Keeping CalmA young man waves a towel over the head of his horse. They will soon enter the arena and a spooked horse brings less money to his family. He hopes this trick will keep the horse calm inside the auction house. To find out more about photographer Michael Hanson's inspiration and work process, read his interview with Amy Silverman, Outside's photo director.
Mt. Hope AuctionA group of Amish men at the Mt. Hope Auction in Ohio, 2012.
Rural OhioA young boy rides his father's bicycle while his brother slides on his scooter at their barn in rural Ohio.
Corn HarvestAn elderly Amish man tends to the horses during the corn harvest in Ohio.
Santo Domingo, Dominican RepublicA portrait of a young pitcher in Santo Domingo.
Cabarate, Dominican RepublicA dad teaches his young son the correct batting position in a lush green yard in front of their modest home.
San Pedro de Marcoris, Dominican RepublicTwo teenagers opt out of watching the cattle and instead practice their swings. The cows graze on the town trash while one young man swings a board at a flying bottle cap.
Boca Chica, Dominican RepublicA portrait of a top prospect, Raymel Flores, who at this time was anxiously awaiting his 16.5 birthday, when he is eligible to sign with an MLB team. His tiny home has a tin roof and leaks water throughout the year.
Boca Chica, Dominican RepublicHere, Raymel Flores washes dishes with his mother. A few weeks after this image was taken, Flores signed with the Boston Red Sox for $900,000.
Boca Chica, Dominican RepublicPlayers live in abandoned houses where they train all day with other prospects. Mosquito nets cover rotten mattresses in this training camp. Players hope to sign with a professional team after they turn 16.5.
Dominican RepublicA young prospect practices with a sugar cane bat in his front yard.
San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican RepublicA bus-load of young professional players as they travel from their training facility to the Detroit Tigers' Dominican training camp.
Dominican RepublicKids playing baseball on an empty dirt street.
Dominican RepublicA young prospect takes a break during practice.
San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican RepublicThe Dominican Braves bow for a prayer after a game as dark clouds linger overhead. All these players have signed a professional contract with the Atlanta Braves but only the best will make the move to the U.S. to play in the minor leagues.
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