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Jimmy Rollins once appeared in an MC Hammer video and all he remembers are free doughnuts

Jimmy Rollins is a former National League MVP winner. He's a three-time All-Star, a four-time Gold Glove winner and is now in his 17th year in the Majors.

Rollins also is a former actor. Well, actor actually might be a little bit of a stretch, but the White Sox infielder appeared in two or three MC Hammer videos and one Mavis Staples video in the late '80s and early '90s.

And that Hammer video appearance didn't come from Rollins being friends with the Grammy Award winner.

"No, Hammer was a star. You know, that's Stanley Burrell," Rollins said. "He just had an open audition for his upcoming mini-movie, which was kind of like when Michael Jackson was doing those mini-movies and turning them into video at the same time. He was doing the same thing and had an open casting call. My mother took us to it. I guess we did get enough to get in some videos and some scenes in the movies as extras."

And what does Rollins remember about the videos? (We and most of the Internet have him appearing in "Addams Family Groove," but the shortstop doesn't seem to remember.) There were doughnuts and coffee, although he didn't drink coffee at the time.

"But the doughnuts were good," Rollins said with a smile.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.