Cubs Jake Arrieta front, center, naked on ESPN ‘Body Issue’

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Today we learned not only is Chicago Cubs’ Jake Arrieta in ESPN Magazine’s “Body Issue,” he’s on the cover.

The pitcher and National League Cy Young winner will be front and center – and naked –  when the issue hits  newsstands July 8th.

The magazine’s  eighth annual “Body Issue” features photos of athletes in the nude.

ESPN the Magazine and espnW editor-in-chief Alison Overholt told the Chicago Tribune via email,  “Jake Arietta’s cover selection was immediate and unanimous. … Our team was stunned by his photographs. The extension you can see in his pitching form, the starkness of the image against a desert pitching mound environment. Combine that with the ridiculous streak he’s been on this season, and having him on a cover was just no question.”

Two other Chicago stars are included in the issue: Elena Delle Donne and Christen Press.

Donne is a Chicago Sky basketball player who was awarded the WMBA MVP in 2015. Press plays for the Chicago Red Stars and is a World Cup champion.

There’s a variety of athletes that will be featured in the issue, from soccer stars to Olympic athletes and even a motocross racer. This will feature 10 men and nine women.

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