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Andy Cohen is a talk show host and television producer. He hosts the Bravo show Watch What Happens: Live and is the executive producer of The Real Housewives franchise. In 2010, he won an Emmy Award as an Executive Producer for his reality series Top Chef. Andy has hosted multiple Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants and is a regular on various morning today shows. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri and attended college at Boston University.
Andre Dawson was a 2010 inductee to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Dawson played 21 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Montreal Expos (1976-86), the Chicago Cubs (1987-1992), the Boston Red Sox (1993-1994) and the Florida Marlins (1995-96). He was the recipient of the 1977 National League Rookie of the Year Award. He posted 78 extra-base hits (36 2B, 10 3B, 32 HR) in 1983 for the Expos. Dawson was named N.L. MVP in 1987 after hitting 49 home runs with 137 RBI for the Cubs. "The Hawk" was an eight-time N.L. All-Star (1981-1983 and 1987-1991) and an eight-time Gold Glove winner. He had 13 seasons of 20 or more home runs. Andre was a member of both the 1981 N.L. East Champion Montreal Expos and the 1989 N.L. East Champion Chicago Cubs. Dawson is now a special assistant to the President of the Miami Marlins.
James Denton is an actor best known for his role as Mike Delfino in ABC's award-winning series Desperate Housewives. In addition to Desperate Housewives, Denton has also previously appeared in The West Wing and Ally McBeal. He is a part-owner of the Orange County Flyers, who are an independent minor league baseball team in the Golden Baseball League. Denton is originally from Nashville, Tennessee but currently lives in Chanhassen, Minnesota with his wife and two children.
Chris Distefano is one of the hosts of MTV2's Off The Bat, which is a new show that has partnered with Major League Baseball to bring baseball and pop culture together. Chris is originally from Brooklyn, and he certainly brings a Brooklyn flavor to his work. In addition to Off The Bat, Chris has also made regular appearances on MTV's Guy Code and Girl Code. In addition to his career in comedy, Chris has a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a doctorate in Physical Therapy.
Jennie Finch is a former softball player who pitched for the USA National Softball team. She helped lead Team USA to a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics and a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Time Magazine has called her the most famous softball player of all time. She retired from softball in 2010, and is currently working at ESPN as a color analyst for professional and college softball.
Rollie Fingers pitched in the Major Leagues from 1968-1985 and was a key pitcher for Oakland's three straight World Series Championship teams from 1972-74. A 1992 inductee to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, he was a seven-time All-Star and the 1981 winner of both the American League Most Valuable Player and the A.L. Cy Young Award after going 6-3 with a 1.04 ERA and 28 saves for the Brewers. Fingers was the Most Valuable Player of the 1974 World Series after going 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA and two saves in four games. Fingers won 10 or more games in four seasons and led his League in saves and games pitched three times each. He had a career 2.90 ERA and 341 saves. In his 30 career Postseason games, his ERA was 2.35. The durable right-hander led his league in games pitched three times.
Dwight Gooden pitched in the Major Leagues from 1984-2000 with the New York Mets (1984-1994), the New York Yankees (1996-1997, 2000), the Cleveland Indians (1998-1999), the Houston Astros (2000) and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2000). After a Rookie of the Year-winning debut season in 1984, he won the 1985 National League Cy Young Award with a 24-4 record and a 1.53 ERA. "Doctor K" was a four-time N.L. All-Star (1984-86, 88) and the ace of the Club's 1986 World Series Championship team. He was the starting pitcher for the Senior Circuit in the 1986 Midsummer Classic in Houston. The Florida native won at least 15 games in six of his first seven Major League seasons and won 17 games or more in five of his first seven years. Gooden threw a no-hitter for the Yankees in the 1996 season, and he was a part of the Club's World Championships in both 1996 and 2000. He posted a 194-112 mark with a 3.51 ERA in his 16-year career.
