February 27th, 2012
A necessary evil…organized chaos…both terms fit when it comes to Photo Day.
Each year, player headshots are used all over the country. You’ll see them on all your favorite sports websites, in magazines, in media guides, on TV, on scoresheets, in video games and on scoreboards. Unfortunately, there is only one time when all players who can potentially make a Big League team are in the same place at the same time. That time is at Spring Training before a workout.
Hence the creation of the dreaded Photo Day: With workouts starting early each morning, all of the 60 players in Big League camp along with all coaches, bullpen catchers, trainers and clubhouse staff need to get their headshots taken prior to 9:00 AM.
Today, the players had to hit nine photography stations to complete their Photo Day. The stations included (in order): Padres headshot, MLB, Getty headshot, Getty full-body photo, AP, UT San Diego, Padres portrait photographer, Topps and green screen video for the scoreboard.
Here’s a look at some of the sights from this morning’s Photo Day: