Friday, May 19, 2017

Steve Kent - 2016-17 Canberra Cavalry

Local player Kent returned for his sixth season with the Cavalry during the 2016-17 ABL season. During 2016, Kent primarily spent time with the Atlanta Braves double A affiliate, the Mississippi Braves, although he did have a single game with the Triple A level Gwinnett Braves.

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Steve Kent card front - ©2017 Adam East

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Josh Guyer - 2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox

After being released by the Minnesota Twins organisation in 2015, Guyer missed the 2015-16 ABL season, eventually returning to the Sydney Blue Sox in 2016-17. The 2016-17 ABL season was Guyer's fourth in the ABL and with the Blue Sox.


2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox Josh Guyer card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, May 12, 2017

Matt Kennelly - 2016-17 Perth Heat

Matt Kennelly returned for his seventh ABL season with the Perth Heat in 2016-17. In 2016 Matt  retired from affiliated baseball, having played 10 years primarily for the Atlanta Braves organisation. His final stint was with the Double A level Mississippi Braves in the Southern League.


2016-17 Perth Heat Matt Kennelly card front - ©2017 Adam East

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Jon Kennedy - 2016-17 Melbourne Aces

Kennedy is a local Melbournian who played his fifth season in the ABL and with the Melbourne Aces in the 2016-17 ABL season. Despite it being his fifth ABL season, this is my first card for Kennedy. Kennedy signed with the Atlanta Braves organisation in 2015 and spent his first year with the organisation in 2016, pitching for their Rookie, Single A and advanced A affiliates. In 2017 he has started with the Single A level Rome Braves.

2016-17 Melbourne Aces Jon Kennedy card front - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, May 8, 2017

Josh Almonte - 2016-17 Canberra Cavalry

Almonte is an American import from the Toronto Blue Jays organisation who played with the Canberra Cavalry during the 2016-17 ABL season. Almonte spent 2016 split between the Lansing Lugnuts and the Dunedin Blue Jays, Toronto's single and advanced A teams respectively..

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Josh Almonte card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, May 5, 2017

Thomas Milone - 2016-17 Brisbane Bandits

Milone is an American import from the Tampa Bay Rays organisation who played with the Brisbane Bandits during the 2016-17 ABL season. In 2016 Milone played with the Charlotte Stone Crabs in the Advanced A level Florida State League.


2016-17 Brisbane Bandits Thomas Milone card front - ©2017 Adam East

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Christopher Horne - 2016-17 Adelaide Bite

Horne is a local South Australian player who played his second season with the Adelaide Bite during 2016-17.

2016-17 Adelaide Bite Christopher Horne card front - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, May 1, 2017

Tucker Neuhaus - 2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox

Neuhaus is an American import from the Milwaukee Brewers organisation who played with the Sydney Blue Sox during the 2016-17 ABL season. Neuhaus spent 2016 split between the Brewers Arizona League rookie tam and their single A affiliate, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox Tucker Neuhaus card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, April 28, 2017

Peter Moylan - 2016-17 Melbourne Aces

Current MLB pitcher with the Kansas City Royals, Perth born Moylan returned to the Melbourne Aces during the 2016-17 ABL season for his second season in the ABL, although admittedly, his first season consisted of just a single inning of relief. As a Perth supporter I was disappointed that he's not playing for his hometown Heat in the ABL.

2016-17 Melbourne Aces Peter Moylan card front - ©2017 Adam East

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Aaron Sayers - 2016-17 Canberra Cavalry

Former Aces player Sayers returned for his second season with the Canberra Cavalry and sixth in the ABL during the 2016-17 ABL season.

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

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

Monday, April 24, 2017

Ryan Rowland-Smith - 2016-17 Brisbane Bandits

The "Hyphen" made his ABL debut back in Australia during the 2016-17 ABL season with the Brisbane Bandits. Rowland-Smith's 14 year stint in the minors and Major League Baseball finished in 2014, however he spent the last 2 years playing short stints the Dominican Winter League, most recently with the Gigantes del Cibao, before returning to his native Australia.

