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Ex-Marlins Dan Uggla and Brad Penny are still playing -- in Kansas!

Brad Penny, shown pitching at Pro Player Stadium in 2004.
Brad Penny, shown pitching at Pro Player Stadium in 2004. Miami Herald

Ever wonder what Dan Uggla is up to these days? Or Brad Penny? Or even Heath Bell?

The former Marlins have been out of professional baseball for a few years. But they haven’t hung up their spikes.

Uggla, Penny and Bell are members of the Kansas Stars, a collection of former major-leaguers taking part in the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kansas.

Josh Beckett and Roger Clemens played for the Stars last year.

This year’s roster includes such names as Chipper Jones, Roy Oswalt, Roy Halladay, Jonny Gomes, Jake Peavy, Ben Sheets and Tim Hudson.

"I don’t think anybody’s prepared the way you should be," Penny said. "But it’s fun to see. It’s like a week’s vacation, really."

Penny, who was a member of the 2003 World Series champion Marlins, threw his last Major League pitch in 2014. Bell, who was one of the biggest signing busts in franchise history, last pitched in ‘14. And Uggla, a Rule 5 draft pick for the Marlins who blossomed into one of the league’s best infield sluggers, called it quits in 2015.

The NBC is in its 83rd year and features mostly college-age teams from around the country.

The Stars’ game at 8 p.m. tonight will be televised live on ESPN2.

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