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Eight separate times Brad Mangin’s photographs have graced the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine.

His work is in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

But the 55-year-old senses he’s fighting a losing battle in the never-ending pursuit of the perfect shot because of the rise of the league-employed social media producer.

Known for taking some of the greatest shots of Barry Bonds in his prime, Mangin delivered a shot of a different kind after an almost-perfect photograph emerged from a recent game between the Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics.

A photographer was in the right spot to capture Carlos Correa and George Springer leaping to celebrate a 10-5 Astros’ win in game one of the American League divisional series, but unfortunately they weren’t the only ones in the frame.

“This MLB employee who sprinted out to centrefield to get social media video and ruin the photographs of Getty Images photographer Kevork Djansezian and everyone else at Dodger Stadium today shooting the Astros and Athletics is everything that’s wrong with covering sports today,” Mangin tweeted.

His comment ignited a heated debate between veteran snappers and the new wave of content producers who get better access because they‘re paid employees of the teams.

Mangin was branded a Boomer and told to evolve with the times.

“Face it, we’re out there,” one opponent said. ”The number of times I’ve had old-school photogs jump in front of my shot is countless. Adjust and keep shooting. Pretty simple.”

“Both were hired to do a job, I don‘t think this is the moment to be ‘job shaming’ per se,” added another. “Just so happens in this specific situation the MLB’s guy had better access, angle, and shot.”

Others suggested Djansezian should have just cropped or photoshopped out the videographer, prompting other photographers to explain that‘s against journalism ethics.

At the end of the day the more jobs that remain in sports and sports media the better, so old school photographers like Mangin should probably just buck up and do the best they can.

Djansezian did, by filing another shot taken a split second later that to be fair wasn‘t as good as his first one could have been, but was still pretty nice.

And as long as the league employees are taking photos as good as the one the Astros posted below, the fans are still winning.

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Baseball-Giants manager Kapler kneels during national anthem at Oakland game

July 21, 2020

(Reuters) – San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler said he would continue to speak out against racial injustice after joining his players in taking a knee during the national anthem before their exhibition game against the Oakland Athletics on Monday.

He became the first Major League Baseball manager to kneel during the anthem in a show of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter campaign, which gained momentum after George Floyd’s death in police custody in May.

Kapler kneeled down during the anthem on Monday along with outfielders Austin Slater, Jaylin Davis and Mike Yastrzemski, as well as first base coach Antoan Richardson. He said he informed the players of his plans before the game and offered his support whether they chose to kneel with him or remain standing.

“I spoke to the group and I gave them two messages. The first was that our coaching staff and organization would support any statement they wanted to make,” Kapler said.

“The second message was what my plans were. I wanted them to know I wasn’t pleased with the way our country has handled police brutality. I told them I wanted to amplify their voices and … the voice of the Black and marginalized communities.”

Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died in May after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, sparking global protests about racial inequality and police brutality.

Kapler, an outspoken backer of the Black Lives Matter movement, is entering his first season as the Giants’ manager.

(Story corrects second paragraph to clarify first kneeling happened on Monday, not earlier this year)

(Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Ana Nicolaci da Costa)

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Fourth of July Fireworks Light up Night Sky in Oakland

Oakland’s sky lit up with fireworks for hrs on the night of July 4, in spite of initiatives by authorities to crack down on unlawful incendiaries that have brought on brush fires in the region. Like these in many American cities, Oakland people have seasoned fireworks at all hrs of the night considering the fact that this summer. On July 4, thrill seekers shot a constant stream of them into the sky, triggering mid-air explosions found through the Bay Area. This footage was taken in Toler Heights, where the better elevation permitted Rachel Polivka to seize the consistent sample of fireworks in the distance. Credit score: Rachel Polivka by way of Storyful

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