Diaz & Liddi

Diaz & Liddi

On This Date: Photo taken 5/1/2008

Midwest League action: SS Juan Diaz and 3B Alex Liddi of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers beginning to move as some Lansing Lugnut batter puts the ball in play at Lansing’s Oldsmobile Park.


My May Day pix mostly were taken at two baseball games, plus some photos I took at an award ceremony for work. You really don’t want to see the award ceremony. Trust me.

Number of pix taken on various May 1sts: 1405
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 11
  • 2 Stars: 91
  • 3 Stars: 1216
  • 4 Stars: 81
  • 5 Stars: 6

Besides my May 1 pix, I’ve 100 photographs taken by my brother, Richard, on 5/1/2011. Dick was active in Kalamazoo’s CROP Walk for many years; sometimes he photographed the event.

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The Sky Over Olds Park

The Sky Over Olds Park

On This Date: Photo taken 4/26/2011

Well, actually over Lansing’s Cooley Law School Stadium, but I sometimes stubbornly call the place by its original name. Or a version of that name, I suppose.

The ballplayer’s Oliver Dominguez, warming up in the outfield before the ballgame started. He was Lansing’s shortstop that summer.


That view’s very different nowadays, as they built apartments above/beyond the outfield wall a year or two ago. The new arrangement’s quite striking.

Number of pix taken on various April 26ths: 1230
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 9
  • 2 Stars: 48
  • 3 Stars: 1059
  • 4 Stars: 102
  • 5 Stars: 12

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Pepsi!

Pepsi!

On This Date: Photo taken 4/23/2008

Lansing Lugnuts players warming up in the outfield at Oldsmobile Park, nine years ago today. #37 is pitcher Brad Mills, who’d start the game. The other player’s probably Brian Letko, another southpaw pitcher, who I don’t think I saw play for the Luggies.

And that sign on the outfield wall….


On April 23 I tend to be a black & white photographer. I have no explanation for this; it’s just an observation.

Number of pix taken on various April 23rds: 1018
Year of oldest photo: 1992

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 2
  • 2 Stars: 24
  • 3 Stars: 888
  • 4 Stars: 85
  • 5 Stars: 19

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OK. Let’s Point.

OK. Let's Point.

On This Date: Photo taken 4/15/2011.

Pregame conference & lineup exchange at Lansing’s Cooley Law School Stadium. The managers are Lansing’s Mike Redmond (pointing) and Dayton’s Delino DeShields; the umps are Gavin Hanson (home plate; also pointing) and Pat Hoberg. Mike was explaining something about the ballpark and the ground rules.


Most days the lineup exchange is pretty boring. They shake hands all around, trade slips of paper, and chat for a minute or two.

Sometimes, though….

Number of pix taken on various April 15ths: 201
Year of oldest photo: 1992

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 1
  • 2 Stars: 25
  • 3 Stars: 109
  • 4 Stars: 55
  • 5 Stars: 11

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Stocking Cap

Stocking Cap

On This Date: Photo taken 4/11/2016.

An unidentified Dayton Dragons ballplayer, bundled up against the cold during pregame warmups, one year ago today.

I may have known who the player was when I took the photo, but if so I’d forgotten by the time I labelled the images after the game. A glance through the day’s photographs shows that several Dragons were wearing these caps before the game started.


It often snows in early April. And the Midwest League (MWL) baseball season begins in early April. I’ve been snowed on at ballgames perhaps a dozen times, and very cold at least twice that often.

Many professional ballplayers grew up in the South, in California, or in Latin America, and for some their MWL season’s their first contact with winter weather. Watching that encounter can be interesting. Minor league baseball has its charms.

Number of pix taken on various April 11ths: 563
Year of oldest photo: 1998 [another MWL game]

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 0
  • 2 Stars: 56
  • 3 Stars: 451
  • 4 Stars: 50
  • 5 Stars: 6

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R.C.

R.C.

On This Date: Photo taken 4/6/2006.

Battle Creek’s team–the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays–began their final season with a series in Lansing. Here’s pitching coach R.C. Lichtenstein before the opening day game, with Ray’s starter Mike Wlodarczyk warming behind him in the bullpen.


Number of pix taken on various April 6ths: 899
Year of oldest photo: 2006

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 4
  • 2 Stars: 98
  • 3 Stars: 753
  • 4 Stars: 39
  • 5 Stars: 5

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The View from Center Field

The View from Center Field

On This Date: Photo taken 4/5/2006.

Skipped out of work on a gorgeous afternoon to pick up my season ticket at Battle Creek’s ballpark. While I was there I walked around the ballyard’s perimeter. Partly I was taking photographs, but mostly I was soaking in the atmosphere.

The door in the center field wall was open.


The team had been sold, and the franchise would move to Midland the next summer. But for one last season they’d be my team. I was ready for baseball.

Number of pix taken on various April 5ths: 855
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 8
  • 2 Stars: 49
  • 3 Stars: 737
  • 4 Stars: 59
  • 5 Stars: 2

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Coach Allen Likes to Signal

Coach Allen Likes to Signal

On This Date: Photo taken 3/30/2015.

Spencer Allen was assistant coach at Illinois when I took this photo. These days he’s head coach at Northwestern.


All third base coaches signal. They use combinations of gestures and key words to pass instructions to the batter and to baserunners.

Most coaches pass fairly subtle signals. If you pay attention, you can see (or hear) that they’re signaling, but most are just doing a necessary task even as they tug their hats, scratch their chins, pat their chests, and holler. Occasionally, though, you find someone who turns this chore into art. Coach Allen’s one of those.

Number of pix taken on various March 30ths: 322
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 7
  • 2 Stars: 54
  • 3 Stars: 231
  • 4 Stars: 29
  • 5 Stars: 1

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Contact!

Contact!

On This Date: Photo taken 3/23/2016.

Zach McKinstry of the Central Michigan University Chippewas puts the ball in play at Michigan State’s McLane Baseball Stadium.


The Spartans start their baseball season with a southern trip, returning to East Lansing about now every spring. State plays Big 10 teams on the weekends and mostly Mid-America Conference squads in mid-week. Lately they’ve been opening their home season against the Chips.

MSU baseball’s become one of my post-retirement pleasures. I watch ’em in East Lansing, and I’ve followed the team to Kalamazoo and Mount Pleasant most recent years. Maybe this year I’ll add Ann Arbor, or Ypsi. We’ll see.

Number of pix taken on various March 23rds: 123
Year of oldest photo: 2012

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 10
  • 2 Stars: 12
  • 3 Stars: 84
  • 4 Stars: 17
  • 5 Stars: 0

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Hometown Hero

Hometown Hero

On This Date: Photo taken 2/14/2012.

The Midwest League Traveler (Craig Wieczorkiewicz) often posts photographs of snow-covered MWL stadiums about this time of year. While these generally come from folks associated with the team, his call for photos in 2012 prompted me to wander into Lansing.

Here’s Craig’s blog post entry featuring my pix.

And a bit about the sculpture.

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Evidently I’ve never photographed Joan on St. Valentine’s Day. We’ll have to do something about that.

Number of pix taken on various February 14ths: 79
Year of oldest photo: 2010

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 0
  • 2 Stars: 2
  • 3 Stars: 49
  • 4 Stars: 26
  • 5 Stars: 2

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