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Dec

Here are some of my favorites from the 2008 baseball season. Unlike last year where I started in Spring Training and finished in the World Series, this year would be a much shorter season as my season ended when the Diamondbacks season finished….in September.

Here are some of my favorites from spring training.

Kansas City Royals baserunner Mike Stodolka slides safely into home ahead of the tag by Texas Rangers catcher Gerald Laird.

Nikon D3, 400mm with 1.4 convertor (550mm), 320iso, f5.6, 1/1000th

Oakland Athletics center fielder (19) Chris Denorfia dives into third base against the Los Angeles Angels.

Nikon D3, 80-200mm, 400iso, f4, 1/1250th

Los Angeles Angels players watch from the dugout against the Kansas City Royals at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Nikon D3, 80-200mm with 1.4 convertor, 400iso, f4, 1/1000th

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson pitches against the Los Angeles Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium. 

Nikon D3, 600mm, 100iso, f22, 1/25th

Colorado Rockies batter Marcus Giles reacts after getting hit by a pitch against the Chicago Cubs at HoHoKam Park.

Nikon D3, 600mm, 400iso, f4, 1/1250th

Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella reacts during a game against the San Diego Padres at the Peoria Sports Complex. 

Nikon D3, 600mm, 500iso, f5, 1/1000th

Regular Season.

Overview of Chase Field prior to the game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field. 

Nikon D3, 14-24mm, 800iso, f5, 1/1600th

Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew leaps in an attempt to catch a line drive in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field. 

Nikon D3, 400mm, 2000iso, f2.8, 1/1000th

Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Rafael Furcal against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. 

Nikon D3, 400mm, 2000iso, f2.8, 1/640th

An assistant dog sits in the basket of a fan during the game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field. 

Nikon D3, 14-24mm, 2000iso, f2.8, 1/1000th

Arizona Diamondbacks batter Conor Jackson is hit by a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field. 

Nikon D3, 400mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/3200th

Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman (33) Blake Dewitt dives for a ball against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. 

Nikon D3, 400mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/4000th

Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman James Loney is congratulated by manager Joe Torre (right) after hitting a home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. 

Nikon D3, 14-24mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/2500th

Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Orlando Hudson throws to first to complete the double play after forcing out Los Angeles Dodgers base runner James Loney in the eighth inning at Chase Field. 

Nikon D3, 400mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/1600th

Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Conor Jackson gets a single off San Diego Padres pitcher Chris Young at Chase Field. 

Nikon D3, 14-24mm, 1600iso, f2.8, 1/1000th

Philadelphia Phillies infielder Chase Utley leaps to catch the throw from the catcher over a sliding Arizona Diamondbacks base runner Mark Reynolds as he successfully steals second base at Chase Field. 

Nikon D3, 80-200mm with 1.4 convertor, f4, 1/800th

Colorado Rockies shortstop (12) Clint Barmes watches from the dugout against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. 

Nikon D3, 24-70mm, 2000iso, f2.8, 1/400th

The next few images are from a shoot I did for ESPN Magazine of Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon Webb. Nothing beats all access!

Nikon D3, 80-200mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/800th

Nikon D3, 80-200mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1000th

Nikon D3, 600mm, 100iso, f4, 1/40th

Nikon D3, 24-70mm, 4000iso, f2.8, 1/250th

Nikon D3, 24-70mm, 2000iso, f2.8, 1/500th

Back to regular season baseball.

San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum pitches in the second inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. 

Nikon D3, 600mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/800th

Texas Rangers base runner (5) Ian Kinsler is forced out at second base by the Atlanta Braves shortstop Yunel Escobar but breaks up the double play in the fifth inning at the Rangers Ballpark. 

Nikon D3, 80-200mm with 1.4 convertor, 1250iso, f4, 1/1000th

Texas Rangers pitcher Eric Hurley pitches against the Atlanta Braves at the Rangers Ballpark. 

Nikon D3, 600mm, 400iso, f4, 1/4000th

Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves at the Rangers Ballpark.

Nikon D3, 14-24mm, 1600iso, f2.8, 1/800th 

Fans cheer as Texas Rangers designated hitter Brandon Boggs heads towards third base as he rounds the bases following his three run home run in the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at the Rangers Ballpark. 

Nikon D3, 24-70mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/2000th

Arizona Diamondbacks base runner Augie Ojeda collides with Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jason Kendall as he scores in the fifth inning at Chase Field. 

Nikon D3, 80-200mm with 1.4 convertor, 4000iso, f4, 1/1000th

The sun shines through glass windows at Chase Field during the game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

Nikon D3, 14-24mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/2000th

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson pitches in the sixth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Chase Field. 

Nikon D300, 400mm, 100iso, f5.6, 1/20th

As you can see it wasn’t too great of a year for me with baseball but I am confident I will do better next season.

Next Best of the Year blog will be Best Drag Racing Shots.




 
Posted in Baseball, Pocket Wizard, Remote Camera, Sports   | 6 Comments

6 responses to “Best of 2008-Best Baseball Photos”

  1. Dean McCasker says:

    Hello Mark,

    I allways enjoy looking at and reading your blog and your photographs are inspirational…….I also look forward to seeing your “best of year blog” on drag racing.

    Have a safe and happy festive season.

    Dean.

  2. Shane Bates says:

    Hello,

    I just found your blog and WOW! So many great pics.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Shane

  3. I love the Jackson single at Chase Field. The portrait-like of Josh Hamilton, great comeback story of the past year.

  4. Julie says:

    Your photos make me love baseball all the more! You capture the whole essence of the game!
    That is why baseball is the sport I Love!

  5. Bob says:

    These suck!!!

  6. Matt B. says:

    hey, I just happend to run into this. There awsome, well done man

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