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

Monday, February 6, 2017

Craig Anderson - 2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox

Seeing as last seasons's image of Anderson was of him wandering through the crowd, it's only fitting that the first Sydney Blue Sox card for the 2016-17 ABL season is an action shot of Anderson. This was Anderson's seventh season with the Sydney Blue Sox.

2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox Craig Anderson card front - ©2017 Adam East

After having seen the other photos I'd taken in previous years and used for Anderson's card, I couldn't help but also do an alternate card image to keep the theme going ... I presume you can see the pattern :)

2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox Craig Anderson alternate card front - ©2017 Adam East

2014-15 Sydney Blue Sox Craig Anderson card front - ©2015 Adam East

2013-14 Sydney Blue Sox Craig Anderson card front - ©2014 Adam East

Friday, February 3, 2017

Allan de San Miguel - 2016-17 Melbourne Aces

Perth Heat veteran de San Miguel made the move from Perth to Melbourne for personal reasons in 2016 and subsequently became a member of the Melbourne Aces team for the 2016-17 ABL season. During 2016, "desan" also spent time in the Kansas City Royals farm system, playing with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals and the Omaha Storm Chasers, the Royals double and triple A affiliates respectively.

2016-17 Melbourne Aces Allan de San Miguel card front - ©2017 Adam East

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Lee Sosa - 2016-17 Canberra Cavalry

Sosa is an American import who played with the Canberra Cavalry during the 2016-17 ABL season. Sosa spent 4 years in the Oakland Athletics farm system between 2012 and 2015, before spending 2016 playing for the New Jersey Jackals in the independent Canadian-American Association.

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Lee Sosa card front - ©2017 Adam East

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Lee Sosa alternate card front - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, January 30, 2017

Trent Oeltjen - 2016-17 Brisbane Bandits

I don't know what happened at the Sydney Blue Sox during the previous couple of ABL seasons, but there certainly seemed to be a mini-exodus of established Blue Sox players who have fitted in nicely with other ABL teams. One of these was former MLB player Trent Oeltjen, who made his way onto the Brisbane Bandits roster for the 2016-17 ABL season, having previously played on and off for the Blue Sox since the 2010-11 ABL season.

2016-17 Brisbane Bandits Trent Oeltjen card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, January 27, 2017

Steve Chambers - 2016-17 Adelaide Bite

Well, as the 2016-17 ABL season is just about to wrap up, I've only just started to look at  my design for the 2016-17 season. In the end I've settled for a full bleed design with a "paint splash" banner. I did play around with some textures around and in the paint silhouette, but decided that I liked it flat and simple.

My first card for the 2016-17 season is Adelaide Bite player Steve Chambers. Chambers returned for his seventh ABL season in 2016-17, his second with the Adelaide Bite.



Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Robbie Perkins - 2015-16 Canberra Cavalry

Perkins returned for his fourth ABL season with the Canberra Cavalry in 2015-16. In 2015 he spent time with the Colorado Rockies single A affiliate the Asheville Tourists.

2015-16 Canberra Cavalry Robbie Perkins card front - ©2016 Adam East

2015-16 Canberra Cavalry Robbie Perkins alternate card front - ©2016 Adam East

Monday, January 23, 2017

Michael Quesada - 2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox

Quesada was an American import from the Minnesota Twins organisation who played with the Sydney Blue Sox during the 2015-16 ABL season. He had spent 2015 playing for the Fort Myers Miracle, the Twins' Advanced A affiliate in the Florida State league. Unfortunately for Michael, he was released by the Twins during his time Down Under, and has subsequently turned to coaching.

2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox Michael Quesada card front - ©2016 Adam East

2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox Michael Quesada alternate card front - ©2016 Adam East