Rickey Henderson played in the Major Leagues from 1979-2003. He entered the Hall of Fame in 2009. Henderson is considered by many to be the greatest leadoff man of all-time. Rickey is the game's all-time leader in stolen bases (1,406) and runs scored (2,295) and he ranks second in walks (2,190). He led his league in stolen bases 12 times and topped the 100 mark three times. The 10-time All-Star is a member of the 3,000 hit club with 3,055, ranking 22nd all-time. He batted .279 in his career with 297 home runs, 1,115 RBI and a .401 on-base percentage. He set career-highs with 130 stolen bases in 1982, 146 runs scored in 1985, 126 walks in 1989, and 28 home runs in 1986 and 1990. He was the 1989 ALCS Most Valuable Player and he helped lift the A's to the 1989 World Series, batting .441 in the 1989 Postseason overall. He was the 1990 American League MVP after batting .325 with 28 homers, 61 RBI, 65 stolen bases, 119 runs scored and a .439 OBP. Henderson also was a member of the 1993 World Champion Blue Jays.
Melanie Iglesias is an actress and model from Brooklyn, New York. She has been featured in magazines such as "Maxim," "Esquire," and Vibe." She, along with Chris Distefano, Sway, and Fat Joe, hosts MTV2's Off the Bat, which is a partnership with Major League Baseball to celebrate both baseball and pop culture. She also makes regular appearances on MTV's Girl Code and Guy Code.
Fat Joe is a rapper, performer, and TV personality from New York City. His first album, "Represent," was released in 1993 and he has been active in the music and entertainment industry ever since. During his career, he has been nominated for two Grammy Awards, one BET Award, and one MTV Video Music Award. His voice was featured in the animated film "Happy Feet" and he also made an appearance as himself in "Scary Movie 3." Currently, he is one of the hosts of MTV2's Off the Bat, which celebrates both baseball and pop culture.
Fred Lynn was a Major League outfielder from 1974-1990 with the Boston Red Sox (1974-80), the California Angels (1981-84), the Baltimore Orioles (1985-88), the Detroit Tigers (1988-89) and the San Diego Padres (1990). He was an All-Star in each of his first nine Major League seasons. In 1975 (.331, 47 2B, 21 HR, 105 RBI, .566 SLG), he became the first player in history to win Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player honors in the same season en route to helping Boston secure the American League pennant. Lynn set career highs with an American League-best .333 average, 116 runs, 39 homers and 122 RBI in 1979. The batted The University of Southern California product was a four-time Gold Glove winner. He hit the only grand slam in All-Star Game history in 1983 at Comiskey Park in Chicago.
Charlie McDermott is a 24 year old actor and director. He is best known for his role as Axl Heck on ABC's The Middle. He also has appeared on The Office, Medium, and Private Practice. Additionally, he has acted in multiple movies including Hot Tub Time Machine, Frozen River, and The Village. Charlie is from West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Maya Moore is a member of the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx. After winning two National Championships during her career at the University of Connecticut, she was the number one overall draft pick by the Lynx in the 2011 WNBA Draft. Since joining the Lynx, she has led her team to two WNBA Championships (2011, 2013), been named First Team All-WNBA (2013), WNBA Finals MVP (2013), and WNBA Rookie of the Year (2011). Moore also won a Gold Medal as a member of the U.S. Women's Basketball Team at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
Jack Morris begins his eighth season as a broadcaster for the Twins in 2014. The Minnesota native returns home after spending 2013 as color analyst for Toronto Blue Jays radio broadcasts. He spent 2005-11 as a Twins radio analyst.
Morris, 58, is a 1973 graduate of Highland Park High School in St. Paul. He went on to play three seasons at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, before being drafted in the 5th round of the 1976 draft by the Detroit Tigers. He played 14 years for the Tigers, one year for the Twins, two for the Toronto Blue Jays and finished his career in 1994 with the Cleveland Indians. In all, Morris won four World Series championships.
During his 18-year career, Morris had a record of 254-186, 3.90 ERA with 1390 walks and 2478 strikeouts in 549 career games (527 starts). He won 10-or-more games 14 times during his career and threw 10-or-more complete games in a season 11 times. A five-time All-Star, he was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1991 World Series after going 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA in three starts vs. the Atlanta Braves, including a 10-inning complete game victory to win Game Seven and the World Series for the Twins.
Jack and his wife, Jennifer, have a son Miles, and reside in Grant, MN. Morris also has two grown children, Austin and Erik.
Nelly is a rapper, singer-songwriter, actor, and Cardinals fan from St. Louis, Missouri. He has won multiple Grammy Awards and his best-selling album Country Grammar made it to the number one spot on the Billboard 200. Nelly played a supporting role as an inmate/running back alongside Adam Sandler and Chris Rock in the 2005 remake of The Longest Yard. He starred in the 2009 Celebrity Softball Game played in his hometown of St. Louis and won Co-MVP honors along with Bobby Knight.
