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Let's rank the 10 best baseball bromances of the 21st century

There's nothing quite like being a big leaguer. You spend March through September (maybe even October) eating, working and hanging with the same few dozen guys, all while trying to manage the pressure-cooker of being a professional athlete. It's a unique dynamic, and it's no wonder that it's produced some of the culture's most profound and moving bromances over the years. We've unveiled our 10 favorites below -- if you disagree with our list, let us know @Cut4.

10. Clayton Kershaw and A.J. Ellis

The two broke in with the Dodgers together back in 2008, and by 2012, Ellis had become Kershaw's de facto personal catcher -- serving as the lefty's batterymate nearly twice as often (118) as the next closest player (Yasmani Grandal, with 62). They seemingly did everything together, from batting practice to bizarre talk show segments

Much to Kershaw's dismay, Ellis was traded to the Phillies back in 2016. Would that distance come between these two? No, no it would not.

9. Curtis Granderson and Lucas Duda

Smack in the middle of the 2015 season, an Instagram account popped up with a rather peculiar handle: WeFollowLucasDuda. 

 

Getting ready for another day at the yard, taken by @munz16

A post shared by Lucas Duda (@wefollowlucasduda) on

The questions were endless. Who had taken this photo? What did they want? Why did Duda look so crestfallen about his socks?

Soon enough, we had answers. It turned out that the account was Granderson's idea, and the goal was simple: to chronicle the life of the stoic, soft-spoken Duda, everywhere he went. The next few years brought us everything from Legos to champagne to cowboys, and eventually, they'd surpassed 100,000 followers.

Things were put on hold when Duda was traded to the Rays during the 2017 season, but if MLB has taught us anything, it's that true bromances can never die:

 

 

8. Aaron Judge and Ronald Torreyes

On paper, they don't have much in common: Judge is a 6-foot-7 outfielder with 79 homers over the last two years, while Torreyes is a 5-foot-8 infielder with four homers in his entire career. 

Of course, that just made their unlikely friendship all the more endearing. Here they are wearing each other's uniforms:

 

Here they are attempting to give each other a high-five:

Torreyes

Just how much do they mean to each other? After homering in Baltimore back in June, Judge high-fived everybody in the dugout ... and then saved one more for Torreyes, who'd been sent down to Triple-A the week prior. (No word yet on if Judge has anything planned now that Toe has been signed by the Twins.)

7. Freddie Freeman and Chipper Jones

When Freeman broke in with the Braves in 2010, he was the wide-eyed, eager to please rookie to Chipper's demanding franchise icon. In 2012, after two years of bringing Jones energy drinks and poker chips, they started hanging out. Then, two years later, it happened -- the event that has bonded them together for life, a tale of snow, courage and Twitter.

 

 

It's not every friendship that gets commemorated with its very own bobblehead:

6. Francisco Lindor and Javier Baez

These two go back forever: They played together as kids growing up in Puerto Rico, they faced each other as top high school prospects in Florida and they represented their native PR in the World Baseball Classic. So of course the bright lights of the World Series wouldn't stop them from messing with each other:

Baez

Even ground balls are battles for bragging rights:

Baez

Baez

5. Hyun-Jin Ryu and Juan Uribe

Neither Ryu nor Uribe spoke much English when they met as Dodgers teammates in 2013. We could tell you about the language barrier that they overcame, or their many antics in the dugout, or their lovely portmanteau: Ryuribe. But instead of all that, we'll let you simply enjoy the following photo essay:

Uribe

Uribe

Uribe

Uribe

4. Lorenzo Cain and Salvador Perez

We could tell you all about how close Cain and Perez became over seven years with the Royals. We could tell you about their questionable fashion choices and LoCain's taste in cereal. But if you'd really like to know just how deep this bond goes, all you have to do is watch the following video, capturing the moment the two reunited for Spring Training 2016 after an offseason apart:

 

3. Bryzzo

Perhaps the most famous friendship in all of baseball, Rizzo and Bryant have been launching dingers (and small businesses) together since the latter made his Major League debut back in 2015. They dance, they sing, they hug, and through it all, they remain best buds -- even if they're both married now. 

 

2. Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus

Beltre seemingly launched a bromance with every single player he came across -- we could write at least 4,000 words on he and Felix Hernandez trolling each other -- but in the end, it's his relationship with his longtime infieldmate that we'll remember. Mostly because they spent much of that time relentlessly trolling each other:

Beltre

Seriously, it's basically all they did:

Beltre

We can only hope they turn this into a buddy cop series after Andrus retires.

1. Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve

We thought long and hard about this. Just about every bromance above has a compelling argument for the top spot. In the end, though, we couldn't give the crown to anybody but the Astros' middle infield duo -- not because of the (admittedly awesome) handshake or the rock-solid work relationship, but because it's quite possible that no athlete has ever looked at another athlete the way Altuve and Correa look at each other:

Correa