The publication’s annual Body Issue celebrates the human form, yet some fans and media outlets are critiquing the pro-athlete’s physique
Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder is one of six world-class athletes who appears nude on the July cover of ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue, but the response so far has been mixed.
“The Body Issue is ESPN The Magazine’s annual celebration of athletes’ amazing bodies, where we stop to admire the vast potential of the human form,” says ESPN on their website, but many sports fans are expressing anything but admiration for how the 30-year-old slugger looks naked.
Fielder is a five time all-star and one of the more celebrated players in Major League Baseball, but many detractors were underwhelmed by his physique — and some even chose to poke fun.
Here are just a few recent tweets:
Just saw Prince Fielder in the body issue. This is attainable for me. I am inspired.
– Harrison Mooney (@HarrisonMooney) July 8, 2014
– Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) July 8, 2014
I woke up, saw Prince Fielder naked, and decided to go back to bed.
– Katie Nolan (@katienolan) July 8, 2014
I could have done without these Prince Fielder pictures.
– Rizz (@Rizzmigizz) July 8, 2014
Fielder joins Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, snowboard Jamie Alexander, football player Marshawn Lynch, basketball player Serge Ibaka and tennis star Venus Williams as cover models for the issue, due to hit stands July 11.
See more pictures from the upcoming Body Issue, including all of the alternate covers, below: