Braves prospect Freddie Freeman of the Rome Braves is one of several minor leaguers invited to camp this week by the team.
I took this shot of Freddie during batting practice prior to a game against the Greenville Drive at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C.
Jason Heyward’s stock is rising fast. He’s among the Braves top prospects, and he’s in the Minor League Baseball Top 10, also.
He’s definitely in my own personal Top 10 players I like to photograph. He’s always smiling and genuinely seems to always be having fun playing baseball. His love of the game always rubs off on me and I have a better day at the park.
Here’s a photo of him during batting practice May 9, 2008, in Greenville, S.C. when he was with the Rome Braves.
I love watching pitching coaches do their thing, and I particularly like the guys in the Atlanta organization. Derek Botelho is a hands-on coach, and I have several photos of him instructing young pitchers when he was with the Mississippi Braves.
He’s going to be moving up to serve as Triple-A Gwinnett’s pitching coach in 2009, and I should have a chance to photograph him again this year.
Here Botelho, left, instructs RHP Michael Nix of the Mississippi Braves, prior to a game on April 9, 2008.
It’s good to hear that Gabe Kapler has been signed to play for the Tampa Bay Rays this year. Kapler and the Rays agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract. Kapler was the hardest-working manager in the Sally League two years ago when he briefly stepped away from the majors to manage the Greenville Drive.
This is my favorite photo of Kapler, taken July 23, 2007. It was hard to photograph him because he never stayed in one place very long. After I clicked the shutter on this one, he was gone again.
On the occasion of publishing a new baseball photo blog, I begin with a tip of my cap to the photographers who came before me and left us a grand legacy. This is one of the many photos made available in the public domain by the Library of Congress. Welcome to the new blog. I hope I can do these photographers justice.