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MLB's 10 Best Current Golfers

Josh BenjaminCorrespondent IJanuary 10, 2017

MLB's 10 Best Current Golfers

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    When a baseball team is eliminated from the playoffs, or even playoff contention, fans always say the same thing: "See you on the golf course!"

    That being said, I got to thinking. What if some baseball players are actually awesome golfers? If I were an MLB player and good on the links, I'd actually view that remark as something of a compliment. As someone who occasionally golfs, I find it to be a relaxing activity and couldn't imagine giving it a negative connotation under any circumstances.

    Sure enough, there are some baseball players out there who can hold their own on the fairways. Alex Rodriguez (pictured) is just one of many MLB guys who can play a good round of golf—and some of his MLB colleagues aren't any slouches, either.

Mark Teixeira

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    Mark Teixeira lives in Greenwich, Connecticut, and having been there, I wouldn't be at all surprised if playing golf was required of all residents of the town. 

    Still, Teixeira owns a 10 handicap and has donated a lot of money to the Georgia Tech University golf team.

Derek Jeter

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    It's unclear just how good a golfer Jeter is, but chances are he can hold his own on the course. I mean, he DOES host his own celebrity golf tournament, so his game can't be all bad.

Shane Victorino

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    Victorino's handicap is a bit larger, at 12.  Yet, he too hosts a golf tournament in his home state of Hawaii, home to one of the most gorgeous golf courses in the world: Kapalua.

Joe Mauer

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    Based on his famous Head and Shoulders commercials, Joe Mauer seems like a fun-loving guy. In a column by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, it is revealed that Mauer actually is, be it bowling, golfing or even rapping!

    He may not be the best in those areas, but if he's having fun, who cares?

Ian Kinsler

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    Not much is known about Kinsler's golf game, other than that he has a pretty good handicap. That said, I can't help but wonder if it got better over the past two offseasons, what with his Texas Rangers losing in the World Series in 2010 and 2011.

Nick Punto

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    Once Nick Punto retires from MLB, he could very well have a career on the PGA Tour. Apparently, among MLB players, he is the Lord of the Links and has a 0.5 handicap!

Alex Rodriguez

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    Rodriguez is from Miami, home to many fine golf courses. Thus, it's only natural that he be able to hold his own on the course.

    Yet, last offseason, he found himself on the links for the wrong reason. After a horrific postseason, he found himself playing golf as a means of perfecting his baseball swing. Seeing as how he's still kind of struggling this year, maybe he should just stick to standard conditioning.

Josh Beckett

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    Not much is known about how good a golfer Beckett is, but one thing is for sure: The man clearly didn't get the memo on the right and wrong times to hit the course.

    I'm sorry, but playing a round of golf after missing a start due to a sore shoulder is just the picture definition of a bone-headed move.

David Ortiz

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    First, just look at Ortiz in this picture. He looks completely in his element, and if I didn't know any better, I'd say that million-dollar smile was the result of sinking a long putt.

    On top of that, the Red Sox DH hosts the David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic, which benefits his charity, the David Ortiz Children's Fund.

Matt Cain

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    Cain isn't known to be much of a golfer off the field, but he gave everyone a pleasant surprise before his perfect game this season. Before the game, he absolutely launched a ball into McCovey Cove.

    With a decent slice to the right, maybe he should take a few lessons to develop the rest of his game!

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