My favorite baseball iPhone Instagrams of 2015

Posted on December 30, 2015

As 2015 draws to a close and I am running out of new episodes of Gold Rush to watch on television I thought it would be fun to look back at the past baseball season and gather up some of my favorite iPhone pictures that I sent out over my Instagram feed @bmangin. 2015 was the fourth MLB season that I photographed the great game of baseball with an iPhone. I started back at spring training in 2012 when I took my iPhone 4S with me to Scottsdale and made the first pictures that would start me on a season-long project. This set of pictures ended up being published in a book entitled Instant Baseball. Publishing a book of photographs shot entirely with an iPhone was a fun and crazy experience, but I didn’t stop after that one season. I continued shooting with my phone in 2013, and on into this past season. My pictures are way better as the cameras in the iPhone have improved, and my shooting skills with the iPhone have progressed. Of course the best part of shooting these pictures is sharing them on Instagram. I really love publishing my images on this social media network, as well as following my friends on it. Being able to share in their daily lives and see what projects they are working on via Instagram is a daily ritual for me.

I started shooting the 2015 season where I always do, at spring training in Arizona. This time it was with an iPhone 6 Plus. This year I went to five photo days in Arizona and posed guys with my iPhone. I got some fun results and some of my favorites are displayed here in this blog post. One of the big highlights for me and my iPhone was my first-ever trip to Wrigley Field in August to shoot a four game series between the Giants and Cubs. The journey to Chicago added some nice variety to this set of pictures. By the time I finished my season after Game 5 of the World Series in New York I was using an iPhone 6S Plus. Going through all the iPhone pictures I shot this past season makes me hungry to shoot more baseball. How many days til spring training? I can’t wait! I hope you enjoy this look back at the 2015 baseball season through the lens of my iPhone. Here are my 25 favorites, in chronological order:

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iPhone Instagram of Mike Zunino of the Seattle Mariners posing during Photo Day on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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iPhone Instagram of Taijuan Walker of the Seattle Mariners posing during Photo Day on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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iPhone Instagram of Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants posing for a portrait during spring training photo day at Scottsdale Stadium on February 27, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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iPhone Instagram of Jimmy Rollins of the Los Angeles Dodgers posing during Photo Day on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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iPhone Instagram of Paul Goldschmidt #44 of the Arizona Diamondbacks posing during Photo Day on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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iphone Instagram of Justin Upton #10 of the San Diego Padres posing for photographs on Photo Day at the Peoria Sports Complex on March 2, 2015 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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iPhone Instagram of manager Don Mattingly of the Los Angeles Dodgers sitting in the dugout before a game against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Sloan Park in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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iPhone Instagram of Will Ferrell of the Oakland Athletics taking batting practice before a spring training game against the Seattle Mariners at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, Arizona on March 12, 2015. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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iPhone Instagram of the Texas Rangers standing on the field prior to the game against the Oakland Athletics on Opening Day at O.co Coliseum on April 6,2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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iPhone Instagram of tape outline on the floor of home plate umpire Bill Miller and his knee injury in the umpire’s licker room before the game between the Los Angeles Angels and San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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iPhone Instagram of Alfonso Soriano batting during the Hall of Fame Classic game at Doubleday Field on May 23, 2014 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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iPhone Instagram of the famous ivy-covered outfield wall before the game between the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on August 6, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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iPhone Instagram of the famous ivy-covered outfield wall before the game between the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on August 6, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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iPhone Instagram of fans entering the ballpark before the game between the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on August 6, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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iPhone Instagram of a general overall interior view during the game between the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on August 6, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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iPhone Instagram of the Oakland Athletics standing for the National Anthem before the game against the Kansas City Royals at O.co Coliseum on Saturday, June 27, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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iPhone Instagram of Mark Canha of the Oakland Athletics getting a Gatorade bath from teammate Brett Lawrie after driving in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning with a double against the Cleveland Indians at O.co Coliseum on Sunday, August 2, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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iPhone Instagram of Angel Pagan of the San Francisco Giants walking onto the field before the game against the Cincinnati Reds at AT&T Park on September 15, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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iPhone Instagram of Matt Duffy of the San Francisco Giants standing in the dugout during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at AT&T Park on September 16, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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iPhone Instagram of the interior of the ballpark at sunset during the game between the Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on September 16, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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iPhone Instagram of Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks waiting in the on deck circle during the game against the San Francisco Giants in the top of the six inning at AT&T Park on September 18, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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iPhone Instagram of Barry Zito #75 of the Oakland Athletics standing on the field with his son Marsden Zito and wife Amber Zito before the game against the San Francisco Giants at O.co Coliseum on Sunday, September 27, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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iPhone Instagram of New York Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes waiting his turn at batting practice during the World Series workout on Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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iPhone Instagram of Kansas City Royals autographed team balls sit in the clubhouse before they defeated the New York Mets 7-1 in Game 2 of the 2015 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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iPhone Instagram of a fan holding a sign outside prior to Game 5 of the 2015 World Series between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

What Others Are Saying

  1. Mark Carruthers March 26, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Hi Brad… Okay, okay – It took me a while to get back to your blog. My bad. Looking @ your favorite Instagram images from 2015 is very enlightening. Very diverse collection. I’d imagine the highlight of your year was visiting Wrigley for the 1st time? As you may recall, I finally made it there last summer and hope to get there again this year. Cheers… Mark

  2. Brad Mangin May 23, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Thanks for looking Mark! Yes- getting to Wrigley was a huge deal for me. Such a special place!

    Brad

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