Friday, November 21, 2014

Melbourne Checklist - 2013-14 Melbourne Aces

My checklist card for the Melbourne Aces for last season (ie the 2013-14 ABL season).

2013-14 Melbourne Aces Checklist card - ©2014 Adam East



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Will Swanner - 2014-15 Sydney Blue Sox

Swanner is an American import from the Colorado Rockies organisation playing with the Sydney Blue Sox for the 2014-15 ABL season. Swanner started 2014 with the High-A level Modesto Nuts in the California League before moving up to the Tulsa Drillers in the Double-A Texas League.

There were a number of photo choices I had for Swanner. This was my initial take on the card, but decided against it as the shadow/contrast was too high, and the fact that I like to get shots of catchers actually in their catcher's gear.
2014-15 Sydney Blue Sox Will Swanner alternate card front - ©2014 Adam East

I eventually settled on this shot for the final card version - in his catcher's gear, but still a clear face shot.

2014-15 Sydney Blue Sox Will Swanner card front - ©2014 Adam East
I do have to admit, I was so tempted to use this shot though - love the expression on Swanner's face. It's juts a shame that Jack Murphy's head is in the way.
2014-15 Sydney Blue Sox Will Swanner alternate card front - ©2014 Adam East






Monday, November 17, 2014

LB Dantzler - 2014-15 Canberra Cavalry


Richard (AKA L.B.) Dantzler is a member of the Toronto Blue Jays organisation, playing as an American import with the Canberra Cavalry for the 2014-15 ABL season. Dantzler spent 2014 split between the Single-A  level Lansing Lugnuts and the High-A level Dunedin Blue Jays.


2014-15 Canberra Cavalry LB Dantzler card front - ©2014 Adam East

Friday, November 14, 2014

Canberra Checklist - 2013-14 Canberra Cavalry

Continuing to round out the images of my checklist cards from last season - here's the largest of the checklists from 2013-14- the Canberra Cavalry.


2013-14 Canberra Cavalry checklist card - ©2014 Adam East

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tyler Bortnick - 2014-15 Sydney Blue Sox

Some hand signals have different meanings ... I don't know what Bortnick was implying to me in this shot, but I know this hand signal as "drama llama" :)

Bortnick is an American import from the Arizona Diamondbacks organisation who is plaing with the Sydney Blue Sox during the 2014-15 ABL season. Bortnick has been playing for the Diamondback's triple-A affiliate - the Reno Aces in the Pacific Coast League - since 2012.

2014-15 Sydney Blue Sox Tyler Bortnick card front - ©2014 Adam East

Monday, November 10, 2014

Alex Hudak - 2014-15 Canberra Cavalry

Here we go, my first formal card for the 2014-15 ABL season, This card features Alex Hudak, an American import playing with the Canberra Cavalry for the 2014-15 ABL season. Hudak spent two seasons (2012-2013) playing in the Kansas City Royals system before being released. He spent 2014 playing for the Camden Riversharks in the independent Atlantic League.

2014-15 Canberra Cavalry Alex Hudak card front - © 2014 Adam East

Friday, November 7, 2014

Brisbane Checklist - 2013-14 Brisbane Bandits

Hoping to get out to my first game of the season tonight, which means my first 2014-15 season cards should be up next week. In the meantime, here's my Brisbane Bandits checklist for last season's cards.

2013-14 Brisbane Bandits Checklist card - © 2014 Adam East

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Adelaide Checklist - 2013-14 Adelaide Bite

As I finalise my last lot of card designs from the 2013-14 ABL season for the printers, I realised that I hadn't made checklist cards yet. I ended up deciding on making 3 cards for the checklist, with one card face for each team.

Here's the checklist for the Adelaide Bite.

2013-14 Adelaide Bite checklist card front - © 2014 Adam East

Monday, November 3, 2014

Halloween False Start - Marcus Lemon - 2014-15 Pre-season Canberra Cavalry

Well, the Canberra Cavalry advertised an exhibition game last Saturday with a Halloween theme - their only pres-season game of the year before their first game on Thursday. I dutifully rocked up with my trusty camera to get a bunch of photos of all the new Cavalry players. I figured it would be good to get as many of the Cavalry players as I could - I could then focus on taking shots of the visiting players throughout the season. Plus, I thought, with two teams made up Cavalry players, I was bound to get shots of most of the Cavalry roster.

However, as they say about the best laid plans ....

