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The boys of spring arrive in camp

Top prospects and other big-league hopefuls began workouts with the New York Mets in Port St. Lucie, Fla., this month.
Yahoo News photographer Gordon Donovan visited the camp and caught the young men getting into the swing of things as they vied for a chance to move up through the ranks.

Hope springs eternal at MLB’s ‘grapefruit league’

“Hope springs eternal” for the major-league teams and their fans who flew south to Florida’s Grapefruit League to catch a glimpse of their favorite team and players. Fans watched players stretch, participated in workouts, sought autographs, selfies and enjoyed the national pastime in the Florida sunshine.

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A reflection of the ballpark and sky appears on sunglasses on the dugout steps during a spring training baseball game between the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fl., Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports) The back fields before morning workouts at the New York Mets spring training facility in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports) A young fan stands behind a fence looking for an autograph from a player during morning workouts at the New York Mets spring training facility in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports)
New York Mets picther Noah Syndergaard jogs past fans holding baseballs after a live bullpen at the New York Mets spring training facility in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Saturday, Feb 25, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports) New York Mets players run off the practice field for more drills at New York Mets spring training facility in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Thursday, March 2, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports) New York Mets fans line the fences to watch players loosen up before morning workouts at the New York Mets spring training facility at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Thursday, March 2, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports)
New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo chats and signs for fans after morning workouts at the New York Mets spring training facility in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports) A fans holds a ball signed by a player before the baseball game between the Washington Nationals and New York Mets at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Saturday, Feb 25, 2017. (Gordon Donovan) New York Mets infielder Matt Reynolds takes aim with Mets team photographer Marc Levine camera that was left in the dugout before the baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports)
A member of the grounds crew prepares the field before the baseball game between the Washington Nationals and New York Mets at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports) A grounds crew member prepares the field before the spring training baseball game against the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fl., Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports) Fans gather outside waiting for the gates to open on the first Spring Training game between the Washington Nationals and New York Mets at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Saturday, Feb 25, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports)
Fans wearing jerseys with late Hall of Famer Stan Musial and current Cardinal Yadier Molina sit in seats before a spring training baseball game between the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fl., Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports) New York Mets prospect Tim Tebow signs for fans at the New York Mets spring training facility in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports) Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker exchanges lineup cards with New York Mets manager Terry Collins at home plate before the Spring Training baseball game at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Saturday, Feb 25, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports)
New York Mets David Wright (5) signs for fans before the baseball game against the Washington Nationals at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports) A grounds crew member prepares the 3rd base line before the spring training baseball game against the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fl., Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports) New York Mets pitcher Kevin McGowan signs for fans before the baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports)
New York Mets pitcher Josh Smoker hands a ball and chats with a young fan wearing catcher’s equipment in the seats before the baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports) Fans watch the baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and New York Mets from the berm at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports) Great seats near the bullpen on a perfect day for a spring training baseball game between the New York Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fl., Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports)
A group of young St. Louis Cardinals fans hold up autographs while standing outside the players gate after the spring training baseball game against the New York Mets at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fl., Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports) Young fans stand near the dugout fencing hoping for an autograph after the baseball game between the Houston Astros and New York Mets at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports) Fans watch the baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and New York Mets from the berm at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, Fl., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo Sports)

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Photos taken Feb. 24 to March 2, 2017 using a Canon EOS-1D X DSLR with a EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens.

Asses in the way

When photographing an event, you wait for that one great moment to capture on the camera. Whether it be a second baseman going airborne in an amazing double play or a player hitting a game winning home run and being mobbed at home plate at teammates. Then it happens and you get a clear shot, suddenly somebody on the field walks right in front of your line of sight destroying that moment.

He missed the tag – or did he?

Adeiny Hechavarria

Miami Marlins Adeiny Hechavarria (3) scores ahead of New York Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud (15) tag in the seventh inning of a baseball game at Citi Field in New York, Monday, September 15, 2014. (Gordon Donovan)


Now pitching

Rafael Montero

Las Vegas 51s starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50) throws in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Fresno Grizzlies at Chukchansi Park, Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Fresno. (Gordon Donovan)


Top Prospects of New York Mets in 2014

Coming to a major league ball park near you very soon. The top prospects of the New York Mets for 2014 according MLB and photographed by Gordon Donovan. I visited the Las Vegas 51’s for four games and then Savannah for a few games in cold and wet Lakewood. Binghamton is a frequent destination as well as Brooklyn.