2016-17 Brisbane Bandits Ryan Rowland-Smith card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, April 21, 2017

Bas Nooij - 2016-17 Adelaide Bite

No, do not adjust your screen, Bas Nooij is the correct spelling of this players name, it isn't a typo. Nooij (Bas is a contraction of Sebastian) is a Dutch baseballer who played with the Adelaide Bite during the 2016-17 ABL season. Nooij had previously spent ten seasons playing for the Amsterdam Pirates in the Honkbal Hoofdklasse (Dutch Major League Baseball.)

2016-17 Adelaide bite Bas Nooij card front - ©2017 Adam East

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Zac Shepherd - 2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox

Sydney local Shepherd returned for his fourth season with the Sydney Blue Sox in 2016-17 after missing the 2015-16 ABL season. In 2016 Shepherd played for the Lakeland Flying Tigers - the Detroit Tigers advanced A affiliate.

I've noticed that Shepherd's first name seems to be being referred to as both Zac and Zach online, however he seems to refer to himself as Zac, so I've dropped the "h" in the spelling of his name.

2016-17 Sydney blue Sox Zac Shepherd card front - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, April 17, 2017

Cody Jones - 2016-17 Melbourne Aces

Jones was an American import from the Kansas City Royals organisation who played for the Melbourne Aces during the 2016-17 ABL season. Jones spent 2016 split between the single A level Lexington Legends and the advanced A level Wilmington Blue Rocks.

2016-17 Melbourne Aces Cody Jones card front - ©2017 Adam East

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Morning 2017

It's the morning of Easter Sunday here in Australia. I would be remiss not to focus on the sacrifice of the Saviour and his resurrection at this Easter time. Gaining an understanding of who Jesus Christ is, what he did for us and how we can take advantage of the Atonement of Jesus Christ is part of the purpose of this life. I invite you to watch the video and to act upon it, to help receive more peace in your life.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Scott Mitchinson - 2016-17 Perth Heat

The first of my Perth Heat cards for the 2016-17 ABL season features Perth local, Scott Mitchinson. Mitchinson had his fifth year with the Heat and in the ABL during the 2016-17 season.

My night shots usually aren't very good but I liked how this shot turned out. His pitching arm and the ball could be sharper, and less shadow on the face would have been good, but I do like the contrast in the shot.

2016-17 Perth Heat Scott Mitchinson card front - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, April 10, 2017

Hayden Beard - 2016-17 Canberra Cavalry

Canberran local Beard had been off the ABL field for 5 seasons, having last played for Canberra in 2011-12. Beard had been the Cavalry's pitching coach for a number of years, however 2016-17 marked his return to the playing roster. Beard had endured three years of shoulder related to injuries prior to this time, during which time he was also released by the San Diego Padres. The start of 2016-17 was his first step back to top level baseball. I don't know what subsequently happened - he only ended up pitching in 2 games for the season. I'm presuming that his shoulder may not have held up, but have been unable to confirm if that is correct.

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Hayden Beard card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, April 7, 2017

Edgar Valle - 2015-16 Perth Heat

OK, a bit of a blast from the past here. Going back through my 2015-16 Perth photos to find shots for my 2016-17 Perth Heat cards and I realised I had some shots of players that I hadn't identified by player name. With some help of the Perth Heat Facebook staff I was able to discover that I had some shots of Edgar Valle, an American import from the independent leagues who played with the Heat during the 2015-16 ABL season. So, without further adieu, here's Mr Valle's Perth Heat card from back in 2015-16.
2015-16 Perth Heat Edgar Valle card front - ©2017 Adam East

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Ty'Relle Harris - 2016-17 Brisbane Bandits

Harris is an American import who played with the Brisbane Bandits during the 2016-17 ABL season. Harris spent 4 years playing in the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs farm systems before being released in 2012. Since then he has spent his time playing in various foreign and independent leagues, most recently with the York Revolution in the Atlantic League in 2016.

Unfortunately, I didn't realise until well into the card designs that the font set I used didn't have an apostrophe (') so his name has come out as TYRELLE instead of TY'RELLE on the card. Maybe he'll go on to establish a meganational corporation that designs replicant humans after his baseball career finishes ...

2016-17 Brisbane Bandits Ty'Relle Harris card front - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, April 3, 2017

Connar O'Gorman - 2016-17 Adelaide Bite

With the changes to the rules around "New Zealanders" no longer being classified as Australian players, I'm unsure as to whether New Zealand national player O'Gorman ended up becoming an "Aussie" in 2016-17, he did however return again to the Adelaide Bite for his foruth ABl season, his thirs with the Bite.

