The Rockies outfielder is a whiz with card tricks, as you can see in this video. He is also an accomplished photographer.
What's your hobby?
Baseball players don't get much time off, but some of them make the most of it. Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson, for instance, is a thrillseeker who races cars in the offseason. He has his own team, C.J. Wilson Racing, a partnership with Mazda. "I know how to fly a plane, fly a helicopter, start a fire ... knife fight, just fun stuff," Wilson has said. See what else Wilson, and other MLB players, enjoy doing in their downtime.
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is also a writer. He and wife Ellen released their book "Arise," which details their story, from the time they met to their ongoing volunteer work in Zambia, Africa.
Infielder Ryan Roberts is a fan of tattoos, in case anyone hadn't noticed.
Mariners pitcher Shawn Kelley caught this beauty on a fishing trip.
David Ortiz is an avid golfer, and even hosts an offseason golf tournament in the Dominican Republic.
Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester knows how to reel 'em in.
C.J. Wilson stays busy. Along with his need for speed, C.J. Wilson enjoys oil painting and enjoys photography.
OF Jacoby Ellsbury (left) enjoys attending rodeos.
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez and his wife hit the slopes.
Jays pitcher Ricky Romero, a basketball fan, met up with the Lakers' Pau Gasol before a game on Feb. 1.
Rays third baseman Evan Longoria can swing a small stick, too. He's seen here getting a lesson from Goo Goo Dolls drummer Mike Malinin.
Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo is an aspiring musician. His debut CD is called "Covering the Bases" and features cover versions of 12 songs from bands including Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Foo Fighters and Incubus.
The aptly named outfielder bragged in a Aug. 18, 2011, tweet that he caught over 100 fish on a recent expedition. We don't know if they were actually trout. He's also an avid crossbow hunter.
A darling in the Los Angeles area, Matt Kemp is a huge fan of the less heralded Los Angeles Clippers. He played basketbal in high school in Oklahoma.
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia likes to take in a Knicks game every now and then and admitted to a case of Linsanity in early 2012.
Though better known for his 95-mph sinking fastball, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Ross Ohlendorf is a graduate of Princeton University, with an interest in politics. Ohlendorf is also into ranching, helping his father run the family's longhorn cattle business outside Austin, Texas. Ohlendorf found a way to combine both his loves by interning at the US Department of Agriculture in the offseason a couple of years back.
The Yankees shortstop is an avid golfer who hosts an annual tournament for his charity. He says hitting a golf ball is easier than hitting a baseball.
Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Ziegler spends a lot of time running his charity, Pastime for Patriots, which helps military personnel and their families in many ways, including providing them with tickets to baseball games, scholarship funds and more. He's also a huge baseball card collector and especially enjoys acquiring memorabilia and autographs from the game's greats of the past. His trip to the Topps facility was the highlight of his road trip to New York.
Jake Peavy plays guitar and even put together a charity event with fellow musically inclined ballplayers. The concert, called Woodjock 2010, included silent and live auctions, with all proceeds benefiting the Jake Peavy Foundation, which raises funds for Team Focus, Strikeouts for Troops, Autism Speaks and White Sox Charities.
The Reds catcher is involved in the sport of kings. He is the owner of one racehorse, seven breeding broodmares, three foals and two racers in training. "Most of my business is breeding, and I have a bunch of nice broodmares. I have some really good breeding horses, and I have some good matings coming up. And I have two nice foals on the ground right now."
Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey (right) climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in January 2012. The righty climbed in an effort to raise awareness for the issue of human trafficking and in support of an organization called Bombay Teen Challenge. Climbing with Dickey was Mets bullpen catcher Dave Racaniello (left) and Indians pitcher Kevin Slowey. Dickey, who majored in English Literature at the University of Tennessee, is also an author. He penned, with co-author Wayne Coffey, “Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball,” in which he recounts his baseball journey and some of his most painful life experiences, including being the victim of sexual abuse as a child.
Boston Red Sox DH Big Papi admitted to pint-sized reporters on "Red Sox Small Talk" that he's a big fan of the cartoon "Tom and Jerry" and that he enjoys salsa dancing.
Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier is a serious foodie who seeks out the local culinary hotspots at each road stop. He even wrote a food blog called Dining with 'Dre for a while until his MLB career kept him too busy. He especially tuned in to Los Angeles' best haunts (he can often be found at Mario Batali's Pizzeria Mozza or Osteria Mozza postgame) and the hidden gems in his native Arizona, where he maintains an offseason home.
Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon, shown during the Rays' "nerd" road trip, has many interests outside of baseball. He's a cyclist, appreciates a fine wine and is a Bruce Springsteen fan. He also does charity work for his hometown of Hazelton, Pa. He encourages his players to have fun with activities such as themed road trips.
Houston Astros pitcher Bud Norris is an avid golfer with a scratch handicap. His dad taught him to play when he was a youngster.
Outfielder Carlos Lee owns Slugger Ranch in Texas, where he raises prize-winning Brahman, and nine ranches in his native Panama. In 2008, Lee donated $25,000 and over 300 bales of hay to support Texas ranchers whose properties were ravaged by Hurricane Ike. He also enjoys calf roping. As a child, he spent a lot of time with his grandfather, who was a cattle rancher.
Jeremy Guthrie is passionate about environmental awareness and rides his white Cannondale Holligan BMX-style bike to the ballpark for every home game. "I try not to waste anything, whether it's energy, water, money," Guthrie told USA Today. He landed on the DL in 2012 after taking a tumble off his bike.
Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (picutured with sons Hanley Jr. and Hansel) is a whiz in the kitchen and his specialty is tostones, made from his mother's recipe. Ramirez is included in the book "Diamond Dishes — From the Kitchens of Baseball's Biggest Stars," by Julie Loria, wife of Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria. Eighteen other player/chefs are featured in the book, including: Josh Johnson, Albert Pujols, Derek Jeter, Johan Santana, Alex Rodriguez, Dustin Pedroia and Evan Longoria.
Retired Braves 3B Chipper Jones is an avid hunter who has parlayed his love for hunting into participation in two hunting shows. His first, on the Outdoor channel is called “Buck Commander” and follows Jones and former teammates Adam LaRoche and Ryan Langerhans and country music artists Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean on their pursuit of deer. His second show, called “Major League Bowhunter,” is shown weekly on The Sportsman Channel.
Rays pitcher David Price and his French bulldog Astro (named for the dog in "The Jetsons") are inseparable. When the Rays gave away a David Price action figure, fans also received an Astro action figure. And when the city of Tampa gave Price the key to the city, Astro got his own key too. Price also enjoys golf, video games, painting and watching the Food Network.
Texas Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis, who grew up in Bakersfield, Calif., and still lives there, has a go-cart track in his backyard. Lewis and his brother Zach built the track, which has lights, a grass infield and a sprinkler system. Lewis also has a garage full of go-carts. He recently had fellow Bakersfield native, NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick, over for a run around the track and Harvick was suitably impressed.
Tigers pitcher Doug Fister is an avid shutterbug, as he explains here. Other accomplished MLB photographers include Angels teammates C.J. Wilson and Howie Kendrick, the Rockies' Michael Cuddyer and the Athletics' Jed Lowrie, who took over 7,000 shots on his honeymoon in Africa.