Category Archives: Baseball CrankSpace

I’m a baseball fan, and a baseball researcher. Both interests are represented here.

Gibby bunts

Gibby played baseball for Michigan State for three years, at Battle Creek for one summer, and for West Michigan (Grand Rapids) in 2016 and 2017. So I’ve seen him play quite a few games. He’s worth watching. But he’s not the instant star his father was; that’s really asking too much of any youngster.

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Brandon Mann

Midwest League action. Brandon’s pitching for the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays (a Rays affiliate, of course) against the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays) in Lansing’s Oldsmobile Park. That’s Chris Nowak, out of focus beyond Mann, covering first base.

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Ankiel in Orange

Do I need to explain Rick Ankiel’s career?

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Jeff Housman to Rudy Guillen

2003 was the first year I systematically photographed baseball. Most of the photographs were taken from my seat using my Olympus Camedia C-50; those usually looked pretty much like this. On days I brought the Nikon I tended to move around, and got more interesting photographs.

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Billy’s Pissed

I have no idea what the argument was about. Frankly I took the argument as part of the evening’s entertainment.

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John O’Donnell Stadium

While my sister was in seminary we regularly visited Iowa–to help her move, usually, but a couple times just to visit. In 2003 we followed the Mississippi down to Davenport and watched a ballgame.

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VariZoom

The center field camera and photographer at Parkview Field, home of the Fort Wayne Tincaps.

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Blondie

Somewhere along the line the Lugnuts began putting nicknames on the backs of the gameday folks. Most are descriptive….

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Goodnight to Pierre

While there’s an element of luck in all photography, it’s more prominent when you shoot sports. You can anticipate, you can plan, but you don’t know what you’ve got until you see the image. A microsecond later the ball’s gone elsewhere, the second baseman’s in a different place, the goalie’s lost the pose, the athlete’s expression’s changed.

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Diaz & Liddi

My May Day pix mostly consist of 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. Continue reading

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