15 Most Incredible Baseball Photos of 2011

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15 Most Incredible Baseball Photos of 2011
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Baseball had an amazing 2011.

From Justin Verlander's dominance on the mound to Matt Kemp's run at a triple crown; from three no-hitters to Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit; and from the St. Louis Cardinals' surprising World Series title to Ryan Braun's amazing season turned dark with reports of positive drug test, it's been a wild year for America's pastime.

But what about the lasting images of 2011?

Take a look below at the 15 most remarkable baseball photos of the year.

 

15. The Grandy-Man Can

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Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson makes a sick diving catch against the Tigers on Opening Day in the Bronx.

 

14. Play at the Plate

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Ryan Roberts of the Diamondbacks slides safely past Cubs catcher Geovany Soto.

 

13. Phillie Mob

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Phillies teammates wait at home plate as Raul Ibanez rounds the bases after smacking a walk-off home run to beat the Atlanta Braves on July 8.

 

12. Just Like Brian Wilson Did

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San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson arrives in style—er, a skintight, spandex tuxedo—at The 2011 ESPY Awards in L.A. on July 13.

 

11. Upset in the City

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Disgruntled Mets fans—upset with the impending loss of free agent-to-be Jose Reyes—express their anger while sitting alone in the upper deck at Citi Field on Sept. 28.

 

10. Diving Effort

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Astros center fielder Michael Bourn tries valiantly, but can't come up with the catch on a falling line drive off the bat of Pirates slugger Garrett Jones.

 

9. Losing His Grip

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The bat of Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton soars through the air with the greatest of ease—on its way to hitting a fan—after Hamilton lost his handle during Game 3 of the ALCS against the Tigers.

 

8. This Is My Fielding Face

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Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist bobbles a ground ball but ends up getting an out against the Red Sox on April 11 at Fenway Park.

 

7. Watchful Eyes

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Pirates prospect Andrew Lambo catches a fly ball against a threatening backdrop during an early March Grapefruit League Game in Bradenton, Fla.

 

6. Beastly Brewer

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Milwaukee's Nyjer Morgan—aka, "T Plush"—sends a shout-out to his teammates after doubling against the Cardinals in Game 4 of the NLCS.

 

5. Night Skies

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Maicer Izturis of the Angels warms up in the on-deck circle before leading off against the Orioles at Camden Yards on Sept. 17.

 

4. Powerade Bath

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Blue Jays rookie Brett Lawrie is doused by J.P. Arencibia after picking up two hits in his major league debut, a 5-4 Toronto victory on Aug. 5.

 

3. Boston Brawling

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David Ortiz of the Red Sox and Orioles pitcher Kevin Gregg do a little dancing as the benches clear at Fenway Park on July 8.

 

2. Game of Shadows

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Milwaukee's Yuniesky Betancourt smacks a triple against the Diamondbacks through the wild light and shadow configuration at Miller Park.

 

1. Strong-Willed St. Louis Sky

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Phillies second baseman Chase Utley takes a stroll to the on-deck circle during a game against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium on June 21.

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