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Spring Training Eye Candy: MLB's 10 Sexiest Baseball Players

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As warmer temperatures inch their way up in the Valley, thousands will gather to watch the pre-season quarrels of great American pastime. The carefree days of spring training hit Arizona's stage again, bringing in 15 major-league teams from around the nation.

Limited to two destinations nationwide, Arizona (Cactus League) and Florida (Grapefruit League) are the the reigning baseball preseason havens. Aside from the idyllic temperatures and pristine lawn conditions, Jackalope Ranch envies more than just the players' athletic abilities.

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10. Cole Hamels Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels earns more than impressive pitching credentials. The six-foot-three San Diego native was 2008's World Series MVP and continues to attract followers with his sexy stubble and community charities.

9. Justin Verlander 2011 Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander was the first pitcher in history to throw a no-hitter at Comerica Park in Detroit. Rumored to be linked to model Kate Upton, the Tigers ace throws more than just the heat.

8. Robinson Cano Noted for his charity work, second baseman Robinson Cano spices up the Yankees' starting lineup with his Dominican Republic heritage. The 30-year-old drives spectators wild in his pinstripes.

7. Chris Young Familiar to Arizona Diamondback fans, Chris Young (now an Oakland Athletic) breaks bats and hearts in the AL West.

6. Daniel Bard Boston Red Sox pitcher Daniel Bard certainly knows how to handle the ball. Though he is noted for four signature pitches, our favorite is the slider.

5. Alex Rios This two-time All Star heats up the Chicago White Sox outfield with his sculpted biceps and impressive batting average.

4. Ian Kinsler Second baseman Ian Kinsler wrangles in record-breaking stats for the Texas Rangers. On and off the field, this five-tool player holds a solid reputation.

3. David Wright Categorized as one of the best third baseman in baseball, the New York Mets' David Wright has been twisting the panties of admirers since 2004. Participating in six All-Star games and receiving two Golden Glove Awards, Wright gives fans a reason to sit in left field.

2. Barry Zito San Francisco Giants left-handed pitcher Barry Zito has viewers focusing on more mounds than the one he stands on. With nicknames like "Captain Quirk" and "Planet Zito," this philanthropist is certainly a San Francisco treat.

1. Jeff Francoeur Nicknamed "Frenchy", Kansas City Royals right fielder, Jeff Francoeur gives us more to fantasize about then above average stats on the "Fantasy League" roster. Noted for his strong outfield throwing arm, Francoeur will be our "beau" for the 2013 season.

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