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Same place, different team uniforms: Bat boy dons opposing team jerseys in 2018

Arismendy Nunez grew up in the Dominican Republic but now lives on Long Island in New York. He has worked for the New York Mets as the the visiting clubhouse’s attendant and bat boy for three seasons.

You can see him at every Mets home game retrieving bats at the plate and being hounded by obnoxious fans demanding a baseball. Nunez always tries to accommodate fans despite age and behavior.

His day starts hours before the game preparing the visitor’s clubhouse and dugout with equipment, uniforms, and refreshments.

He then helps out with batting practice for the visiting Major Leagues teams at Citi Field in Queens, N.Y. — collecting baseballs and supplying snacks.

He’s met many of the biggest names in the game and always helps with their requests and demands.

Arismendy has the unique privilege to be the only regular season Met employee who works on the field to wear the uniform of nearly every team (except the Mets) in the big leagues in 2018.

Same place, different team uniforms: Bat boy dons opposing team jerseys in 2018

The Arizona Diamondbacks bat boy enjoys some bubble gum in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets at Citi Field in New York, May 19, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/NYMP)

Same place, different team uniforms: Bat boy dons opposing team jerseys in 2018

The Miami Marlins bat boy watches action in the sixth inning during a baseball game against the New York Mets at Citi Field in New York, May 21, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/NYMP)

Same place, different team uniforms: Bat boy dons opposing team jerseys in 2018

The Chicago Cubs bat boy enjoys some bubble gum in the second inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets at Citi Field in New York, June 2, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/NYMP)

Same place, different team uniforms: Bat boy dons opposing team jerseys in 2018

The Los Angeles Dodgers bat boy gives the camera a dirty look in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets at Citi Field in New York, June 23, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/NYMP)

Same place, different team uniforms: Bat boy dons opposing team jerseys in 2018

The Pittsburgh Pirates bat boy turns towards the camera with a look in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets at Citi Field in New York, June 26, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/NYMP)

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The Tampa Bay Rays bat boy (say that three times fast) gives the cold shoulder to the photographer during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets at Citi Field in New York, July 6, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/NYMP)

Same place, different team uniforms: Bat boy dons opposing team jerseys in 2018

The Philadelphia Phillies bat boy looks exhausted in the fourth inning during the second game of a doubleheader against the New York Mets at Citi Field in New York, July 9, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/NYMP)

Same place, different team uniforms: Bat boy dons opposing team jerseys in 2018

The Washington Nationals bat boy looks more interested at looking at Bryce Harper than the camera in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets at Citi Field in New York, July 13, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/NYMP)

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The San Diego Padres bat boy has his hands full in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets at Citi Field in New York, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/NYMP)

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The Atlanta Braves bat boy just sits near the the on-deck circle blowing bubbles in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets at Citi Field in New York, Aug. 2, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/NYMP)

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The Cincinnati Reds bat boy flashes some peace in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets at Citi Field in New York, Aug. 8, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/NYMP)

Same place, different team uniforms: Bat boy dons opposing team jerseys in 2018

The San Francisco Giants bat boy enjoys a quiet moment eating sunflower seeds in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets at Citi Field in New York, Aug. 20, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/NYMP)

Same place, different team uniforms: Bat boy dons opposing team jerseys in 2018

The Washington Nationals bat boy holds a bat thinking about taking Bryce Harper’s bat or hitting the photographer in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets at Citi Field in New York, Aug. 25, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/NYMP)

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The Philadelphia Phillies bat boy flashes some peace in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets at Citi Field in New York, Sept. 8, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/NYMP)

Same place, different team uniforms: Bat boy dons opposing team jerseys in 2018

The Atlanta Braves bat boy holds up a bag of seeds in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets at Citi Field in New York, Sept. 27, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/NYMP)

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The Miami Marlins bat boy looks happy it’s the final game of the season in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets at Citi Field in New York, Sept. 30, 2018. No one will be sticking a camera in his face during a game after today. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/NYMP)

Spring training baseball is for the fans

The poet Alexander Pope once wrote, “Hope springs eternal.” For Major League Baseball fans, that hope begins during spring training.

Spring training gives baseball fans the opportunity to see and meet their favorite major league players for autographs and selfies. During the regular season, many fans are disappointed when they are unable to get autographs or a photo taken with their favorite players, who are on a tight schedule in ballparks. (Players still find the time to sign a great deal of memorabilia.)

The Boys of Spring get ready for regular season

Top prospects and other big league hopefuls began workouts with their prospective teams on the east coast of Florida earlier this month. Yahoo News photographer Gordon Donovan visited several major league camps and caught the first few weeks of action as players got into the swing of things while preparing for the long baseball season.

The 2017 New York Mets: Nagging injuries wear down the town they thought they could steal

The 2017 New York Mets started filled with high expectations. After reaching the postseason for two consecutive seasons, the team expected to continue the trend with the healthy young arms from the starting rotation that the general manager boasted about for years. With the exception of Jacob deGrom, each of the young Mets starters missed multiple starts, misdiagnosed injuries and later found themselves on the disabled list.

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.