Baseball season is almost here (Opening Day is March 29) and besides the hot beef franks that fans run to get between innings, dogs aren’t exactly a big part of America’s Pastime. Pups are rarely let on the infield for obvious reasons, but that doesn’t stop some MLB All Stars from prioritizing post-game snuggle sessions.
1. Mike Trout
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Many say Mike Trout is the best player in baseball today. The six-time MLB All Star has won the NL MVP Award twice, but The Most Valuable Pup of his online presence is a sweet Alaskan Husky. You can find Juneau just hanging out, cheering on dad and the Angels, or giving sloppy kisses on Trout’s Instagram handle, @miketrout. It’s #adorable.
2. Bryce Harper
Few pets have stirred up more speculation in sports than Washington Nationals’ right fielder Bryce Harper’s dog. When one of the best young talents in baseball adores a pet that’s named after where the Chicago Cubs play their home games, people are going to talk. Thankfully, his pup Wrigley is calm under pressure from the media.
3. David Price
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This Boston Red Sox pitcher’s French Bulldog is almost as famous as he is! Price’s pup Astro has over 5k Twitter followers and even had a bobble-head day dedicated to him at Fenway Park. With frequent photoshoots and more fans than most people, is it really a surprise that the one-time highest paid pitcher in baseball has turned his best buddy into a brand?
4. Yasiel Puig
Last fall, LA Dodgers right-fielder Yasiel Puig played in game 7 of the World Series only to return to a robbery and discover that his dogs that were left to escape from his property. After a gut-wrenching loss in both the big game and the burglary, he was thankful for friendly neighbors that found his German Shepherd Dogs and returned them.
If you didn’t already love Kate Upton for her cover-girl looks, how she turned her hard-throwing husband into a dog-lover will have you joining the fan club. Now a dog dad through marriage, Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander has both a supermodel for a wife and Harley, a pet product spokes-pup, as a best furrend. Not bad for a kid from Virginia!
6. Alex Cobb
Okay, so Baltimore Orioles pitcher Alex Cobb has never actually played in Major League Baseball’s summer classic, but the adoption story of his dog Oscar is All-Star caliber. In 2015, he found a stray outside of the Tampa Bay Ray’s training facility. After learning the dog was abandoned, he decided to keep the Baxter from Anchorman-lookalike as a brother for his American Bulldog. Now that’s classy!
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