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Freddie Freeman, Miguel Vargas and More: Best of Dodgers Team Photo Day 2023

It was photo day at Camelback Ranch on Wednesday, which means our first official photos of some new Dodgers wearing the best uniform in baseball. Do you remember that first photo of Mookie Betts in Dodger blue?

Or what about Freddie Freeman last year?

Well, we’re happy to report that Mookie and Freddie still look as good as ever in the bright white and beautiful blue.

Clayton Kershaw is heading into his 16th season with the Dodgers, and while he looks a lot different than he did in 2008, it’s only been improvements.

Although there’s one photo where he looks a lot different, and we can’t quite put our finger on why.

New designated hitter JD Martinez has big shoes to fill, essentially replacing Justin Turner in the lineup and being part of JT’s replacement in the clubhouse. As far as the uniform goes, it looks like he fills it just fine.

Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias is one of very few big-league hurlers to wear a single-digit uniform number. He wears his number 7 for the same reason Kershaw wears 22: because his favorite player from his childhood wore the number. For Kershaw, it was first baseman Will Clark, who had what was nearly a Hall of Fame career with the Giants, Rangers, and Orioles. For Urias, it was a guy named Darrell Sherman, who played just 37 games in the big leagues three years before Julio was born but later starred for Urias’s hometown Culiacan Tomateros in the Mexican League.

Urias is proud of his number 7, and he has the photo-day photo to prove it.

Los Angeles has two new Miguels this year: rookie Miguel Vargas and recently re-acquired infielder Miguel Rojas. The two have already become close, working on defense together in Miami during the offseason. Rojas has become somewhat of a mentor to Vargas, and the Dodgers social media team likes the connection.

Of course, Vargas isn’t the only middle infielder Rojas is a mentor to, and it looks like he has competition in the best friends department in this homage to the hilarious movie, Step Brothers.

And finally, in one more pop culture shout-out, here’s a video montage of photo day in the style of the one-season TV wonder, Freaks and Geeks.

Which was your favorite photo from photo day?

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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