Monday, March 27, 2017

Wigberto Nevarez - 2016-17 Melbourne Aces

Nevarez is a Puerto Rican import from the Atlanta Braves organisation who played with the Melbourne Aces during the 2016-17 ABL season. Nevarez spent 2016 playing for the Rome Braves, Atlanta's single A affiliate in the South Atlantic League.

I'm really happy with how this shot turned out - I feel it has almost a digital painting look to it.

2016-17 Melbourne Aces Wigberto Nevarez card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, March 24, 2017

Boss Moanaroa - 2016-17 Canberra Cavalry

Moanaroa faced a hard choice prior to the 2016-17 ABL season, as he had chosen to represent New Zealand previously due to his heritage despite being Aussie born. Unfortunately for him and for several others, New Zealanders were to be classed as "imports" for 2016-17 instead of being classed as "Australian" players as had previously occurred.  Moanaroa chose to play as an Aussie, giving him his second season with the Cavalry and sixth season in the ABL overall.

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Boss Moanaroa card front - ©2017 Adam East

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wade Dutton - 2016-17 Brisbane Bandits

After a 5 year hiatus with the club, the younger of the Dutton brothers returned to the Brisbane Bandits for the 2016-17 ABL season. Wade last played with the Bandits in the 2011-12 season back when his older brother Brad was still with the club.

2016-17 Brisbane Bandits Wade Dutton card front - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, March 20, 2017

Jordan Cowan - 2016-17 Adelaide Bite

American import and member of the Seattle Mariners' organisation, Cowan returned for his second season in the ABL with the Adelaide Bite during 2016-17. In between his Adelaide stints he spent 2016 playing for the Mariners' low and high A level affiliates, the Everett AquaSox and the Bakersfield Blaze. Seattle may have considered it a bit of unfinished business for Cowan as he dislocated his shoulder early on the 2015-16 ABL season with Adelaide, missing the rest of the season and the start of the American 2016 season.

2016-17 Adelaide Bite Jordan Cowan card front - ©2017 Adam East



Friday, March 17, 2017

Hiroki Yamazaki (山崎 裕貴) - 2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox

Yamazaki is a Japanese import who played with the Sydney Blue Sox during the 2016-17 ABL season. I was a little bit unsure about the Kanji for Yamazaki's name. The ABL has him listed as Hiroki Yamazaki however his name seems to transliterate as Yuki Yuzaki or Yuki Yukasaki in the several searches I did. From what I can tell, Yamazaki played with the Honda Motor Company's baseball team prior to coming to Sydney. You can see his Honda helmet tucked under his arm in my card image.

2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox Hiroki Yamazaki card front - ©2017 Adam East

2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox Hiroki Yamazaki alternate card front - ©2017 Adam East

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Brandon Stenhouse - 2016-17 Melbourne Aces

Stenhouse is a local Melbourne youngster who has signed with the New York Yankees organisation. Stenhouse played with the Melbourne Aces during the 2016-17 ABL season, his second season with the Aces. In 2016 he played for the Rookie league GCL Yankees West, also his second year in the Rookie leagues.

2016-17 Melbourne Aces Brandon Stenhouse card front - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, March 13, 2017

Mike Reeves - 2016-17 Canberra Cavalry

Reeves is a Canadian import from the Toronto Blue Jays organisation who played with the Canberra Cavalry during the 2016-17 ABL season. He spent 2016 playing with the Dunedin Blue Jays, Toronto's team in the Advanced A Florida State League. Reeves is currently on the roster of the Canadian team in the World Baseball Classic.

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Mike Reeves card front - ©2017 Adam East

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Mike Reeves alternate card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, March 10, 2017

Zac Treece - 2016-17 Brisbane Bandits

Treece is an American import who played with the Brisbane Bandits during the 2016-17 ABL season. He spent the previous 4 years playing the independent Frontier League, most recently with the River City Rascals. Nobody has ever seen Treece and Weird Al Yankovic together in the same room ...