To go with the Halloween theme, the players weren't in uniform, they were in various states of costume. Mixed into the playing group were what were being called "local celebrities" - sportsmen from other Canberran teams, media personalities, etc. There was no program or handout for the game either, and the enw players haven't been assigned numbers yet that we know of.

The upshot of this was, I had almost no idea of who on the field was actually a Cavalry player. In fact I had almost no way of knowing who anyone was. The ground announcer did try and do intros to the teams (The Vampires and the Werewolves), but they were difficult to follow, and the players didn't actually present to the crowd when they were introduced. The players didn't play in position either (eg Catcher Jack Murphy pitched and played outfield)

So in the end, I got nothing I can use for my season photos. I will put up a couple of shots I took as "pre-season cards" of a few players I was able to identify. The first "pres-season card" is of Marcus Lemon, dressed in a hula grass skirt with a lei wristband.

Marcus Lemon is the son of former MLB All Star Chet Lemon. In 2014, Marcus played for both the Double and Triple-A minor league teams of the Detroit Tigers. I'm unsure as to whethr he's still contracted to the Tigers or not though. The Cavalry listed him as an American import, not as an affiliated player in their pre-season blurb. Having said that, I couldn't find anything saying that the Tigers had released Marcus. He's listed as number 00 as I have no idea of player numbers yet.

2014-15 Canberra Cavalry Marcus Lemon pre-season card front - ©2014 Adam East

Friday, October 31, 2014

2014-15 Australian Baseball League - MLB Prospects and Imports - Final Update

OK, the 2014-15 Australian Baseball League season started last night. Here's my final update of the import players on the rosters of the Australian Baseball league teams as of Opening Day of the  2014-15 ABL season. As always, there may be one or two imports I've missed, and rosters will change throughout the season.

New additions since the last post are in red. Details of 19 imports added since last update.




Adelaide Bite
MLB Affiliated import players
  • Houston Astros: Tyler Brunnemann P (2014: A/A+)
  • Houston Astros: Chan Moon SS (2014: A/A+)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: Brandon Dixon 2B (2014: Rk/A+)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: Kyle Hooper P (2014: A)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: Aaron Miller RF (2014: A+)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: Craig Stem P (2014: A+/AA)
  • San Diego Padres: Rocky Gale C (2014: AAA)
  • Seattle Mariners: Will Mathis P (2014: A+)
  • Seattle Mariners: Troy Scott P (2014: Rk/A-)
Independent import players
  • Morgan Coombs P (2014: Ind - American Association)
  • Colin Feldtman P (2014: Collegiate - University of Portland)
  • Craig Maddox 1B/C (2014: American association)
  • Tony Vocca P (2014: Collegiate - University of Minnesota)


Brisbane Bandits
MLB Affiliated import players
  • Chicago White Sox: CJ Beatty OF (2014: A+)
  • Tampa Bay Rays: Tommy Coyle 2B (2014: A+)
  • Tampa Bay Rays: Johnny Field CF (2014: A/A+)
  • Tampa Bay Rays: Granden Goetzman LF (2014: A/A+)
  • Tampa Bay Rays: Maxx Tissenbaum C (2014:
Independent import players
  • Daniel Cooper P (2014: ???)
  • Jason Jarvis P (2014: Ind - American Association)
  • Jaspreet Shergill P (2014: Ind - Intercounty Baseball League)
  • Justin Staatz P (2014: ???)

Canberra Cavalry
MLB Affiliated import players
  • Detroit Tigers: Marcus Lemon SS (2014: AA/AAA)
  • Philadelphia Phillies: Mitch Walding 3B (2014: A)
  • Toronto Blue Jays: Anthony Alford OF (2014: Rk/A)
  • Toronto Blue Jays: LB Dantzler 1B (2014: A/A+)
  • Toronto Blue Jays: Christian Lopes 2B (2014: A+)
  • Toronto Blue Jays: Jack Murphy C (2014: AA/AAA)
Independent import players
  • Jake Brown P (2014: Ind - Atlantic League)
  • Dustin Crenshaw P (2014: Ind - American Association)
  • Brian Grening P (2014: Ind - Atlantic League)
  • Gaby Hernandez P (2014: Ind - Atlantic League)
  • AJ Holland P (2014: A; Ind- Frontier League)
  • Alex Hudak U (2014: Ind - Atlantic League
  • Ian Marshall P (2014: Ind - Atlantic League)

