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The Item: Career Updates, Special Appearances, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup, MLB Pro Athletes Roundup

The Scoop: Recently Reported: MLB and IFBB Pro League athletes had career updates or made recent guest appearances at various sports, bodybuilding, physique and fitness events. The latest "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report" Pro Athletes Roundup includes the reigning star of the Mr. Olympia bodybuilding stage and a retired star from the Major League Baseball stadium.

The "So What?": IFBB Pro Ben Pakulski (4th place finisher at the Arnold Sports Festival's 2012 IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships, won by IFBB Pro Branch Warren) was the guest poser at the NPC Honolulu Cup Bodybuilding Championships in Waikiki, Hawaii. US Army staffer and IFBB Pro Cedric McMillan took the guest-posing stage at the NPC Mid-Atlantic Classic Championships in Charlotte, North Carolina, while firefighter and IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo appeared at the NPC Central Texas Showdown in Waco. Retired IFBB Pro Chris Cormier held a training clinic at the NPC Badger State Championships in Wisconsin, while the following athletes guest-posed at other National Physique Committee contests: IFBB Pro Branden Ray in Oregon, IFBB Pro Jon Delarosa in New Hampshire, and IFBB Pro Fred Smalls in Pennsylvania.

Two-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath (a former University of Denver, Colorado, Division I collegiate basketball player) was the featured guest performer at the NPC Titans Grand Prix Championships in Culver City, California, where Major League Baseball All-Time Home Run Leader Barry Bonds was also spotted in the crowd. The retired MLB star and reigning IFBB star flexed for a champion-caliber media photo. At the NPC Western Michigan Bodybuilding Championships, 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler was a guest, and rookie IFBB Pro Joe Romine posed. IFBB Pro Ed Nunn was the guest-poser at the NPC Dexter Jackson Memphis Classic in Tennessee, hosted by 2008 Mr. Olympia and 3-time Arnold Classic winner IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson.
 
Andrew Oye's Verdict: Amidst my ongoing coverage of the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness, monitoring of the IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series, and chronicling the countdown to Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend, it's always a cool thing when editions of my Pro Athletes Roundup include accomplished athletes from various segments of the professional sports industry supporting each other. In this case, it was a former player in the MLB World Series Championships (a.k.a. the "Super Bowl of baseball") and a current presenter at the IFBB Mr. Olympia Championships (a.k.a. the "Super Bowl of bodybuilding").

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