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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.

Why do you love baseball?

“Why do you love baseball?” Though it’s a simple question, not exactly a curveball, it generated wildly different answers — from blunt to poetic, off-handed to carefully considered.
Some baseball players and coaches immediately knocked it out of the park, while others took a moment to think over their answers. A love of the game may be natural and intensely felt, but it can be hard to capture accurately in words. They’ve dedicated their lives to America’s national pastime. Here’s why. 

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.

The 2016 MLB Season at Citi Field

The New York Mets opened the 2016 season as the defending National League champions at home with a 7-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. The season started slowly, but the Mets picked up momentum in late April and early May, going 17-6 in one stretch with the offense clicking on all cylinders. But injuries to key starting players David Wright and Lucas Duda caught up with the team in June, and the Mets found themselves hovering six games above .500 at the All-Star break as the offense struggled.
Matt Harvey’s inconsistencies were a big question from the beginning of season. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder pain on July 4 and later opted to have season-ending surgery to resolve a condition called thoracic outlet syndrome. He finished the year 4-10, with a 4.86 ERA.
The Mets acquired Reds slugger Jay Bruce at the trade deadline for top 2B prospect Dilson Herrera. But the Bruce pickup was not quite as impactful as the Yoenis Céspedes acquisition the year before: Bruce totaled just eight home runs and 19 RBI in 50 games as a Met. The Mets did get a spark out of former star José Reyes, who was brought in to fill the void at 3B and in the leadoff spot. But in late August, they fell two games under .500, third place in the division and 2 1/2 games out of the wildcard.
The Mets finished the last 40 games 27-13 despite losing 2B Neil Walker and starting pitchers Jacob DeGrom and Steven Matz to the injury bug. They clinched the first wildcard spot on the second-to-last game of the season only to lose the wildcard game at Citi Field to the Giants and Madison Bumgarner.

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)


The faces of the game

Derek Jeter

New York Yankees Derek Jeter (2) smiles watching batting practice before a baseball game against the New York Mets at Citi Field, Thursday, May 15, 2014, in New York. (Gordon Donovan)