Stanton poses nude in ESPN the Magazine

Stanton poses nude in ESPN the Magazine

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton is rarely seen without the signature orange sleeve he wears on his right arm. However, he's missing more than the sleeve in a series of photos recently released in ESPN the Magazine's latest version of The Body Issue.

Stanton is one of 21 athletes who posed nude and answered questions about his body and exercise habits for ESPN. Stanton and Mets pitcher Matt Harvey are the only MLB players featured.

Stanton has yet to see all of the photos.

"It was fun," Stanton said. "It was interesting. It was about eight hours straight. You can't eat much. Then you'd get a little bloated."

Stanton's photos included shots of the slugger being splashed with water, painted gold from head to toe, holding a bat above his head and carrying a large globe in a pose inspired by character Atlas of Greek mythology.

"We did a lot of different stuff," Stanton said. "The paint is what I liked the best, actually."

Marlins manager Mike Redmond saw select photos of Stanton released by ESPN online Tuesday morning. When it comes to posing nude, Redmond is glad the focus centers on the players rather than the manager.

"It would have been a lot tougher to [Photoshop] me," Redmond said. "It would have taken a lot longer to touch me up."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter