The Dodgers designate Tony Gwynn Jr. for assignment

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Tony Gwynn Jr.’s days with the Dodgers are over. He was designated for assignment today.

Gwynn has been having a nightmare season, hitting 232/.276/.293 in 277 at-bats.  He plays good defense, however, and isn’t as bad as this season’s production suggests, so he should probably latch on as a fourth or fifth outfield someplace.  He’s still under contract through 2013, though, so he may have to be released before someone comes calling.

Taking Gwynn’s place will be Jerry Sands, who has proven for the second straight year that he has nothing left to prove at Triple-A. Sands is hitting .286/.367/.518 at Albuquerque and now would seem to have his best shot of establishing himself with the Dodgers.

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.