Thursday, May 10, 2018

1st Version Photos From Arizona, 2018 Edition

As was the case in both 2016 and 2017 there are a handful of photos from this year's edition of BBM's 1st Version set that were taken at the Fighters' early spring training in Scottsdale, Arizona this past February.  I've pointed this out numerous times before but most of the photos for the 1st Version set were actually taken last season.  For the most part the exceptions to this are players who are new to their team this year - rookies, free agents, traded players and new foreign players.

The only rookie that the Fighters brought with them to Arizona was Kotaro Kiyomiya, their first round pick from last fall.  They had four new foreign players with them - Michael Tonkin, Bryan Rodiguez, Nick Martinez and Oswaldo Arcia - and one player who had signed with the Fighters as a free agent over the winter - Shinya Tsuruoka.

Arcia doesn't have a card in the set but the other five do.  I know for sure that Kiyomiya's photo was taken in Arizona because the photo shows up in the team's gallery from Feburary 10th.

2018 BBM 1st Version #129
I don't know if the photo from the "secret" version of Kiyomiya's card was taken in Arizona but it may have been from one of the two exhibition games that they played there.

The photos of the three foreign pitchers all appear to have been taken in a bullpen.  In fact they all may have been taken at around the same time:

2018 BBM 1st Version #115

2018 BBM 1st Version #118

2018 BBM 1st Version #113
And all three of the pitchers ended up on the Fighters team card, also pitching in the bullpen:

2018 BBM 1st Version #329
This could be in Okinawa but I'm pretty sure that this is Arizona as it looks like the wall in the bullpen in some photos from the Fighters' gallery from February 14th.

Tsuruoka's photo is probably from Arizona but again it could be from Okinawa:

2018 BBM 1st Version #120

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