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Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Nick Castellanos is trying to redefine what a superhero is.

Sure, you have Captain American and Iron Man, or Batman and Robin. But Castellanos said on Monday during his All-Star Game interview that there is a member of the pantheon being overlooked.

He wears a collar and eats snacks named after him.

He’s Scooby-Doo.

“First off, he’s a dog who can talk,” Castellanos said. “So, I think a dog that can talk and can help people by solving mysteries is a superhero.”

Castellanos was being interviewed by KTZV NewsChannel 21 about Scooby-Doo. Apparently, this isn’t the first time Castellanos has lobbied for the Scooby-snack eating crime solver to be considered a superhero, either. Here’s the video.

Turns out Castellanos was dead serious about this.

Scooby-Doo first hit television airwaves in 1969 as an animated cartoon. He and a group of teenagers —Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley, and Shaggy Rogers — drove around in the “Mystery Machine” van solving crimes.

Scooby-Doo has been around in some form since then, and TV Guide named it the fifth-greatest TV cartoon of all-time in 2013.

And if Castellanos has anything to say about it, Scooby-Doo is a superhero.

It’s not clear if he had an opinion on Scooby’s much-more polarizing nephew, Scrappy-Doo.

Castellanos and the Phillies resume the season on Friday at home against the San Diego Padres.

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