Results tagged ‘ Wilmington Blue Rocks ’

Sometimes you get the ball, sometimes it gets you

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When you’re photographing pitchers warming up at the top of an inning, getting the ball in the picture is one of the goals.
Most of the time.
The photo above is, um, sort of a bull’s eye. But not a good one.
Thank goodness the bottom one turned out better. 
April 9, 2009: RHP Alex Caldera (29) of the Wilmington Blue Rocks, Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, in a game against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans at BB&T Coastal Field in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Photo by: Tom Priddy/
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Whatever happened to all the stirrup socks?

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Stirrup socks may be a dying trend in the majors, but in the minors it “ain’t dead yet,” according to a story in the Wall Street Journal.
Says the Journal article: “From T-ball to college ball, heritage-minded coaches still want them. In the minors, where there’s less pay and more discipline, some teams like the [Myrtle Beach] Pelicans and the [Wilmington] Blue Rocks have lately been instructing players to show white, too.”
The WSJ reporter must have attended one of the same games I did at the start of the season. One look at the above photo, taken April 9, and you see the Pelicans players all wear the stirrup socks.
In the photo below, however, from a Greenville Drive-Hickory Crawdads game April 13, almost no stirrups are visible.
I wish the WSJ had asked me for a photo to illustrate the article . . .

This is one of the things I love about the minors

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This is one of those many things I love about Minor League baseball. The Florida Marlins have assembled an amazing staff of young, talented pitchers this year — and I love seeing guys I’ve photographed years ago get their shot in the big leagues.
A couple of the guys I photographed in 2005-2006 blew away the Braves this week. Anibal Sanchez got the win yesterday and Chris Volstad got it on Tuesday.
Top: 27 April 2005: Anibal Sanchez of the Wilmington Blue Rocks in a game against the Potomac Nationals at Pfitzner Stadium, Woodbridge, Va. 
Bottom: 23 May 2006: Chris Volstad of the Greensboro Grasshoppers, a Florida Marlins affiliate, in a game against the Greenville Drive at West End Field in Greenville, S.C.
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Royals’ top prospect Moustakas starts in High A

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April 9, 2009: Third baseman and top Royals prospect Mike Moustakas of the Wilmington Blue Rocks, hits in his first at-bat against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on 2009 opening night at BB&T Coastal Field in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Photo by:  Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images