Indians pitchers transform teammates into baseball art and the results are fantastic

Of the cool things that have happened this season with the AL Central-winning Cleveland Indians, this might rank just slightly behind winning 22 straight games.

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Pitchers Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco have spent the last few months of the season making the Indians’ “Mini Team” — baseball art that they say are basically caricatures of their teammates. They take baseballs and manipulate them so they look the Indians’ roster.

That might sound weird, but take a look, it’s actually super cool and very well done. The Indians got the whole “team” together for a photoshoot that debuted Monday:

(Indians.com)

Being the team whose fictional identity introduced us to Jobu, makes these pieces of baseball art even better. Here are a few of notable Indians next to their “Mini” versions for comparison. You can see everyone identified over on the Indians’ Mini Team page — they’ve built a website for them.

FRANCISCO LINDOR

(Cleveland Indians/Getty Images)

EDWIN ENCARNACION
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JASON KIPNIS

(Cleveland Indians/Getty Images)

MIKE CLEVINGER

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COREY KLUBER

(Cleveland Indians/Getty Images)

JOSE RAMIREZ

(Cleveland Indians/Getty Images)

CARLOS SANTANA

(Cleveland Indians/Getty Images)

BRADLEY ZIMMER

(Cleveland Indians/Getty Images)

TREVOR BAUER

(Cleveland Indians/Getty Images)

They’re all good for different reasons, but Francisco Lindor’s and Jason Kipnis’ look amazingly like the real things. Bradley Zimmer’s is the funniest, because of his long face. Bauer’s has the best props because of the drone on his head, which is a great reference to his drone accident from last season.

It should be noted, that Jose Ramirez was the first one that was made. It first surfaced on Carrasco’s Instagram account back in June. The team came together since then.

For more of why Bauer and Carrasco decided to keep doing this, check out this recent interview from Fox Sports Ohio:

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