Melbourne Aces: 
MLB Affiliated import players
  • Chicago White Sox: Nick Blount P (2014: Rk/A+)
  • Chicago White Sox: Adam Engel CF (2014: A/A+)
  • Chicago White Sox: Terance Marin P (2014: A+/AA)
  • Milwaukee Brewers: Kyle Heckathorn P (2014: AAA)
  • Philadelphia Phillies: Dylan Cozens OF (2014:A)
  • Philadelphia Phillies: Chace Numata C (2014: Rk)
  • Texas Rangers: Cody Buckel P (2014: A+)
  • Texas Rangers: Kellin Deglan C (2014: A/A+)
Independent import players
  • Ben Henry P (2014: ???)
  • Mitch Glasser (2014: Ind - Atlantic League; Mexican League)

Perth Heat
MLB Affiliated import players
  • Baltimore Orioles: Steel Russell C (2014: A+)
  • Boston Red Sox: Michael McCarthy P (2014: AA/AAA)
  • Colorado Rockies: Joey Wong SS (2014: AA)
  • Philadelphia Phillies: Brian Pointer OF (2014: A+)
Independent import players
  • Brian Baker P (2014: Ind - Atlantic League; Mexican League)
  • Alex Burkard P (2014: Ind - Canadian-American Association)
  • Jorge Marban P (2014: Ind - Frontier League; Atlantic League) 
  • Shawn Sanford (2014: Ind - Canadian-American Association)
  • Tim Smith LF/1B (2014: Ind - Canadian-American Association)

Sydney Blue Sox: 
MLB Affiliated import players:
  • Arizona Diamondbacks: Tyler Bortnick SS/2B/3B (2014: AAA)
  • Arizona Diamondbacks: Alex Glenn OF (2014:A+)
  • Arizona Diamondbacks: Markus Solbach P (2014: Rk/A-/A)
  • Colorado Rockies: Will Swanner 1B/DH (2014: A+/AA)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Canberra Cavalry Use One of My Card Photos

Spotted the following item on Facebook in a post by the Canberra Cavalry, advertising their Australian players for the season about to start.

Canberra Cavalry's Facebook page.

They obviously had issues getting photos of some of the players, as many of the photos aren't the best quality. I couldn't help but noticing that the photo of Aaron Thompson, who transferred to the Cavalry mid-season from Brisbane, just happens to be my card of him in Cavalry uniform from late last season, as shown below.
2013-14 Canberra Cavalry Aaron Thompson card front - © 2014 Adam East

That means Adelaide, Perth and Canberra have all used my photos on Facebook, and NSW Baseball have had one on their site. I guess I'm just waiting on Melbourne and Brisbane to use one of my photos now :)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Updating the Aussie Player Lists

I've updated the list of Australian sportsmen in MLB, the NFL, NBA and WNBA on the respective blog pages.

It's been a fairly lean time on the baseball scene. Since Australia's 31st MLB player, Liam Hendriks, made his MLB debut in September 2011, there have been a further eight ABL alumni who have made MLB debuts ... and not one of them has been Australian.

The NFL has also been fairly light on, with the ranks of the Aussies on the gridiron thinning out to just two - and of those, Jessie Williams looks to be out for the season again with another knee injury.

On the flip side, it looks like the NBA season will start with 6 Aussies on team rosters, and another three who just missed the cut.

And Nathan Walker was the first ever Aussie drafted into the NHL earlier this year, veen if he's yet to play a a game.

Here's hoping that the Aussie MLB pipeline kicks into gear next season.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

No Official Cards for the 2014-15 ABL Season???

In a worrying sign, I haven't heard anything about official baseball cards for the 2014-15 Australian Baseball League yet. Dingo produced cards for the 2013-14 ABL season, and the official announcement with details didn't come about until Oct 30th 2013 - right before the season started. There had however been teaser information and adverts online from around late August 2013.

Here we are in mid Oct 2014 and there's been nothing mentioned about cards for the 2014-15 ABL season at all. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada.

I emailed the graphic designer who worked on last year's cards and asked if he knew anything. He said that he didn't know what was happening between Dingo and the ABL, so it looks like he hasn't been engaged to do any card designs for this season.

I'll keep an eye out, but it doesn't look promising.

Monday, October 20, 2014

2014-15 Australian Baseball League - MLB Prospects and Imports - Update 2

Further updates to the list of imports coming Down Under for the 2014-15 Australian Baseball League season. Pretty sure all of the affiliated players are locked in, and it's mainly just independent players being added to finalise rosters. Main exception is the Perth Heat - I haven't seen any roster information for the Heat yet. I have added the names of 3 imports that I identified as Heat players in a pre-season game, so I'm assuming that they're on the roster for the season. This included Joey Wong, an import who played for Perth last season as well.

