TIME Photojournalism Links

Photojournalism Daily: Dec. 18, 2014

A compilation of the most interesting photojournalism found on the web, curated by Mikko Takkunen

Today’s daily Photojournalism Links collection highlights Melissa Lyttle‘s work from the tiny southern Caribbean island of Curaçao, which has become an unlikely breeding ground of major league baseball players. The autonomous territory, which is linked to the Netherlands, is twice the size of Brooklyn, and has a population of 150,000. But in baseball, it’s a giant: in 2014 alone, it had seven players in the MLB, making Curaçao the land with the most major leaguers per capita in the world this last season. One of them, Didi Grigious, is likely to succeed Yankees legend Derek Jeter as the team’s new shortstop. Lyttle’s photographs capture a fascinating glimpse of the island; its notoriously rocky fields and future talent.

Melissa Lyttle: An Unlikely Source of Big Talent (The New York Times)

Lynn Johnson: The First Year (National Geographic) These compelling photographs document children’s early development.

Julian Röder: Mission and Task (Wired Rawfile) These pictures capture the officers and equipment that European Union uses to guard its borders.

Top 100 Photos of 2014 (TIME LightBox)

2014 Photos of the Year (Mashable)

TIME College Sports

Chicago Judge Rejects $75 Million NCAA Settlement

"The court encourages the parties to continue their settlement discussions"

A Chicago judge on Wednesday rejected a $75 million settlement with the NCAA on player concussions, saying the funds allocated as part of the deal would potentially fall short and urging both parties to resume negotiations.

“The court encourages the parties to continue their settlement discussions … to address these concerns,” U.S. District Judge John Lee wrote in his 21-page opinion, the Associated Press reported.

Under the settlement proposal, $70 million would be allocated by the NCAA for concussion testing, with an additional $5 million for additional research.

Lee had expressed concern in an October hearing that the proposal covered non-contact sportspersons as well, and noted on Wednesday that head injuries for athletes like baseball and water polo players are not out of the realm of possibility. Their coverage under the settlement, as well as several other factors, made him unsure that the $70 million amount would be enough.

[AP]

TIME Baseball

Sy Berger, Designer of the Modern Baseball Card, Dies at 91

2014 Major League Baseball T-Mobile All-Star FanFest
Fans hold Topps Baseball same day baseball cards during the T-Mobile Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Friday, July 11, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Taylor Baucom—MLB Photos via Getty Images

Baseball cards actually date to the 1800s, but Berger was responsible for turning them into the version we know today

Sy Berger, who brought about the modern baseball trading card, thus creating an American cultural past-time and a flashpoint for childhood nostalgia, died on Sunday at his home in Rockville Centre, New York. He was 91.

The Lower East Side-born inventor is credited with turning the Brooklyn-based Topps company into the biggest name in the baseball card business, after introducing the first Topps cards in 1951, the New York Times reports.

Though baseball cards date to the 1800s, Berger was responsible for turning them into the version we know today: big, colorful, and imbued with meaning. The Times reports that Berger also collected cards as a kid and worshipped Wally Berger (no relation), of the Boston Braves, as a boyhood hero.

[NYT]

TIME Baseball

Sports Illustrated Names Madison Bumgarner Sportsman of the Year

The pitcher's legendary performance helped the San Francisco Giants win the World Series

San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner won the accolade of Sports Illustrated’s Sportsmen of the Year on Monday.

“The legend of Madison Bumgarner fits neatly in the space where we keep our idea of the archetypal outdoorsy, countrified man, where also reside the embellished, fictionalized Boone [North Carolina] and Mayberry’s Sheriff Andy Taylor,” writes SI’s Tom Verducci. “It’s just that in Bumgarner’s case, the stories are true.”

Bumgarner had a record-breaking postseason, throwing 52 2/3 innings and achieving a 1.03 ERA. Bumgarner’s performance in Game 7 of the World Series led the Giants to the championship.

Read more at Sports Illustrated

TIME MLB

Baseball Umpire Comes Out as Gay in First for Pro Sports

Dale Scott
Umpire Dale Scott officiates a game between the Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays on Aug. 7, 2013, in Seattle, Wa. Elaine Thompson—AP

Dale Scott has been an MLB umpire for 29 years

Major League Baseball umpire Dale Scott is the first active male official to come out as gay in the four major professional American sports leagues.

