The Indians were kind enough to take a break from training in the blistering Arizona sun to take some pictures yesterday. Granted, they have to do it and they do it every year, but for the sake of the post let’s pretend this a unique event worth giving out awards for. Some of them are good enough to warrant awards on their own, anyway.
Without further ado, your 2017 Photo Day Award winners.
Best smile: Corey Kluber
The wonder, the joy, the pure excitement for the game of baseball — this smiling photo from Corey Kluber has it all. And people call this man an emotionless robot. Pah-lease.
Most likely to be currently being chased by a shadow monster: Trevor Bauer
In multiple photos yesterday, Trevor Bauer proved he has what it takes to look like he was peaking over his shoulder at a lurking shadow monster. Whether the shadow monster was yelling something scary like “buzz buzz I’m a drone and I’mma get your pinky” or “global dimming is bullshit,” we will never know.
Either way, he had me convinced something scary was always around the corner.
Runner-up: Danny Salazar
Excellence in wizardry: Tie
Multiple photos yesterday proved that the Cleveland Indians are staffed by wizards. In each photo, you can clearly see there is no string holding the baseballs, yet there they are — floating in the air on their own. How did they get there? Is it some kind of coded message? Was it Trevor’s shadow demon? The answer is easy: Magic.
Best posture and also longest neck: Cody Anderson
Cody Anderson’s mom will be so proud when he brings home his photo packet in three weeks. And boy does he have a long neck.
Best attempt at a smile: Edwin Encarnacion
Edwin is so grounded when his mom sees this, let’s be honest. But at least he really, really tried to smile.
Most photoshoppable: Andrew Miller.
Best hair: Francisco Lindor
Frankie is picking up right where Jose Ramirez left off. And maybe even getting better.
Photo that I most wish was animated: Michael Brantley
I JUST WANT TO SEE HIM SWINGING FOR THE LOVE OF GOD.
Best picture of a glove: This glove
Getty got a fantastic picture of this Rawlings glove. Unfortunately, Danny Salazar popped up at the last second and ruined the focus a bit. Still an all-timer in the budding world of baseball glove photography, though.
Best neighbor material: Carlos Santana
Could you imagine walking to your car every morning with Carlos Santana leaning over your chest-high fence and reminding you that there is indeed peace in this turbulent world? We should all be so lucky. In the meantime, it’s not unreasonable to download this image, load it into a projector, and constantly have it shown on your neighbor’s garage to compensate.
Most disgusted by whatever you’re doing right now: Tie
Are you currently alt-tabbing between unsavory things on the internet? Danny Salazar, Jason Kipnis, Tyler Naquin, and Edwin Encarnacion caught you and it’s making them really uncomfortable. You’re gross.
Runner-up: Roberto Perez
‘Berto isn’t judging you, but wow. What’s currently in your other browser window really shook him to the core. Get your act together.
Best on-screen romance between man and bat: Erik Gonzalez
The love between a man and his baseball bat is rarely explored in the medium of professional photography, but Getty really captured this moment between tender lovers perfectly.
Best hat shape: Adam Moore
Most people go for the classic semicircle, but catcher Adam Moore went the extra mile with this contemporary half-hourglass look.