The independent leagues are tough, brother

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Dmitri Young headshot.jpgThe independent leagues are a tough business, and I’m not just talking about the low pay and poor working conditions.

Former Tigers/Reds/Nats awesomefielder Dmitri Young is now a consultant and hitting instructor with the Oakland County
Cruisers of the Frontier League.  He was just on Sirius/XM and said that the team’s driver stole the team bus yesterday. Stole. The. Damn. Bus.

Of course, maybe this is less a function of life in the independent leagues and more a function of, you know, being in Oakland.

UPDATE:  I somehow mixed up Oakland, California for Oakland County, Michigan, which is where Young’s team plays.  My bad.  Oakland County, Michigan consists of the peaceful and respectable northern suburbs of Detroit.  Still, there are a lot of chop shops in Detroit, so maybe this was a border incursion . . .

Troy Tulowitzki poses as a pitcher on photo day

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Update: The photographer was apparently in on the action, according to Topps. Still pretty funny. (Hat tip: Mike Ashmore)

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Thursday marked photo day for the Blue Jays. There are always some oddities, usually when the players create fun for themselves. This time, the fun happened when a photographer mistook shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for a pitcher. Tulowitzki rolled with it and followed the photographer’s instructions to pose like a pitcher.

Hazel Mae has the hilarious video:

Hitters, of course, typically pose with a bat over their shoulder. Pitchers typically have their hand in their glove, sometimes leaning forward as if receiving the signs from their catcher.

Tulowitzki has exclusively played shortstop during his 12-year career in the majors, but perhaps one day he’ll step on the mound and be able to call himself a pitcher.