Scott discussed his sexuality in an interview with OutSports published Tuesday. He previously came out in the October issue of Referee magazine, in which the umpire was profiled. Referee, which is subscription-only, has a circulation of roughly 45,000.

A photograph showed Scott with his husband and had the following caption:

Scott’s resumé includes three World Series, three All-Star games, six league championship series and 10 division series. He and his longtime companion, Michael Rausch, traveled to Australia for the 2014 season opener between the Diamondbacks and Dodgers.

Scott has been an MLB umpire for 29 years. Major League Baseball officials and other league umpires were already aware of Scott’s sexuality even before theReferee magazine story was published, according to OutSports. Scott told OutSports that when the piece ran in the magazine, nobody even mentioned the photo to him.

Scott also said that while he would have been “horrified” if a story came out that he was gay early in his career, individuals around the league have personally given him their support throughout his career, making the decision to go public easier.

The umpire, who was the crew chief for this year’s NLDS between the Dodgers and Cardinals, has worked three World Series.

“I am extremely grateful that Major League Baseball has always judged me on my work and nothing else and that’s the way it should be,” Scott told OutSports.

Violet Palmer, the first female referee in the NBA, announced in July that she is gay.

No active Major League Baseball player has publicly announced he is gay.

This article originally appeared on SI.com

TIME Baseball

Adderall Caused Most MLB Positive Drug Tests

(NEW YORK) — While 113 big leaguers had exemptions in the past year to use otherwise banned substances to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Adderall caused eight of the 10 positive tests for stimulants under Major League Baseball’s drug program.

A report released Monday by MLB’s independent program administrator detailed the findings. Dr. Jeffrey M. Anderson’s report showed that therapeutic use exemptions given to 40-man roster players to treat ADHD were down from the 119 in the year ending with the 2013 World Series.

Among the TUEs for ADHD, there were 11 for new players, down from 21 the previous year and the lowest total since 2008, a person familiar with the data told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because those figures were not in the report.

MLB and the players’ association say the condition is more frequent in young adult males than among the general population.

One TUE also was granted for Hypogonadism, down from three.

Baltimore pitcher Troy Patton, San Diego outfielder Cameron Maybin and Orioles first baseman Chris Davis all served 25-game suspensions this year that followed banned tests for stimulants. Patton, now a free agent, was suspended again last month and will miss the first 80 games after he signs with a big league organization.

Players are suspended for banned stimulants only starting with a second violation. Initial positive tests are not announced and result in follow-up testing.

There were two positive tests for performance-enhancing drugs that led to 50-game suspensions: Tampa Bay pitcher Alex Colome for Boldenone, which has led to suspensions in several sports, and Seattle first baseman Ji-Man Choi for Methandienone, a substance popular with bodybuilders.

In addition, New York Yankees first baseman Alex Rodriguez served a season-long ban for violations of the sport’s drug agreement and labor contract related to MLB’s investigation of the Biogenesis of America clinic and not to positive tests.

MLB conducted 6,394 urine tests for PEDs and stimulants, up from 4,022 the previous year, and 1,535 blood tests for human growth hormone, an increase from 1,369. There has not been a positive HGH test since MLB began collecting blood samples in 2012.

TIME Baseball

Mo’ne Davis Is Sports Illustrated’s Sports Kid of the Year

Mo'ne Davis Sports Kid of the Year Cover Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated

Another honor for the first girl in history to throw a shutout during a Little League World Series

Monday marks another big moment for superstar teen pitcher Mo’ne Davis.

Sports Illustrated announced the 13-year-old has been named this year’s Sports Illustrated Sports Kid of the Year — with a little help from First Lady Michelle Obama:

Davis caught the world’s attention this summer, when she became the first girl in history to throw a shutout during a Little League World Series. She has since graced the cover of Sports Illustrated and landed a commercial shot by famed director Spike Lee.

