Posts Tagged: MLB

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.

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.

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: Forbes Field

Forbes Field was a baseball park in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from 1909 to June 28, 1970. It was the third home of the Pittsburgh Pirates and the first home of the Pittsburgh Steelers.The stadium was named after British general John Forbes, who fought in the French and Indian War, and named the city in 1758.

The US $1 million ($26.3 million today) project was initiated by Pittsburgh Pirates’ owner Barney Dreyfuss, with the goal of replacing his franchise’s then-current home, Exposition Park. The stadium was made of concrete and steel (one of the first of its kind) in order to increase its lifespan. The Pirates opened Forbes Field on June 30, 1909 against the Chicago Cubs, and would play the final game that was also against the Cubs on June 28, 1970.

Ballpark Roadtrip: Braves Field

Braves Field was a baseball park in the Northeastern United States, located in Boston, Massachusetts. Today the site is home to Nickerson Field on the campus of Boston University. The stadium was home of the Boston Braves of the National League from 1915–1952, prior to the Braves’ move to Milwaukee in 1953.

Ballpark Roadtrip: PNC Park

PNC Park, which opened in spring 2001, is a classic-style ballpark, an intimate facility that embraces the progressiveness of Pittsburgh while saluting the spirit of early ballpark originals such as Forbes Field, Wrigley Field and Fenway Park. It is the fifth home of the Pittsburgh Pirates since their inception in 1887.

This riverfront facility combines the best features of yesterday’s ballparks – rhythmic archways, steel trusswork and a natural grass playing field – with the latest in fan and player amenities and comfort.

PNC Park is the first ballpark with a two-deck design to be built in the United States since Milwaukee’s County Stadium was completed in 1953. Because of its intimate design, the highest seat is just 88 feet from the field, giving every fan in the park an ideal sight line.

Ballpark Roadtrips: RFK Stadium

The stadium was opened in October 1961 as the District of Columbia Stadium (D.C. Stadium for short). The stadium was renamed in January 1969, for U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, who had been assassinated in Los Angeles the previous June. The announcement was made by Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall on January 18, in the last days of the Johnson Administration.

As attorney general in the early 1960s, Kennedy’s Justice Department played a role in the racial integration of the Redskins. Along with Udall, Kennedy threatened to revoke the team’s lease at the federally-owned stadium until it promised to sign African American players.