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Baseball is the slowest of the major American sports, but only because its excitement comes in very short bursts. There's plenty of action to be had from the moment the pitcher winds up. SweetSpot blogger David Schoenfield has put together a list of the five most exciting players in baseball. How would you rate them? Submit your rankings now!

MLB's most exciting players

Miguel Cabrera

Yu Darvish

Andrew McCutchen

Yasiel Puig

Mike Trout

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Mike Trout seems like a pretty laid-back guy, but apparently that doesn't include the issue of performance-enhancing drug use in baseball. The Angels outfielder said that, if it were up to him, PED users would be banned for life -- no suspensions, just a permanent ejection on the first offense. Trout said it was unfair to players who aren't using to be forced to play with PED users, but is his opinion a little too draconian?

Here's a sampling of what readers had to say in our Facebook conversation on the story:

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Miguel Cabrera, Mike TroutChris Buck for ESPNMiguel Cabrera and Mike Trout battled it out for the AL MVP vote in 2012.


Voting for the 2013 ESPYS Awards is open, and today we're debating the best player in baseball from the past year. Miguel Cabrera pulled off the first Triple Crown in quite some time, but some stats have Mike Trout's 2012 season as far above Cabrera's. R.A. Dickey and David Price were nigh unhittable last season, and Buster Posey won NL MVP in the same year he added another World Series trophy to his case. Who gets your vote?

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Nike has always been connected with the world's best athletes, so there's no surprise that Rory McIlroy joined the team. The 23-year-old golfing phenom is said to have signed a nine-figure deal, joining Tiger Woods, Roger Federer and LeBron James as athletes to don the swoosh. But that trio is all over 25 years old. Which athletes 25 and under -- McIlroy's age group -- are the most marketable? Submit your rankings below!

Marketable athletes 25 and under

Victoria Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka

Age: 23
Sport: Tennis
Notable sponsor: Nike

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

Age: 24
League: NBA
Notable sponsor: Nike

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin

Age: 23
League: NBA
Notable sponsor: Kia

Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III

Age: 22
League: NFL
Notable sponsor: Adidas

Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper

Age: 20
League: MLB
Notable sponsor: Under Armour

Jon Jones

Jon Jones

Age: 25
Sport: MMA
Notable sponsor: Nike

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy

Age: 23
Sport: Golf
Notable sponsor: Nike

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

Age: 25
Sport: Soccer
Notable sponsor: Adidas

Alex Morgan

Alex Morgan

Age: 23
Sport: Soccer
Notable sponsor: Nike

Cam Newton

Cam Newton

Age: 23
League: NFL
Notable sponsor: Under Armour

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose

Age: 24
League: NBA
Notable sponsor: Adidas

Mike Trout

Mike Trout

Age: 21
League: MLB
Notable sponsor: BODYARMOR SuperDrink

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