Read more at SIKids.com

TIME Baseball

Red Sox, Pablo Sandoval Agree to 5-Year, $100 Million Deal

World Series - San Francisco Giants v Kansas City Royals - Game Two
Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants warms up before Game Two of the 2014 World Series against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. Dilip Vishwanat—Getty Images

Deal reported Monday said to be worth close to $100 million

Free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval has agreed to a deal with the Boston Red Sox, reports CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman. Sandoval’s agent Gustavo Vasquez told reporters that the deal is done, pending a physical.

According to Heyman, the deal will be for five years and close to $100 million.

Sandoval met with the Red Sox in Boston last week and had said he wants at least a six-year contract in free agency.

Sandoval is a two-time All-Star who won three World Series titles with the San Francisco Giants in his eight seasons with the team. He hit .279 with 16 homers, 73 RBI and a .739 OPS in 157 games last season and was even better in the postseason, hitting .366 with a record 26 hits in 71 at-bats during the team’s 17 playoff games.

Sandoval, 28, reportedly turned down a three-year, $40 million deal at the start of the 2014 season and was one of 12 players to reject a $15.1 million one-year qualifying offer from their team.

The Red Sox are also reportedly signing shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who is expected to receive a five-year, $90 million deal.

This article originally appeared on SI.com

TIME Sports

LIFE With Joe DiMaggio: Early Photos of a Baseball Phenom

On his 100th birthday, LIFE remembers Joe DiMaggio with photos made in 1939, when the Yankee Clipper was a 24-year-old star

Writing about Joe DiMaggio’s career on the diamond is a bit like writing about a great work of art: every time you touch on an especially memorable aspect, two or three more present themselves as equally worthy of mention. So where does one start? The 56-game hitting streak? The .325 career batting average? The three MVP awards? The nine World Series titles? The skill with the glove? The patience at the plate (the best homer-to-strikeout ratio for any player with at least 300 home runs)?

Maybe Yogi Berra put it best when he was asked, of all his legendary teammates, who was the greatest. “Joe DiMaggio,” Yogi told LIFE.com, without hesitation. “I played with him for five seasons, and never saw him do anything wrong.”

Here, on his 100th birthday (he was born Nov. 25, 1914, in Martinez, Calif.), LIFE.com remembers Joltin’ Joe with photos made in 1939 by Carl Mydans, when DiMaggio was a 24-year-old phenom. The middle brother of three (the older Vince, the younger Dom) who went on to play pro ball, Joe DiMaggio spent his whole career with the Yankees.

For countless people, he’s a symbol of an era in American sports when baseball, boxing and horse racing — but especially baseball — reigned. He was so good at what he did, and he made even the most difficult aspects of a notoriously difficult game look so effortless, that even fans who hated the Yankees could appreciate how singular a ballplayer he really was.

Long before he married Marilyn; long before he was a pitchman for Mr. Coffee; long before he was so much a part of the cultural landscape that entertainers from Woody Guthrie and Simon & Garfunkel to Madonna and Demi Lovato name-checked him in songs, DiMaggio was turning heads with his skills.

Happy 100th, Yankee Clipper. We won’t see your like again.

TIME Baseball

Marlins Sign Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton in the Largest Contract in U.S. Sports History

Miami Marlins v Milwaukee Brewers
Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins makes some contact at the plate during a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on September 11, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mike McGinnis — Getty Images

The 25-year-old slugger is set to make more than $300 million over 13 years

The Miami Marlins spared absolutely no expense this week to ensure that their star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton stayed with the franchise.

Late on Monday, the baseball club announced through their website that the team and Stanton had agreed on a new, record-setting 13-year contract worth $325 million — making the deal the largest in North American sports history, according to CBS Sports.

“This is a landmark day,” said Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, according to MLB.com. “I’m happy for the city. I’m happy for him. And I’m thrilled for baseball. We have a player who is committed to us, and we’ve committed to him for the life of his career.”

Miami’s all-out financial offensive to keep one of baseball’s best sluggers on their roster is likely designed to inject new momentum in the franchise’s fan base, after years of disappointment. The Marlins have failed to reach the playoffs since 2003 and recorded the lowest payroll in the league in 2014.

The team is scheduled to hold a formal press conference later this week in Miami to announce the finer details of their new contract with Stanton.

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