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Michael Phelps takes batting practice at Orioles camp

Retired U.S. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps joined the Baltimore Orioles, the team he grew up rooting for, for batting practice on Thursday at the team's spring training facility in Sarasota, Fla. MLB.com Handout. (Feb. 21, 2013)

Now batting for the Baltimore Orioles... No. 18... Michael Phelps?

No, the most decorated Olympian of all time isn't thinking about becoming a professional baseball player. But he did take a few swings for fun Thursday at Orioles camp in Sarasota, Fla.

Phelps, a Baltimore native, chatted with manager Buck Showalter before digging into the batter's box for a few hacks. The 18-time gold medal swimmer didn't hit any out of the ballpark, but he said that he enjoyed hanging out with the team nonetheless.

Phelpsr talked a little about his past baseball experience and what it felt like to hear and feel the crack of the ball off the bat in the above video.

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