New additions since the last post are in red. Details of 11 imports added since last update.

Below is a summary of information about the import players I know so far coming to Australia for the 2014-15 Australian Baseball League season. I'll post updated versions of this list as roster announcements are finalised over the coming weeks. [Final Update: 31st Oct]



Adelaide Bite
MLB Affiliated import players
  • Houston Astros: Tyler Brunnemann P (2014: A/A+)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: Kyle Hooper P (2014: A)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: Aaron Miller RF (2014: A+)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: Craig Stem P (2014: A+/AA)
  • San Diego Padres: Rocky Gale C (2014: AAA)
  • Seattle Mariners: Will Mathis P (2014: A+)
  • Seattle Mariners: Troy Scott P (2014: Rk/A-)
Independent import players
  • Morgan Coombs P (2014: Ind - American Association)
  • Colin Feldtman P  (2014: Collegiate - University of Portland)
  • Craig Maddox 1B/C (2014: American association)
  • Tony Vocca P (2014: Collegiate - University of Minnesota)


Brisbane Bandits
MLB Affiliated import players
  • Tampa Bay Rays: Tommy Coyle 2B (2014:
  • Tampa Bay Rays: Johnny Field CF (2014:
  • Tampa Bay Rays: Granden Goetzman LF (2014:
  • Tampa Bay Rays: Maxx Tissenbaum C (2014:

Canberra Cavalry
MLB Affiliated import players
  • Detroit Tigers: Marcus Lemon SS (2014: AA/AAA)
  • Philadelphia Phillies: Mitch Walding 3B (2014: A)
  • Toronto Blue Jays: Anthony Alford OF (2014: Rk/A)
  • Toronto Blue Jays: LB Dantzler 1B (2014: A/A+)
  • Toronto Blue Jays: Christian Lopes 2B (2014: A+)
  • Toronto Blue Jays: Jack Murphy C (2014: AA/AAA)
Independent import players
  • Jake Brown P (2014: Ind - Atlantic League)
  • Dustin Crenshaw P (2014: Ind - American Association)
  • Brian Grening P (2014: Ind - Atlantic League)
  • Gaby Hernandez P (2014: Ind - Atlantic League)
  • Ian Marshall P (2014: Ind - Atlantic League)

Melbourne Aces: 
MLB Affiliated import players
  • Chicago White Sox: Terance Marin P (2014: A+/AA)
  • Milwaukee Brewers: Kyle Heckathorn P (2014: AAA)
  • Philadelphia Phillies: Dylan Cozens OF (2014:A)
  • Philadelphia Phillies: Chace Numata C (2014: Rk)
  • Texas Rangers: Cody Buckel P (2014: A+)
  • Texas Rangers: Kellin Deglan C (2014: A/A+)

Perth Heat
MLB Affiliated import players
  • Baltimore Orioles: Steel Russell C (2014: A+)
  • Colorado Rockies: Joey Wong SS (2014: AA)
  • Philadelphia Phillies: Brian Pointer OF (2014: A+)
Independent import players
  • TBA

Sydney Blue Sox: 
MLB Affiliated import players:
  • Arizona Diamondbacks: Tyler Bortnick SS/2B/3B (2014: AAA)
  • Arizona Diamondbacks: Alex Glenn OF (2014:A+)
  • Arizona Diamondbacks: Markus Solbach P (2014: Rk/A-/A)
  • Colorado Rockies: Will Swanner 1B/DH (2014: A+/AA)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Base 2014-15 Concept Card Designs - Take 2

Developing my original theme, I removed out the team wording to just leave the team logo, and changed the position to the player name. I figured that I wanted to still include the player's position and uniform number, and struck on the idea of using "stubs" on the side of the design.


2014-15 Base design concept card version 4a - © 2014 Adam East
 
2014-15 Base design concept card version 4b - © 2014 Adam East

2014-15 Base design concept card version 4c - © 2014 Adam East
I'm still not thoroughly sold on the colored border though. The Blue Sox cards with that border look like the back of a bad early 80's Fleer card.

Back of a 1982 Fleer card
 Here are the same cards with white borders for comparison

2014-15 Base design concept card version 4d - © 2014 Adam East

2014-15 Base design concept card version 4e - © 2014 Adam East

2014-15 Base design concept card version 4f - © 2014 Adam East