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Bodies We Want 2009

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Nelson Cruz

Photograph By Sarah A. Friedman for ESPN The Magazine

Why we chose him: He's strong enough to hit 30 home runs and fast enough to steal 20 bases. Take it from a pro: "Nelly goes about 6'3'', 230 pounds, and is country-strong. We were in the weight room one day, and some guys were benching 315 pounds. Nelly walks in and says, 'Let me hop in.' And he just starts pushing up 315 right away. Without stretching. As a warmup set. That's just not what normal people do." -Michael Young, Rangers Third Baseman