Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Devon Barker - 2015-16 Adelaide Bite

Barker is an American import who played with the Adelaide bite during the 2015-16 ABL season. Barker had previously played for the Corvallis Knights in the collegiate level West Coast League where he caught the eye of Brooke Knight, the Bites' Manager.

It was a very glarey day when I was getting shots of the Bite, and all of my shots of Barker have his face obscured in shadow. This was about the best of a bad lot.

2015-16 Adelaide Bite Devon Barker card front - ©2016 Adam East



Monday, September 26, 2016

Keiji Uezono (上園 啓史) - 2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox

Uezono is a former NPB player from Japan who played with the Sydney Blue Sox during the 2015-16 ABL season. Uezono spent 7 seasons in the NPB playing with the Hanshin Tigers and the Rakutan Golden Eagles between 2007 and 2014. In 2016 he has spent time with the De Gloskoning Twins in the Dutch Major League.

2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox Keiji Uezono card front - ©2016 Adam East

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Jason Sloan - 2015-16 Canberra Cavalry

I've lamented in the past that Jason Sloan is just of those players that it's difficult to get a good shot of - I have lots of photos of him, but they just never seem to turn out very good because. Sloan returned to the Canberra Cavalry in the 2015-16 ABL season, his fourth in the ABL. He was able to join his younger brother Aaron whom he convinced to rejoin the Cavalry roster for 2015-16.

2015-16 Canberra Cavalry Jason Sloan card front - ©2016 Adam East

Monday, September 19, 2016

Joshua Strong - 2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox

After making his debut last season, Strong returned for his second ABL season with the Sydney Blue Sox in 2015-16, moving into the starting lineup for the Blue Sox.

2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox Joshua Strong ©2016 Adam East

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Sam Kennelly - 2015-16 Perth Heat

The baby Kennelly brother returned for his fourth ABL season with the Perth Heat during the 2015-16 ABL season. He spent 2015 playing rookie level ball for Pittsburgh's Gulf Coast League team.

2015-16 Perth Heat Sam Kennelly card front - ©2016 Adam East

Monday, September 12, 2016

Steven Chambers - 2015-16 Adelaide Bite

Chambers is becoming one of the journeyman of the Australian Baseball League. The 2015-16 ABL season was his sixth in the ABL, but his first with the Adelaide Bite. Chambers had spent the first 3 and a half seasons with Brisbane before moving to the Canberra roster. He returned to Brisbane the following season before once again transferring, this time to Adelaide.

2015-16 Adelaide Bite Steven Chambers card front - ©2016 Adam East

Friday, September 9, 2016

Brandon Zywicki - 2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox

I had originally assumed that because Zywicki was carrying around the Disney Frozen backpack usually assigned to the junior rookies on the team, I thought he was a local Sydney boy, however it appears that he was born in the USA. Turns out that the backpack is actually assigned to the youngest bullpen pitcher. Zywicki's time with the Sydney Blue Sox during the 2015-16 ABL season was his first in the ABL.

In 2015 Zywicki played for the Okotoks Dawgs in the Western Major Baseball League, a collegiate summer league in Canada, whilst studying at the Missouri Baptist University.

2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox Brandon Zywicki card front - ©2016 Adam East

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Anthony Caronia - 2015-16 Perth Heat

Caronia is an American import from the Baltimore Orioles organisation who played with the Perth Heat during the 2015-16 ABL season. In 2015 Caronia spent most of his time with the High A level Frederick Keys in the Carolina League as well as a short stint with the Norfolk Tides, the Orioles Triple A affiliate.

2015-16 Perth Heat Anthony Caronia card front - ©2016 Adam East

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Jeremy Young - 2015-16 Melbourne Aces

Young is a local relief pitcher who played with the Melbourne Aces during the 2015-16 ABL season. He was a member of the Aces development squad, making his ABL debut with Aces during the 2014-15 season.
2015-16 Melbourne Aces Jeremy Young card front - ©2016 Adam East

Friday, August 12, 2016

Jack Murphy - 2015-16 Canberra Cavalry

American import and Cavalry fan favorite Murphy returned for his fourth season with the Canberra Cavalry in the 2015-16 ABL season. Murphy's participation wasn't originally sure as he was traded from Toronto to the LA Dodgers in September, only about 6 weeks before the start of the ABL season. Murphy had spent 2015 with New Hampshite Fisher Cats, the Blue Jays' double A affiliate in the Eastern League. In 2016 he's been playing with the Dodgers' triple A affiliate, the Oklahoma City Dodgers.

2015-16 Canberra Cavalry Jack Murphy card front - ©2016 Adam East

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

James Albury - 2015-16 Brisbane Bandits

Albury returned to the Brisbane Bandits lineup for a single game during the 2015-16 ABL season, his first game for nearly two years. I've been unable to find out why the large gap between appearances, whether it was due to form, injury, or roster space, but whatever the cause, Albury still seems to be on the Bandits radar, making several trips with the team, even if only appearing once.

2015-16 Brisbane Bandits James Albury card front - ©2016 Adam East

Monday, July 25, 2016

Dallas Gallant - 2015-16 Adelaide Bite

Gallant was an American import from the Texas Rangers minor league organisation who played with the Adelaide Bite during the 2015-16 ABL season. Gallant had previously spent 5 years in the Minnesota Twins organisation before being released by the Twins and signed by the Rangers. Gallant last played with the Rangers' advanced A affiliate, the High Desert Mavericks in late 2015 before coming out to the Bite, however he voluntarily retired from affiliated ball on his return back to the USA in 2016.

2015-16 Adalaide Bite Dallas Gallant card front - ©2016 Adam East

Friday, July 22, 2016

Joshua Dean - 2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox

Dean returned for his fifth season with the Sydney Blue Sox during the 2015-16 ABL season. Dean has become as famous for his beard as ex-Blue Sox player Matthew Williams was. I had shots from two series that Dean played in - one early in the season and one late in the season ... I figure he must have a "no shave during the season" rule as it grew remarkably during that period. I was tempted to have two shots to enable a comparison, however I couldn't go past the "pirate sneer" look he gave after striking out in one of the late season games.


2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox Joshua Dean card front - ©2016 Adam East

2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox Joshu Dean alternate card front - ©2016 Adam East

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Daniel Schmidt - 2015-16 Perth Heat

Schmidt continued as a member of the Perth Heat starting rotation during the 2015-16 ABL season, his sixth season in the ABL.

2015-16 Perth Heat Daniel Schmidt card front - ©2016 Adam East

Monday, July 18, 2016

Darryl George - 2015-16 Melbourne Aces

George returned for his fifth season with the Melbourne Aces during the 2015-16 ABL season.

2015-16 Melbourne Aces Darryl George card front - ©2016 Adam East