Yesterday was Photo Day at Maryvale Baseball Park, as the players and coaches of the Brewers came together to get their pictures taken for the upcoming season. While many of the photos are plain ones that get used in media guides, on websites, and everywhere else that needs player photos, there’s always plenty of light-hearted ones as well.
This year, the bat was a popular prop for the players as they posed in their pictures. Infielder Scooter Gennett made the most of his prop, using it to show off his better side.
Shortstop Orlando Arcia also used his bat to help with his pose for his photo.
Infielder Hernan Perez wanted to get some work on his bat grip done during the photo time, and the camera caught a little of it.
Meanwhile, catcher Manny Pina is very protective of his bat, and made sure to bring it with him to the photo shoot so no one would mess with it.
Infielder Eric Sogard also got in the action with the bat pose, and also used the opportunity to show off his stylish specs.
Outfielder Keon Broxton has a different approach to his bat pose: Looking tough enough so no one messes with you.
Of course, sometimes the classics are best, and outfielder Lewis Brinson shows off one of those classic bat poses.
Catcher Andrew Susac also joined in with the classic pose.
With the youth on the Brewers roster, it’s no surprise that many players have been compared to kids with their appearances. Starting pitcher Zach Davies is one of those players, and he looks like a kid who’s excited for the school photo day in his picture.
Going up in age a little bit, there’s starting pitcher Josh Hader, who’s mastered the art of the awkward teen smile.
Of course, not everyone was excited for photo day as a kid. It looks like the camera is scaring manager Craig Counsell a little bit.
After looking through his stuff for a minute, the photographer managed to find a small toy somewhere in his gear, and that helped Craig Counsell feel much more comfortable in his picture.
Sometimes, it doesn’t take a fancy pose to get the perfect photo. All it can take is that perfect smile to make a perfect picture. Ivan De Jesus knows this and it shows.
Some players, such as starting pitcher Matt Garza, like to show off their teeth in their smiles.
It doesn’t hurt to flirt with the camera a little as well, and relief pitcher Neftali Feliz works a little of his charm in his photo.
Outfielder Corey Ray worked his bat into the mix, relaxing a bit on the bat as he showed off his smile.
Starting pitcher Tommy Milone kept it simple, letting his smile do all of the work.
Finally, there’s left fielder Ryan Braun, who’s smiling as well...though we’re not sure exactly what he’s smiling at.
Of course, not everyone is happy about photo day. Some players just want to get it done and get back to work. Second baseman Jonathan Villar can’t even be bothered to look at the camera as he adjusts his gloves during his picture time.
Outfielder Michael Reed doesn’t look too happy to be here as well, giving the camera a stare as he poses for his picture.
Catcher Jett Bandy doesn’t look happy to be here at all for his picture, keeping a tight hand on the bat as he gets through it.
Starting pitcher Chase Anderson was in a hurry, making it to his photo time, but forgot to put his hat on all the way for his picture.
Then, there’s outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who was in such a rush to get through his photo time that he wouldn’t even put down his donut and coffee. (To be fair, I’ve heard the Brewers camp has some excellent donuts and coffee.)
Sometimes these pictures can provide insight into the minds of different players. Craig Counsell has gold on the mind as he poses for this picture. Maybe the gold of a championship trophy?
Whatever it is, infielder Yadiel Rivera also has it on his mind.
Some photographers prefer to be more artistic with their photos. In this one, you can barely see the face of first baseman Eric Thames as the photographers tries a different approach.
The natural poses are also nice at photo day. Pitcher Andrew Barbosa is one of those who does well with the natural look.
Of course, there’s always time for a little fun with these pictures. Scooter Gennett is already working on his bat drop for this season.
Finally, it’s not a photo day without at least one group photo. Taking the picture in a picture idea a little far, catcherJacob Nottingham, outfielder Michael Reed, relief pitcher Taylor Jungmann, starting pitcher Hiram Burgos, and relief pitcher Corey Knebel all get in on this one.
That’s it from this year’s photo day. Hopefully you learned something more about your Milwaukee Brewers players from this year’s set of pictures.