fan favorite because of his golden glove.

Caroline Ponessa is a Minnesota Twins writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @sweetCaro_____

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Arizona Diamondbacks: Paul Goldschmidt

Paul Goldschmidt
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Position: First Base

Age: 26

Hometown: Wilmington, Delaware

Major League Accomplishments: All-Star (2013)

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Atlanta Braves: Dan Uggla

Uggla
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Position: Second Base

Age: 33

Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky

Major League Accomplishments: Sporting News NL Rookie of the Year (2006), Topps Rookie All-Star Second Baseman (2006), MLB Players Choice NL Outstanding Rookie (2006), All-Star (2006, 2008, 2012), Silver Slugger (2010)

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Baltimore Orioles: J.J. Hardy

Hardy
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Position: Shortstop

Age: 31

Hometown: Tucson, Arizona

Major League Accomplishments: All-Star (2007, 2013), Gold Glove (2012)

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Boston Red Sox: Will Middlebrooks

Middlebrooks
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Position: Third Base

Age: 25

Hometown: Greenville, Texas

Major League Accomplishments: American League Player Of The Week (June 2013)

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Chicago Cubs: Anthony Rizzo

Rizzo
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Position: First Base

Age: 24

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Major League Accomplishments: Member of Team Italy for 2013 World Baseball Classic

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Chicago White Sox: Hector Santiago

Santiago
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Position: Pitcher

Age: 25

Hometown: Newark, New Jersey

Major League Accomplishments: One of few screwball pitchers in the majors

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Cincinnati Reds: Brandon Phillips

Phillips
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Position: Second Base

Age: 32

Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina

Major League Accomplishments: All-Star (2010, 2011, 2013), Gold Glove (2008, 2010, 2011), Silver Slugger (2011), Fielding Bible (2008), 30-30 Club (2007)

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Cleveland Indians: Jason Kipnis

Kipnis
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Position: Second Base

Age: 26

Hometown: Northbrook, Illinois

Major League Accomplishments: All-Star (2013)

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Colorado Rockies: Michael Cuddyer

Cuddyer
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Position: Right Field/Infield

Age: 34

Hometown: Norfolk, Virginia

Major League Accomplishments: All-Star (2011, 2013)

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Detroit Tigers: Austin Jackson

Jackson
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Position: Center Field

Age: 26

Hometown: Denton, Texas

Major League Accomplishments: AL Triples Leader (2011, 2012), Fielding Bible (2011)

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Houston Astros: Brandon Barnes

Barnes
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Position: Outfield

Age: 27

Hometown: Orange, California

Major League Accomplishments: Hit for the cycle on July 19, 2013

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Kansas City Royals: Justin Maxwell

Maxwell
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Position: Outfield

Age: 29

Hometown: Olney, Maryland

Major League Accomplishments: Led Astros in home runs in with 18 (2012)

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Los Angeles Angels: Mike Trout

Trout
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Position: Outfield

Age: 22

Hometown: Vineland, New Jersey

Major League Accomplishments:All-Star (2012, 2013), AL Rookie of the Year (2012), Silver Slugger (2012), 30-30 Club (2012), Led AL in runs scored (2012), Led AL in stolen bases (2012), hit for the cycle on May 21, 2013

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Los Angeles Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw

Kershaw
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Position: Pitcher

Age: 25

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Major League Accomplishments: All-Star (2011, 2012, 2013), NL Cy Young Winner (2011), NL Triple Crown (2011), NL Strikeout Champion (2011), MLB ERA Champion (2011, 2012), NL Wins Champion (2011)

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Miami Marlins: Adeiny Hechavarria

Adeiny
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Position: Infield

Age: 24

Hometown: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

Major League Accomplishments: Part of MLB's Top Prospect List (2013), hit bases-loaded triple and grand slam in same game

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Milwaukee Brewers: Khris Davis

Davis
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Position: Outfield

Age: 25

Hometown: Lakewood, California

Major League Accomplishments: Frequently used for his hitting ability as a pinch hitter

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Minnesota Twins: Joe Mauer

Mauer
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Position: Catcher/First Base

Age: 30

Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota

Major League Accomplishments: AL MVP (2009), All-Star (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013), AL Batting Champion (2006, 2008, 2009), Gold Glove (2008, 2009, 2010), Silver Slugger (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010), World Baseball Classic Participant (2013)

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New York Mets: David Wright

Wright
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Position: Third Base

Age: 30

Hometown: Norfolk, Virginia

Major League Accomplishments: All-Star (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013), World Baseball Classic Participant (2009, 2013), Gold Glove (2007, 2008), Silver Slugger (2007, 2008), 30-30 Club (2007), Captain of New York Mets (2013)

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New York Yankees: Derek Jeter

Jeter
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Position: Shortstop

Age: 39

Hometown: Pequannock Township, New Jersey

Major League Accomplishments: World Series Champion (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2009), World Series MVP (2000), All-Star (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), All-Star Game MVP (2000), AL Runs Scored Champion (1998), Silver Slugger (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012), Gold Glove (2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010), AL Rookie of the Year (1996), 3000 Hit Club, Yankees Team Captain (2013), World Baseball Classic Participant (2006, 2009)

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Oakland Athletics: Josh Reddick

Reddick
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Position: Outfield

Age: 26

Hometown: Savannah, Georgia

Major League Accomplishments: Gold Glove (2012)

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Philadelphia Phillies: Chase Utley

Utley
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Position: Second Base

Age: 34

Hometown: Pasadena, California

Major League Accomplishments: All-Star (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), Silver Slugger (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009), World Series Champion (2008)

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Pittsburgh Pirates: Garrett Jones

Jones
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Position: Right Field/First Base

Age: 32

Hometown: Harvey, Illinois

Major League Accomplishments: First Pirate to hit home run out of PNC Park (2013), first Pirate to hit 10 home runs in a month since 2006

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San Diego Padres: Huston Street

Street
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Position: Pitcher

Age: 30

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Major League Accomplishments: All-Star (2012), Rookie of the Year (2005)

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San Francisco Giants: Buster Posey

posey
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Position: Catcher

Age: 26

Hometown: Leesburg, Georgia

Major League Accomplishments: NL MVP (2012), All-Star (2012, 2013), World Series Champion (2010, 2012), NL Batting Champion (2012), Silver Slugger (2012), NL Rookie of the Year (2012)

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Seattle Mariners: Dustin Ackley

Ackley
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Position: Second Base/Outfield

Age: 25

Hometown: Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Major League Accomplishments: Voted Mariners MVP by Seattle Chapter of Baseball Writers Association (2011)

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St. Louis Cardinals: David Freese

Freese
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Position: Third Base

Age: 30

Hometown: Corpus Christi, Texas

Major League Accomplishments: All-Star (2012), World Series Champion (2011), World Series MVP (2011), NLCS MVP (2011), Postseason RBI Record (2011)

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Tampa Bay Rays: Sean Rodriguez

rodriguez
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Position: Third Base

Age: 28

Hometown: Miami, Florida

Major League Accomplishments: Stole 13 bases in 2010

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Texas Rangers: Alex Rios

Rios
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Position: Right Field

Age: 32

Hometown: Coffee, Alabama

Major League Accomplishments: All-Star (2006, 2007), Fielding Bible (2007)

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Toronto Blue Jays: Moises Sierra

Sierra
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Position: Right Field

Age: 24

Hometown: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Major League Accomplishments: Recorded first career hit in very first at-bat

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Washington Nationals: Anthony Rendon

Rendon
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Position:Third Base/Second Base

Age: 23

Hometown: Richmond, Texas

Major League Accomplishments: Scouted as one of top MLB prospects