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Is it spring yet?
The sign marking the turnoff to Tempe Diablo Stadium, spring training home of the Angels.
Catcher Ryan Hanigan coming in from the bullpen before a spring training game.
Hanigan was traded to the Rays today. He’ll be their starting catcher.
Tender is the night
March 2013 - Cleveland Indians outfielder Drew Stubbs tracks down a fly ball.
Stubbs is one of many players who were tendered contracts today. The deadline is midnight. Players not tendered contracts by midnight ET become free agents.
Champ, one of the mascots for the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, dressed up for Christmas.
July 2013 - The Hudson Valley Renegades’ Ty Young (Rays’ 7th round draft pick out of Louisville) slides into third, beating the throw to the State College Spikes third baseman, Carson Kelly (Cardinals’ 2nd round draft pick out of Westview High School).
Short-season Class-A is generally for recent draftees, who are just learning to hit with wooden bats.
Lonnie David Chisenhall
March 2013 - Cleveland Indians third basebman Lonnie Chisenhall greets fans before a spring training game.
Maybelle Blair and Shirley Burkovich
Maybelle Blair and Shirley Burkovich, former players in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. Blair was a pitcher and Burkovich was a utility infielder and outfielder. In the photo, Maybelle is complaining that Shirley got a part in A League of Their Own and she didn’t.
PNC Field in infrared
Infrared photo of PNC Field, home of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
The RailRiders are the AAA affiliate of the NY Yankees.
Late and Wide
March 2011 - Padres catcher Kyle Phillips keeps the ball from getting past him, but it’s late and wide. Two runners scored.
Making a Splash
July 2013 - Between-innings entertainment at Hudson Valley Renegades games includes a game where fans try to catch tossed water balloons in a spike-lined colander attached to a batting helmet.
The Renegades are the Tampa Rays Short-season Class-A affiliate.