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Saturday was photo day for several MLB teams, the annual tradition for various photographers and rightsholders to shoot pictures of players on every team, for use in various items throughout the year. Many photos are snapped with green screens, allowing for multiple backgrounds, but the vast majority of these photos end up looking like high school yearbook photos.

Which is what makes these great photos stand out, for being just a little bit different.

The best one might be Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson, known for his glove, so much so he pointed to it. You might notice the nickname "Mr. Zoombiya."


Photo: Mark J. Rebilas | USA Today

Danny Salazar of the Indians tried to intimidate, showing only his eyes.


Photo: Jamie Squire | Getty Images

While most everybody smiled, Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson stood out for looking sad. Perhaps he can turn that frown upside down by reaching triple digits in innings in 2015.


Photo: Rick Scuteri | USA Today

Many of these photo days are cattle calls, with players herded from shot to shot, often with placards or pieces of paper telling them where to line up or stand. Some players, like A.J. Griffin of the Athletics, use these to their advantage.


Photo: Jim Camporeale | USA Today

Others double up, like Chris Dwyer and Luke Hochevar of the Royals.


Photo: Mark J. Rebilas | USA Today

Some players, like Mayor of Brohio Nick Swisher, use other methods to get their name out there.


Photo: Jamie Squire | Getty Images

Dwight Smith Jr. of the Blue Jays likes to let his bat do the talking.


Photo: Rob Carr | Getty Images

Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo used photo day to show off a new grip he's been working on.


Photo: Christian Petersen | Getty Images

Reds outfielder Jay Bruce went for the Platoon look, perhaps fitting since he hit just .161/.217/.339 against left-handed pitchers in 2014.


Photo: Christian Petersen | Getty Images

While Mariners pitcher Erasmo Ramirez took his first name to heart!


Photo: Christian Petersen | Getty Images

Well done, you guys. I vote you most likely to succeed in 2015.