2016-17 Brisbane Bandits Zac Treece card front - ©2017 Adam East

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

AC Carter - 2016-17 Adelaide Bite

Carter was an American import who played with the Adelaide Bite during the 2016-17 ABL season. After playing for Georgetown University he played for  Louvain-la-Neuve Phoenix in the Belgian Professional Baseball League (KBBSF) in 2015, and the Cologne Cardinals in 2016. He was playing club ball in Adelaide where he was signed up to the Bite roster. In 2017 he has signed with the  Montpellier Barracudas in the French Elite League.

I know the second shot isn't the most flattering image but I do like the look of boredom/dejection that seems to be captured in this shot - the life of the backup catcher in the bullpen :)

2016-17 Adelaide Bite AC Carter card front - ©2017 Adam East

2016-17 Adelaide Bite AC Carter alternate card front - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, March 6, 2017

Trent D'Antonio - 2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox

Veteran Sydney player D'Antonio suited up for his seventh straight ABL season with the Blue Sox in 2016-17. With an abundance of cathcers on the team, he was listed as playing third base throughout the year, however, as you can see from my photos, he still undertook some catching duties and I've kept him listed as a catcher.

Unfortunately I only realised when I was making D'Antonio's cards that the font I'd chosen for the player names didn't include an apostrophe, so he's showing up as DANTONIO instead of D'ANTONIO.


2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox Trent D'Antonio card front - ©2017 Adam East

2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox Trent D'Antonio alternate card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, March 3, 2017

Mark Hamburger - 2016-17 Melbourne Aces

Hamburger is an American import who played for the Melbourne Aces during the 2016-17 ABL season. Hamburger came with good credentials as a former Major League player, having played a handful of games with the Texas Rangers in 2011. Besides his MLB stint, he has extensive experience across various leagues, having played 8 seasons in the minor leagues between 2007 and 2015, split between Minnesota, Texas, Houston and San Diego, as well as time in the Puerto Rican, Venezuelan and Mexican Pacific Winter Leagues. In 2016 he played fro the St Paul Saints in the independent American Association.

2016-17 Melbourne Aces Mark Hamburger card front - ©2017 Adam East

2016-17 Melbourne Aces Mark Hamburger alternate card front - ©2017 Adam East

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Aaron Sloan - 2016-17 Canberra Cavalry

Following his unexpected return to the Cavalry in 2015-16, the younger Sloan brother found himself a regular in the starting line-up for the Cavalry during the 2016-17 ABL season, his fifth with the Cavalry.

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Aaron Sloan card front - ©2017 Adam East

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Simon Morriss - 2016-17 Brisbane Bandits

Brisbane veteran Morriss returned for his sixth season with the Bandits during the 2016-17 ABL season. It was a bit of a resurgence for Morriss, as despite only appearing in a limited number of games he pitched more total innings in 2016-17 than he had in the previous 4 ABL seasons combined.

2016-17 Brisbane Bandits Simon Morriss card front - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, February 20, 2017

LeDarious Clark - 2016-17 Adelaide Bite

Clark is an American import from the Texas Rangers organisation who played with the Adelaide Bite during the 2016-17 ABL season. In 2016 he played for both the AZL Rangers and the Hickory Crawdads, the Rangers' Rookie and Single A level teams respectively. Clark caused some controversy in his ABL time, being suspended for two games for colliding with Canberra's first baseman Boss Moanaroa. Clark had challenged the initial ruling which meant that he still hadn't served his suspension by the time the teams re-met later in the season.

2016-17 Adelaide Bite LeDarious Clark card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, February 17, 2017

Todd Grattan - 2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox

Local boy (can you still call a baseballer a boy at 31?)  Grattan returned for  his sixth ABL season with the Sydney Blue Sox during the 2016-17 ABL season.

2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox Todd Grattan card front - ©2017 Adam East