15 Most Incredible Baseball Photos of 2011

Adam HirshfieldFeatured ColumnistDecember 15, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: The sun sets as the New York Mets take on the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on June 3, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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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

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 31:  Curtis Granderson #14 of the New York Yankees dives to catch the ball for an out in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers on Opening Day at Yankee Stadium on March 31, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by N
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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

PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 01:  Ryan Roberts #14 of the Arizona Diamondbacks safely slides in to score a run past catcher Geovany Soto #18 of the Chicago Cubs during the fourth inning of the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on May 1, 2011 in Phoenix, Ariz
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Ryan Roberts of the Diamondbacks slides safely past Cubs catcher Geovany Soto.

 

13. Phillie Mob

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 08: The Philadelphia Phillies wait at home plate for teammate Raul Ibanez #29 after he hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 at Citizens Bank Park on July 8, 2011 in Philadelphia, P
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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

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28:  Fans of the New York Mets sit alone in the upper deck during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field on September 28, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac
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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

HOUSTON - JUNE 16:  Center fielder Michael Bourn #21 of the Houston Astros can't come up with the catch on a dropping line drive off the bat of Garrett Jones #46 in the sixth inning scoring Andrew McCutchen from second base at Minute Maid Park on June 16,
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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

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 11:  The bat of Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers flies through the air on its way to hitting a fan after he lost his grip on it during an at-bat in Game Three of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tiger
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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

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11:  Ben Zobrist #18 of the Tampa Bay Rays bobbles a ground ball but makes the assist against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park April 11, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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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

BRADENTON, FL - MARCH 02:  Outfielder Andrew Lambo #81 of the Pittsburgh Pirates catches a fly ball against the Minnesota Twins during a Grapefruit League Spring Training Game at McKechnie Field on March 2, 2011 in Bradenton, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/
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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

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 13:  Nyjer Morgan #2 of the Milwaukee Brewers gestures after he doubled in the top of the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game 4 of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 13, 2011 in
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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

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 17: Maicer Izturis #13 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim warms up before leading off against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 17, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Baltimore Orioles won, 6-2. (P
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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

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 05:  Brett Lawrie #13 of the Toronto Blue Jays is doused with Powerade after a 5-4 Toronto victory in his major league debut against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 5, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Ph
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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

BOSTON, MA - JULY 8:  David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox and pitcher Kevin Gregg #63 of the Baltimore Orioles fight in the bottom of the eighth inning at Fenway Park on July 8, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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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

MILWAUKEE, WI - OCTOBER 01:  Yuniesky Betancourt #3 of the Milwaukee Brewers runs the bases after hitting a triple in the sixth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks during Game One of the National League Division Series at Miller Park on October 1, 201
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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

ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 21: Chase Utley #26 of the Philadelphia Phillies walks to the on deck circle during a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on June 21, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)
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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.