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Donald Lutz, MLB's first German ballplayer, hangs out with Dirk Nowitzki

Donald Lutz hangs out with Dirk Nowitzki

The list of successful NBA stars from Germany isn't expansive and the number of German-developed Major League Baseball players is currently just one: Reds outfielder/first baseman Donald Lutz.

Put two of Deutschland's premier athletes in the same room together? Well, that's wunderbar!

On Sunday night when Dirk Nowitzki's Dallas Mavericks came to Arizona to play the Phoenix Suns, Lutz was in attendance at U.S. Airways Center. Dallas wound up losing, 98-92, but Nowitzki didn't leave town empty handed, or leer gereicht.

As seen on his Twitter feed, Lutz presented Nowitzki with a Reds jersey.

Although listed at 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, Lutz still looked like a small point guard compared to the seven-foot tall Nowitzki.

On Monday when he returned to Reds camp, Lutz learned he was optioned to Triple-A Louisville. He played for the big league club in parts of 2013 and '14, totaling 62 games. On April 29, 2013, he became the first German-developed player to appear in a Major League game.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon.

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