To be eligible for a list, a player must have rookie eligibility. To qualify for rookie status, a player must not have exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues, or accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster of a Major League club or clubs during the 25-player limit period, excluding time on the disabled list or in military service.

Noah Syndergaard

Las Vegas 51s starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (50) throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Fresno Grizzlies at Chukchansi Park, Monday, April 14, 2014, in Fresno. (Gordon Donovan)


All-Star Game Apples on Parade

A hunt for the MLB 2013 All-Star Game Apple statues around New York City. See how I have fared so far on the hottest week of the year so far.

Apple #1 is the Arizona Diamondbacks. Located in Modell's: 1293 Broadway @ 34th Street. Say hello to security guard from Ghana. (Gordon Donovan) Apple #2. Atlanta Braves, TBS: Time Warner Center - Columbus Circle. This was one of the most congested areas to shoot with apple behind taped area. (Gordon Donovan) Apple #3 is the Baltimore Orioles. Located in Chelsea Market: 75 9th Avenue btwn 15th and 16th Street. MLB has offices at this location. Orioles apple was outside a liquor store. (Gordon Donovan)
Apple #4 belongs to the Boston Red Sox. The apple is located in Party City: 223 West 34th Street btwn 7th and 8th Avenues. More fitting two seasons ago when team members drank beer and played video games in clubhouse. (Gordon Donovan) Apple #5 is the Chicago Cubs. Staybridge Suites: 340 West 40th Street btwn 8th and 9th Avenues. Why there? Don't know. Maybe 1908 Broadway would of been better. (Gordon Donovan) Apple #6. Chicago White Sox, Toys
Apple #7 is the Cincinnati Reds. Located on the street level of Modell's: 607 Sixth Avenue @ 18th Street. The Big Red Machine is next to escalators in Models. (Gordon Donovan) Apple #8. Cleveland Indians, Topps: 1 Whitehall Street @ Bridge Street. If you go to shoot this apple, weekends in early morning. Lighting was bad in midday. (Gordon Donovan) Apple #9. Colorado Rockies, World Financial Center: 200 Liberty Street @ West Street. Strange place for this apple. Why not a Timberland Store or Coors Beer outlet? (Gordon Donovan)
Apple #10 is the Detroit Tigers, located inside the Duane Reade: 1657 Broadway btwn 51st and 52nd Streets. Party City next to the candy would of been a better choice to honor stars Miguel Cabrerra and Prince Fielder. (Gordon Donovan)
Apple #11. Houston Astros, Westin: 212 East 42nd Street btwn 2nd and 3rd Avenues. No room to shoot and too many lights. Bring a towel to cover floor lamps. (Gordon Donovan) Apple #12 is for the Kansas City Royals. Located outside FOX News Network on Avenue of Americas. I  was told I cannot take photos on property or George Brett would come running out screaming. (Gordon Donovan)
Apple #13 is for the Los Angeles Angels. Located in Bed Bath and Beyond: 410 East 61st Street @ 1st Avenue. Will Farrell was on his way to Home Dept after picking up something here. (Gordon Donovan) Apple #14. Los Angeles Dodgers, T-Mobile: 322 West 125th Street @ 8th Avenue. Dodgers in Harlem? Not sure about this one. People were nice in store. (Gordon Donovan) Apple #15. Miami Marlins, Grace Building: West 43rd Street @ 6th Avenue. Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is planning to buy and sell off pieces of Marlins apple. (Gordon Donovan)
Apple #16 is the Milwaukee Brewers. Outside the Office of the Commissioner: 245 Park Avenue @ 46th Street. Great looking apple made me hungry for polish food. Commish is former owner of Brew Crew. (Gordon Donovan) Apple #17 is the Minnesota Twins located in Best Buy: 1 Union Square South @ 14th Street. Maybe the bar called Twins across from B&H on 9th Avenue would of been a better location if they were a sponsor of MLB. (Gordon Donovan) Apple #18. The New York Mets, outside the SNY Studios in Rockefeller Center across from Radio City Music Hall. Lets Go Mets! (Gordon Donovan)