Zach Parise is a Left Winger and Alternate Captain for the Minnesota Wild. During his career, Parise has played for two NHL teams: the Wild and the New Jersey Devils. He has scored more than 200 goals and collected more than 250 assists so far during his nine-year career. He is also a two-time member of the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team. His four goals and four assists during the 2010 Olympics helped Team USA earn a Silver Medal. Parise currently resides in Orono, Minnesota with his wife.
Adrian Peterson is a Running Back, six-time Pro Bowler, and NFL MVP with the Minnesota Vikings. He has led the NFL in rushing yards twice (2008, 2012), and was named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2007. After a successful college career with the Oklahoma Sooners, Peterson was drafted seventh overall my the Vikings in the 2007 NFL Draft. During his 2012 MVP season, Peterson finished with 2,097 rushing yards, only nine short of the Eric Dickerson's all-time single-season record.
Mike Piazza played in the Major Leagues from 1992-2007, primarily with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1992-1998) and the New York Mets (1998-2005). The 12-time All-Star ranks among the most accomplished offensive catchers of all-time. He was the runner-up for National League Most Valuable Player honors in 1996 and 1997, and he finished third in 2000, the year that he led the Mets to their first World Series since 1986. Piazza batted .308 in his career with 427 home runs, 1,335 RBI and a .377 on-base percentage. He posted nine seasons of more than 30 home runs and had six seasons of 100+ RBI. He tied career-highs with 40 home runs and 124 RBI in both 1997 and 1999. Piazza's clubs participated in five Postseasons. One of his most famous moments came on September 21, 2001, when his eighth inning, two-run homer lifted the Mets to a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves in the first sporting event in New York City after the tragic events of 9/11.
Actor/Comedian/Writer/Producer/Director Rob Riggle has been a staple in comedic films for over 15 years. Most recently, Riggle was seen in Sony Picture's hit comedy, 22 Jump Street, opposite Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum which grossed over $230 million to date. 22 Jump Street is the sequel to 2012's 21 Jump Street in which Rob also starred.
Up next, Riggle will co-star alongside Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in Universal Pictures' Dumb & Dumber To, the sequel to 1994 comedy classic, Dumb & Dumber. He will also be seen in Twentieth Century Fox's comedy, Let's Be Cops, starring Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson which opens August 13th. Riggle will lend his voice for a role in Hell and Back, the R-rated stop motion animated comedy alongside Mila Kunis and Susan Sarandon. Riggle is currently in production of GFM Films' Absolutely Anything with Kate Beckinsale, Robin Williams and Simon Pegg.
In 2012, Riggle co-starred Drew Barrymore in the Universal Pictures' drama, Big Miracle. He also lent his vocal talents to the hit animated film, Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, adapted from the beloved Dr. Seuss book, where he plays the misguided yet charismatic villain, O'Hare. Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, opened at number one at the box office and went on to earn over $348 million worldwide for Universal.
While establishing his place on the big screen, Riggle has also remained a mainstay in television. He is currently a host on Fox NFL Sunday, the number one NFL pre-game show, and can also be seen on Adult Swim's NTSF:SD:SUV:: as "President of the Navy." Riggle also hosted the 2012 ESPY Awards which saw ratings rise 22% from 2011. Other television credits include 30 Rock, The Office, Arrested Development, Modern Family and New Girl.
Riggle is known for his memorable characters in comedy hits like The Hangover, where he played Officer Franklin, a cop who exacts his vengeance on the groomsmen (Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms) after they steal his patrol car. He is also known for his four year stint as a correspondent on the multiple Emmy Award-winning show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He has appeared in comedy classics such as Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Step Brothers, The Other Guys, along with Going the Distance and Larry Crowne opposite Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. Further proving his voice-over talents, Riggle earned an Emmy nomination last year for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for Disney's Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice.
Riggle began his comedy career in 1997 in New York City while still on active duty in the Marine Corps. Like many comedy greats before him he got his start at Upright Citizens Brigade where he started as a student and eventually taught classes. Riggle's efforts at UCB eventually earned him a spot on the comedy mecca, Saturday Night Live, fulfilling one of his lifelong dreams.
