Spring Training

Shooting Spring Training for MLB was just a unique experience. The stadiums were smaller and the fans were even closer to the action which provided a more family friendly environment. Photographing Spring Training also afforded me the opportunity to photograph teams and players that I wouldn’t normally get the chance to like photographing the Red-Sox or Toronto BlueJays. I probably would have had more opportunities, but the coronavirus changed everything.

My Spring Training assignment started when I was at the St.Louis Cardinals camp to photograph pitchers and catchers reporting. Nothing like players coming in from an off-season apart and catching up with their teammates inquiring about family and vacations. I was also introduced the the traveling size of the Korean press as they followed every movement of (pitcher name here ) as he starts his major league career.

For me, my favorite part of Spring Training was traveling through out Florida to the different parks on both the East and West coasts of Florida. One week I’m in Vero Beach at the Mets facility and the next I’m at JetBLue Park in Ft.Myers for the Red-Sox. Those early morning drives were enjoyable. No traffic, just me and Spotify to keep each other company. Ok, to keep me company, but either way I could just drive and vibe out to whatever song was playing. I actually made a MLB drive playlist if you wanted to hear how I got from stadium to stadium.

I had hoped to shoot many more games, but the Coronavirus not only shut down Spring Training, but everything else from sports to events and so forth. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this pandemic. I just hope it passes quickly so we all can get back to normal.

Until then, below are some of my favorite shots from the shortened 2020 MLB Spring Training.

NY Mets spring training
Mets bats | Washington Nationals vs. NY Mets at Clover Park | March 1, 2020
photographing the red-sox
Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts #2 | Minnesota Twins vs. Boston Red-Sox (Spring Training) | March 8, 2020
St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals Pitchers and Catchers Report | February 11, 2020
franklin batting gloves
Minnesota Twins right fielder Jake Cave #60 | Minnesota Twins vs. Boston Red-Sox | March 8, 2020
Toronto Bluejays
Toronto Bluejays vs. Minnesota Twins | February 23, 2020
jake odorizzi
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi #12 | Toronto Bluejays vs. Minnesota Twins | February 23, 2020
kolten wong
St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong #16 | St. Louis Cardinals Pitchers and Catchers Report | February 11, 2020
jeff mcneil
New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil #6 | Washington Nationals vs. NY Mets at Clover Park | March 1, 2020
Max Kepler
Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler #26 | Minnesota Twins vs. Boston Red-Sox | March 8, 2020
Reese McGuire
Toronto Blue Jays catcher Reese McGuire #10 | Toronto Bluejays vs. Minnesota Twins | February 23, 2020
robinson cano spring training
New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano #24 | Washington Nationals vs. NY Mets at Clover Park | March 1, 2020
jack flaherty
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty #22 | St. Louis Cardinals Pitchers and Catchers Report | February 11, 2020
Jake Cave
Minnesota Twins right fielder Jake Cave #60 | Minnesota Twins vs. Boston Red-Sox | March 8, 2020
St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals Pitchers and Catchers Report | February 11, 2020
Bluejays
Toronto Bluejays vs. Minnesota Twins | February 23, 2020
adrian sanchez
Washington Nationals shortstop Adrian Sanchez #5 | Washington Nationals vs. NY Mets at Clover Park | March 1, 2020
Toronto bluejays
Toronto Bluejays vs. Minnesota Twins (Spring Training) | February 23, 2020
Michael Conforto
New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto #30 | Washington Nationals vs. NY Mets at Clover Park | March 1, 2020
Edwin Diaz
New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz #39 | Washington Nationals vs. NY Mets at Clover Park | March 1, 2020
JD Martinez
Boston Red Sox left fielder J.D. Martinez #28 | Minnesota Twins vs. Boston Red-Sox (Spring Training) | March 8, 2020

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