Apple #19. New York Yankees, Modell's: 234 West 42nd Street btwn 7th and 8th Avenues. As you walked in a store employee was giving out ASG ballots and showing people how to vote for David Wright. (Gordon Donovan) Apple #20. Oakland Athletics, Modell's: 795 Columbus Ave. @ 98th Street. The map was wrong on MLB site, you could get killed on 100th Street showing off a nice camera. (Gordon Donovan) Apple #21 is the Philadelphia Phillies located in Party City: 38 West 14th Street btwn 5th and 6th Avenues. The apple is surrounded by a column and boxes of candy. Could not get a good shot of the Phillie Phantic. (Gordon Donovan)
Apple #22 is the Pittsburgh Pirates. Located outside Niketown: 6 East 57th St btwn Madison and 5th Avenues. Wasn't hard this day to get a few shots off midday in midtown. (Gordon Donovan) Apple #23 is the San Diego Padres. Located downstairs in Sony: 550 Madison Ave btwn 55th and 56th Streets. Right where all the playstation games are being played. I did not play or look at one. Seven years without a video game.  (Gordon Donovan) Apple 24. San Francisco Giants located in the Tommy Bahama: 551 5th Ave @ 45th Street.  I don't think anyone in San Francisco owns a Tommy Bahama shirt. (Gordon Donovan)
Apple #25. Seattle Mariners, Nintendo: 10 Rockefeller Plaza @ 48th Street. Easy to get shot despite all the tourists, early morning after Today is over. (Gordon Donovan) Apple #26. St. Louis Cardinals, inside Buy Buy Baby: 270 7th Ave btwn 26th and 25th Streets. The Cardinals hit a lot of homers and their broadcasters scream, Apple #27. Tampa Rays at Madison Avenue and 26th Street. This apple was suppose to be on 42nd and Park Avenue inside Modells. Instead it was moved to Madison Square Park. (Gordon Donovan)
Apple #28. Texas Rangers, Zuccotti Park: 1 Liberty Plaza btwn Broadway & Church Street. George W. Bush was once owner of the Rangers and here is where the Wall Street protests took place. Hmmm, thanks for that David. (Gordon Donovan) Apple #29 is the Toronto Blue Jays. Located outside the Intercontinental: 111 East 48th Street @ Lexington Avenue. There's an A-Rod joke here if it was the Yankees. (Gordon Donovan) Apple #30. Washington Nationals, Intrepid Museum: 1 Intrepid Square @ West 46th Street. Pain to get to for me. Harvey's Better! (Gordon Donovan)
Apple #31.  MLB All-Star Game at Citi Field: 123-01 Roosevelt Ave @ 126th Street. Home of the New York Metropolitans and this years All-Star Game. (Gordon Donovan) Apple #32. American League Apple - located at the NY Public Library - 5th Avenue @ 41st Street. That's Patience in the background. Apple #33. National League Apple - located at the NY Public Library - 5th Avenue @ 41st Street. That's Fortitude in the background. (Gordon Donovan)
Apple #34 is for the Brooklyn Dodgers inside Grand Central Terminal @ 42nd Street, on the west side of the concourse. They should have found a place for this somewhere in Brooklyn. Perhaps Pacific Street hub or at MCU Park. (Gordon Donovan) Apple #35 is for the old New York Giants inside Grand Central Terminal @ 42nd Street, on the east side of the concourse. Why on the east side? Since they went west after the 1957 season. Should of been on 125th Street. Giants played 30 blocks away 56 years ago. (Gordon Donovan) The Home Run Apple outside of Citi Field, home of the 2013 All-Star Game. (Gordon Donovan)

Photos taken June 21-26, 2013 using a Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR with a EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Standard Zoom Lens and iPhone for twitting.

Ballpark Roadtrip: Petco Park

Petco Park is an open-air ballpark in downtown San Diego, California. It opened in 2004, replacing Qualcomm Stadium as the home park of Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres. Petco Park is named after the pet supplies retailer Petco, which is based in San Diego and paid for the naming rights.

Ballpark Roadtrip: Comerica Park

Comerica Park primarily serves as the home for the Detroit Tigers, who moved to the new venue in 2000. Comerica is the third home for the Tigers since becoming a charter member of the American League in 1901. The team previously played in Tiger Stadium (1912-1999) and Bennett Park (1901-1911). The club was founded in 1894 as part of the Western League.