2016-17 Adelaide Bite Connar O'Gorman card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, March 31, 2017

How to Handle the Missing 2016-17 Perth Heat?

I commented previously about how I wouldn't get the opportunity to get shots of the Perth Heat during the 2016-17 ABL season - that I was travelling interstate through the season and my travels wouldn't line up to be near when they were playing. Being a bit of a completist this of course has bugged me no end.

Originally I thought I'd just have to "suck it up" and only have cards for the other 5 teams for 2016-17, however I realised that there was a possible solution. I have a number of my unused shots from the 2015-16 ABL season of Perth Heat players that I could use for their 2016-17 cards. Unfortunately, the uniform is a little bit different between the two seasons - the Heat logo on the chest was smaller in the 2016-17 season uniform compared to the 2015-16 uniform and there were some other minor variations, however they were otherwise fairly close. If I didn't care about the uniform at all, there were additional unused shots I could have used from earlier years as well.

Here's a shot of the 2016-17 uniform from off the web.


However, despite the uniform issues, I've decided to use some of my unused 2015-16 season photos to produce my Perth Heat 2016-17 season designs. Obviously, I'm limited to those players who appeared in both seasons, but I should at least be able to get some Perth Heat 2016-17 card designs for the returning local players.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Jacob Younis - 2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox

Younis was one of the Sydney locals who seems to have survived the recent exodus of longer term locals at the Blue Sox. The 2016-17 ABL season was Younis' seventh season in the ABL and with the Sydney Blue Sox. He spent 2016 playing for the Hamburg Stealers in the German Baseball Bundesliga.

2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox Jacob Younis card front - ©2017 Adam East

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

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Mike Walker - 2016-17 Melbourne Aces

Walker is a dual Australian and American citizen who played with the Melbourne Aces during the 2016-17 ABL season, his first in the ABL. Walker was born in America but lived as a toddler in Wagga Wagga in Australia with his Australian mother before returning to the US. Walker played for Australia in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, and spent four years in the Milwaukee Brewers' farm system between 2010 and 2013.

2016-17 Melbourne Aces Mike Walker card front - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, February 13, 2017

Daichi Takeuchi (竹内大知) - 2016-17 Canberra Cavalry

Takeuchi is a Japanese import who played with the Canberra Cavalry during the 2016-17 ABL season, Takeuchi spent 2016 playing for the Gunma Diamond Pegasus in the independent Baseball Challenge League (BCL) in Japan.

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Daichi Takeuchi card front - ©2017 Adam East

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Daichi Takeuchi alternate card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, February 10, 2017

Connor MacDonald - 2016-17 Brisbane Bandits

MacDonald returned for his fifth season with the Bandits during the 2016-17 ABL season. In 2016 he played for the Greeneville Astros, Houston's Rookie level team in the Appalachian League.

I know the second image is the clearest but I just liked it - the colour combinations and the angle.


2016-17 Brisbane Bandits Connor MacDonald card front - ©2017 Adam East


2016-17 Brisbane Bandits Connor MacDonald alternate card front - ©2017 Adam East

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Jackson Brebner-Russ - 2016-17 Adelaide Bite

Brebner-Russ is an Australian player who had his second bite of the cherry in 2016-17. He originally played a handful of games with the Adelaide Bite during the 2012-13 ABL season, but was unable to break back into the Adelaide team until the 2016-17 ABL season where he once again made a cameo appearance for the Bite.

2016-17 Adelaide Bite Jackson Brebner-Russ card front - ©2017 Adam East

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Josh Davies - 2016-17 Melbourne Aces SGA

The Melbourne Aces held a farewell for veteran player Josh Davies on the 21st of January during their home series against the Adelaide Bite. Davies had decided to retire during the season after 235 games with the Aces over 7 years. The Aces distributed a farewell card of Davies at the game. The card design appears to partially utilise the Topps 2016 Baseball design.

2016-17 Melbourne Aces Josh Davies Stadium Giveaway - Front

2016-17 Melbourne Aces Josh Davies Stadium Giveaway - back