While Riggle has made audiences around the world laugh with his comedic talents, he also has served as a member of the United States Marine Corps. Initially joining the Marine Corps at the age of 19 in 1990, Riggle rose through the ranks and has served in various countries including Albania, Liberia, and Afghanistan. Lieutenant Colonel Riggle recently retired from the Marine Corps Reserve and served 22 years total, 9 years active duty, 13 years in the reserves earning over 21 medals and ribbons.
Riggle was born in Louisville, Kentucky and raised in Overland Park, Kansas. He attended Shawnee Mission South High School and went to college at the University of Kansas, where he developed his love for the Jayhawks. He graduated with a B.A. in Theater & Film and later received a Masters in Public Administration from Webster University.
He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and 2 children.
Ozzie Smith played in the Major Leagues from 1978-1996 with the San Diego Padres (1978-81) and the St. Louis Cardinals (1982-1996). "The Wizard of Oz" was a 2002 inductee into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, a 15-time National League All-Star and a 13-time Gold Glove winner. He finished his career with 2,460 hits and 580 stolen bases. Smith played in three World Series with the Cardinals and helped St. Louis win the 1982 World Series. He finished second in NL Most Valuable Player voting in 1987 after setting career-highs with 104 runs, 40 doubles, 75 RBI and 89 walks. Ozzie was named MVP of the 1985 NL Championship Series after hitting .435 with a home run and three RBI; hit walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth of Game 5 of the '85 NLCS.
John Smoltz was a Major League pitcher from 1988-2009 with the Atlanta Braves (1988-2008), the Boston Red Sox (2009) and St. Louis Cardinals (2009). He was an eight-time All-Star and was the National League Cy Young Award Winner in 1996 after going 24-8 with a 2.94 ERA and 276 strikeouts in 253.2 innings pitched. Known by most as a starting pitcher, Smoltz moved to the bullpen midway through the 2001 season following his recovery from Tommy John surgery to become Atlanta's closer for the next three-plus seasons. Smoltz set a then-N.L. record 55 saves in 2002 to become just the second hurler to notch both a 20-win season and a 50-save season, joining Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley. In addition to being only pitcher in Major League history to top 200 wins and 150 saves in a career, the Warren, Michigan native became the 16th member of the 3,000-strikeout club in early 2008. In Game 7 of the 1991 World Series, Smoltz went toe-to-toe with Minnesota Twins starter Jack Morris for seven shutout innings in a no-decision.
Sway is a rapper from Oakland, California. In addition to his career in hip-hop, Sway also acts as a contributor, executive producer, and host on various MTV platforms. He started with MTV in 2000, joining "TRL" and several other music video shows and news specials as a correspondent. Currently, he is one of the hosts of MTV2's Off the Bat, which brings together Major League Baseball players and discusses elements of both baseball and pop culture.
Jim Thome was a five-time All-Star first baseman in his 22 years in the Major Leagues, playing for the Cleveland Indians (1991-2002, 2011); the Philadelphia Phillies (2003-2005, 2012); the Chicago White Sox (2006-2009); the Los Angeles Dodgers (2009); the Minnesota Twins (2010-2011); and the Baltimore Orioles (2012). The 612 career homers from the patient, powerful slugger rank seventh in MLB history. He finished his career with a .276 batting average, 1,699 RBI and a .402 OBP. Thome is the Indians' franchise leader in home runs (337) and walks (1,008), while he ranks second in Cleveland history in RBI (937) and third in on-base percentage (.414) and slugging (.566). The Illinois native hit 35 or more homers in a season nine times, and he averaged nearly 48 homers per year in the four-year stretch from 2001-2004. His clubs participated in the Postseason 10 times, including the 1995 and 1997 World Series with Cleveland. As a designated hitter with the A.L. Central Champion Twins in 2010, Thome hit .283 with 25 homers, 59 RBI and a .412 OBP. He hit his 600th career homer as a Twin in 2011.
Andrew Zimmern is a chef and television personality. He has been the host of the Travel Channel series Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern since 2007. The show focuses on foods from around the world that are traditionally perceived by Americans as disgusting, exotic, or bizarre. Zimmern is originally from New York City, where he began his culinary career at age 14. He gained wide acclaim during his tenure as Executive Chef at Café Un Deau Trois in Minneapolis. He currently lives in Edina, Minnesota with his wife and their son.