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  • Photo: Michael Hanson

    Keeping Calm

    A 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.

  • Photo: Michael Hanson

    Mt. Hope Auction

    A group of Amish men at the Mt. Hope Auction in Ohio, 2012.

  • Photo: Michael Hanson

    Rural Ohio

    A young boy rides his father's bicycle while his brother slides on his scooter at their barn in rural Ohio.

  • Photo: Michael Hanson

    Corn Harvest

    An elderly Amish man tends to the horses during the corn harvest in Ohio.

  • Photo: Michael Hanson

    Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    A portrait of a young pitcher in Santo Domingo.

  • Photo: Michael Hanson

    Cabarate, Dominican Republic

    A dad teaches his young son the correct batting position in a lush green yard in front of their modest home.

  • Photo: Michael Hanson

    San Pedro de Marcoris, Dominican Republic

    Two 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.

  • Photo: Michael Hanson

    Boca Chica, Dominican Republic

    A 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.

  • Photo: Michael Hanson

    Boca Chica, Dominican Republic

    Here, 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.

  • Photo: Michael Hanson

    Boca Chica, Dominican Republic

    Players 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.

  • Photo: Michael Hanson

    Dominican Republic

    A young prospect practices with a sugar cane bat in his front yard.

  • Photo: Michael Hanson

    San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic

    A bus-load of young professional players as they travel from their training facility to the Detroit Tigers' Dominican training camp.

  • Photo: Michael Hanson

    Dominican Republic

    Kids playing baseball on an empty dirt street.

  • Photo: Michael Hanson

    Dominican Republic

    A young prospect takes a break during practice.

  • Photo: Michael Hanson

    San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic

    The 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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