Results tagged ‘ Myrtle Beach Pelicans ’

Everybody has an opinion about the Craig Kimbrel trade

Everybody has an opinion about the #Braves trading closer Craig Kimbrel to the Padres, including me:


And even Chipper Jones asks fans to stay positive:

Here are a few of my photos from over the years:

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Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves visits Academy Sports in Spartanburg, S.C., as part of the 2011 Braves Caravan, Feb. 3, 2011.

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Spring Training, 2009.

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Spring Training, 2009.

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Myrtle Beach Pelicans, 2009.

And finally Craig himself chimed in on Twitter today:

Freddie and Jason together back in 2009

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Dugout scene of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, including Freddie Freeman, second from left, and Jason Heyward, second from right, Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, on 2009 opening day, April 9, 2009, at BB&T Coastal Field in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

In recognition of Freddie Freeman making the All-Star Team, here’s a look back at my favorite Freddie photo, from Class A in 2009. Oh, and that’s Jason Heyward sitting next to him, by the way. #VoteFreddie

Pitcher Tyler Wilson of the Frederick Keys

The sweat flies off Pitcher Tyler Wilson (26) of the Frederick Keys in a game against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on August 4, 2012, at TicketReturn.Com Field in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Myrtle Beach won, 4-3. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

A different angle for a play at the plate

Catcher Tomas Telis (17) of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans tags out Michael Flacco (27) of the Frederick Keys in a game on August 4, 2012, at TicketReturn.Com Field in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Flacco was attempting to score from second base on a fielding error in the top of the 7th inning. Myrtle Beach won, 4-3. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

I always look forward to trying something a little bit different. Saturday night I had one of those chances.

I was able to free up the time drive over to Myrtle Beach and shoot the Pelicans-Frederick Keys game. The Pelicans’ stadium, now called the TicketReturn.Com Field, is normally a tough place to shoot. The light streaks in from the first-base side, casting long shadows. Hat shadows are awful.

At the start of the game the batters are half in shadows and have in direct sunlight.

(At least I don’t have to play left field. Those poor guys have to stare directly into the sun until it drops down below the stadium walls.)

And then when the sun goes down the field lights don’t provide the best possible illumination.

But enough negatives. The best part of the stadium is that the netting does not extend over the dugouts, making it possible to sit in the upper stands and get a great, unobstructed view of the action on the infield.

So Saturday night I climbed up to a metal bench seat in section 200-something and caught this image at home plate.

Braves sign Prado, Wilson to one-year deals

Martin Prado of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A Carolina League affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, taken May 13, 2005, at Pfitzner Stadium, Woodbridge, Va. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

The Atlanta Braves have signed veteran utility man Martin Prado to a one-year contract.

David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that “The deal, which will pay Prado between $4.5 and $5 million, has no real bearing on the whether the Braves end up trading him because any conversations have come with the understanding that Prado would draw this kind of salary for 2012.”

The Braves also signed infielder Jack Wilson to a one-year deal.


Matt Young gets the call for opening day

9 April 2008: Infielder Matt Young (6) of the Mississippi Braves, Class AA affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, in the season’s home opener against the Mobile BayBears at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss. Photo by: Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images

Infielder Matt Young, a long-time Minor Leaguer, got the word today that he’ll be on the Atlanta Braves’ 25-man roster on opening day.

Reports from the Braves’ beat writers indicate that Young was so emotional when he was given the news Sunday morning that he temporarily forgot to listen to anything else that was said.

Nobody in the Braves organization has worked harder to get a roster spot. Young, generously listed at 5 feet 8 inches, has had to work harder than anyone else to get noticed. He has been a perennial award winner and all-star.

He hit .300 last year at Triple-A, .358 just a few months ago in Mexico, and in his career was player of the week in the International League, Southern League, Carolina League, Best Hustler in the Southern League . . . and you get the picture.

Has his height kept him back? Probably, but he keeps hustling and winning awards. And now he finally got the call after being in the Braves organization since 2005.

I’ve photographed him for several years, including quite a bit when he was in Mississippi, and I haven’t seen very many players work as hard as he has. He deserves this shot.

Also selected to the opening day roster today were Brandon Hicks, also a long-time Braves farmhand, another feel-good announcement.

15 March 2009: Brandon Hicks in a game between the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros at the Braves’ Spring Training camp at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Photo by: Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images










Jason Heyward to start in right field for Braves

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Jason Heyward of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, warms up prior to a game against the Wilmington Blue Rocks April 10, 2009 at BB&T Coastal Field in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Photo by:  Tom Priddy/
Bobby Cox today announced that rookie Jason Heyward, MLB’s No. 1 prospect, will start the 2010 season in right field for Atlanta.
Alden Gonzalez of quotes Cox as saying during his meeting this morning with Heyward: “I’m delighted to tell you that you’re on the team, Jason, simply because it makes us a better team.”
Cox called it an easy decision because Heyward was batting .366 with a .500 on-base percentage in his first 16 spring games, Gonzalez writes.
Heyward is no stranger to my blogs. I love the guy and have photographed him many times, including:

Freddie Freeman continues impressive season

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       April 10, 2009: First baseman Freddie Freeman (12) of the Myrtle Beach 
       Pelicans, Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, in a game against the 
       Wilmington Blue Rocks at BB&T Coastal Field in Myrtle Beach, S.C. 
       Photo by:  Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images/
I’m terribly late with this, but first baseman Freddie Freeman was voted the Carolina League’s Topps Player of the Month for June in a poll of the league’s managers.
In my own defense, however, the league was a bit late with the award, too. By the time this came out he already had been promoted to Double A.

Oh, my gosh — Braves trade Francoeur

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I just found out that the Atlanta Braves have traded outfielder Jeff Francoeur, one of the team’s most popular players, to the New York Mets for Ryan Church.
Maybe I’ll have something else to say later . . . but, you know, I just can’t formulate anything right now . . .
This 2005 photo when he was with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans is the oldest one I could find on my current computer. I’d have to dig out some backup drives for anything older. I’ve photographed Jeff for many years, all the way back to Class A ball. The gallery of some of my favorite photos is listed below.

Heyward is Atlanta’s lone prospect at Futures

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       April 10, 2009: Outfielder Jason Heyward (34) of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, 
       Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, before a game against the Wilmington 
       Blue Rocks at BB&T Coastal Field in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Photo by:  Tom 
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Myrtle Beach Pelicans outfielder Jason Heyward is one of 25 Minor Leaguers, and the only Atlanta prospect, who will represent the United States in the 11th annual XM All-Star Futures Game July 12. 
The Pelicans’ news release says it best: “Heyward, 19, has spent all season with the Pelicans, seeing action in 41 games this year. The outfielder is batting .288 with nine home runs and 23 runs batted in for Myrtle Beach.  Heyward was named Carolina League Player of the Week for May 11-17, having batted .319 (6-for-19) with three home runs, five runs batted in, five walks and just one strikeout over that span. He was named to the Carolina League All-Star Team as well, one of only two Pelicans, along with fellow outfielder Cody Johnson, to receive the honor.”
They didn’t say anything about how photogenic he is — so I’ll throw that in here at the end. I love taking his photo. Who wouldn’t?