October 2009

Giants prospect Villalona jailed on a murder charge

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August 25, 2008: Angel Villalona of the Augusta GreenJackets at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. Photo by:  Tom Priddy/MiLB.com
San Francisco Giants first base prospect Angel Villalona, who by all accounts became a millionaire when he signed with the Giants, is awaiting trial for the shooting death of a 25-year-old man in the Dominican Republic, according to reports from the Associated Press.
According to the reports, Villalona, 19, who last played against the Drive in Greenville last year when he was with Class A Augusta, turned himself in to police the day after a man was shot in a bar in La Romana last month. 
According to the AP report, Villalona, who pleaded innocent, could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. I scanned the Web to see if I could find anything new about the case, but I suspect justice moves slowly in some parts of the world.
In a statement, the Giants said, “We will monitor the situation closely and trust that the judicial process in the Dominican Republic will resolve the matter promptly and fairly.”

How long until pitchers and catchers report?

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July 8, 2009: Infielder Oscar Tejeda (3) of the Greenville Drive, No. 12 prospect of the Boston Red Sox, plays a game of pepper wearing a pink hat on breast cancer awareness night at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. A portion of the proceeds for the game went to breast cancer research. Photo by: Tom Priddy/MiLB.com
I’m in denial. The Minor League baseball season has been over for a month, and I’m trying not to think about it.
Unlike many of my photographer colleagues, I don’t shoot much outside the baseball season. No soccer, no volleyball, precious little football (none so far this season) and I don’t care for basketball photography at all. So unless I can find a Clemson fall baseball scrimmage this month, I’m done until the Tigers start play around next Valentine’s Day.
It’s gonna be a long off-season, as always. However, I’ll be posting photos from my archives, some of my favorites, some relating to trades or the fall or winter leagues.
Here’s a shot I took to illustrate breast cancer awareness day. (Coincidentally, it’s relevant again as October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.)