Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ben Leslie - 2013-14 Melbourne Aces

Leslie is a Melbourne youngster who played his second season with the Aces in the 2013-14 ABL season. He signed with the San Francisco Giants in 2012 and played with the Giants' Arizona Rookie League team in 2013.

It' not a very good photo, but the best I could do, and my first ever card of Leslie.

2013-14 Melbourne Aces Ben Leslie card front - © 2013 Adam East

Monday, April 14, 2014

Steven Greer - 2013-14 Brisbane Bandits

Greer is a Brisbane born player who spent the 2013-14 ABL season with the Brisbane Bandits. This season was his third in the ABL and was his most successful to date, playing 21 games with a batting average of .324 compared to a combined 18 games  hitting .170 across the previous 2 seasons.

2013-14 Brisbane Bandits Steven Greer card front - © 2013 Adam East

Friday, April 11, 2014

Checklist for my custom 2013-13 ABL Cards

I neglected to post up my Checklist card for last season's cards, so without further ado, here is my 2012-13 ABL card set checklist.

2012-13 Checklist card - front © 2013 Adam East

2012-13 Checklist card - back © 2013 Adam East

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Temporarily Off-Air

I will often write up my blog entries several days beforehand and then schedule them to be posted. Our family is about to head back on it's first family holiday in 5 years to our homeland of Western Australia. Knowing this, I had started writing up and scheduling posts for the three weeks we would be away. I had planned to finalise up all these posts last weekend, however, something got in the way.

I am currently typing this up on my phone whilst lying in a hospital bed. What simply appeared to be a bad nights sleep last Thursday night, and a bad headache on Friday morning turned into a trip to the ER by Sunday morning, and a diagnosis on Tuesday of a very deadly form of septicemia (blood poisoning).

The blog posts remain undone, but I have been blessed to be still alive, and am expected to make an almost full recovery. The doctors are trying to ensure that pending me doing my part by not relapsing, I will be released from hospital the night before we are due to fly out on our holiday. I will need it, even if it will need to be a lot less energetic than originally planned as I continue to recuperate.

The upshot of all this is that most of the blog posts remain unfinished and will remain so until my return from holidays. There still will be a few posts that go up in April, but "normal" activity will resume in early May. There are still plenty more card images to go up, but sometimes it's the little things, like not dying, that get in the way.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Craig Anderson - 2013-14 Sydney Blue Sox

Following his 2012-13 ABL Pitcher of the Year award, Anderson returned to the Blue Sox for his fourth ABL season in 2013-14. Whilst not having the same stellar success as his previous season, he still maintained a 5-4 winning record and an ERA of only 3.12

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

Friday, April 4, 2014

Adam Millson - 2013-14 Perth Heat

Perth pitcher Millson returned for his fourth ABL season with the Heat in the 2013-14 ABL season.

2013-14 Perth Heat Adam Millson card front - © 2013 Adam East

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Brad Harman - 2013-14 Melbourne Aces

The web has had several articles about Aussie former MLB player Harman following his gametime with the Southern Thunder against the Diamondbacks and Dodgers. There's speculation about him being offered a minor league contract. Harman hasn't played affiliated ball since 2009, so it's been a while between drinks. In the meantime, Harman has been playing in the ABL, with his 2013-14 season with the Melbourne Aces his third in the ABL.

2013-14 Melbourne Aces Brad Harman card front - © 2013 Adam East

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Brian Grening - 2013-14 Canberra Cavalry

American import Grening returned for his third season with the Canberra Cavalry during the 2013-14 ABL season. In between the ABL seasons he spent 2013 playing for the Lancaster Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League.

2013-14 Canberra Cavalry Brian Grening card front - © 2013 Adam East

Monday, March 31, 2014

Alex Kaminsky - 2013-14 Brisbane Bandits

Kaminsky is an American import who played with the Brisbane Bandits during the 2013-14 ABL season. Kaminsky spent one season in the Cleveland Indians minors system in 2010, spending the following years playing in independent leagues. In 2013 he played for the Lake Erie Crushers of the Frontier League.

2013-14 Brisbane Bandits Alex Kaminsky card front - © 2013 Adam East

Friday, March 28, 2014

John Cannon - 2013-14 Adelaide Bite

Cannon is an American import from the Los Angeles Dodgers who played with the Adeliade Bite during the 2013-14 ABL season. Cannon spent 2013 with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, the odgers High A affiliate in the California League.

I was happy with this shot in that it was one of the few player shots I got from my trip to Melbourne, even if the contrast on the photo is terrible. Cannon wasn't actually posing for me but he certainly seemed conscious of the camera :)

2013-14 Adelaide Bite John Cannon card front - © 2013 Adam East

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Trent Schmutter - 2013-14 Sydney Blue Sox - Redux

Following his Rookie of the Year award for the inaugural ABL season, Schmutter has had a couple of rough years in the ABL, averaging below .180 with the bat during the following two seasons. Whilst his .239 average for the 2013-14 ABL season won't put him amongst the league leaders, it was certainly a step in the right direction for the young Sydneysider.

This is my second post for Schmutter for 2013-14 - I had a previous design for him in the grey coloured road uniform, but grabbed this shot late in the season of him in the home blue coloured top.

2013-14 Sydney Blue Sox Trent Schmutter card front - © 2014 Adam East

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Allan de San Miguel - 2013-14 Perth Heat

Desan spent 2013 continuing his time in the Baltimore Orioles minors system, playing for Frederick Keys in the high A level Carolina League. He then returned to the Perth Heat for the 2013-14 ABL season - his fourth with the Heat and in the ABL.

2013-14 Perth Heat Allan de San Miguel card front - © 2014 Adam East

Monday, March 24, 2014

Mitch Dening - 2013-14 Sydney Blue Sox

Continuing with the Team Australia (oops, Southern Thunder) theme, Dening crossed the plate during the Australia vs LA Dodgers game last Thursday, becoming the first score against the Dodgers that evening.

Dening has played all four ABL seasons with the Sydney Blue Sox. This is my 2014-14 ABL season card design for him.

2013-14 Sydney Blue Sox Mitch Dening card front - © 2014 Adam East

Friday, March 21, 2014

Tim Kennelly - 2013-14 Perth Heat

In honour of last night's game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Australian National Team at the Sydney Cricket Ground, I thought I'd choose Kennelly as the subject of today's post. Kennelly batted 2-4 for Australia against the Dodgers.

Kennelly returned for his fourth season with the Perth Heat in the 2013-14 ABL season. Tim had been released by the Philadelphia Phillies after having reached Triple-A level with them in 2012. He was signed  by the Texas Rangers who appeared to continue the Phillies experiment to convert him to pitching, however Tim only played 2 games of Rookie Level ball for the Rangers Arizona League affiliate in 2013.

Kennelly always seems to be pulling a face of some type in the photos I take of him. Here are two of the "better" photos I had of him from this last season.

2013-14 Perth Heat Tim Kennelly card front - © 2013 Adam East

2013-14 Perth Heat Tim Kennelly alternate card front - © 2013 Adam East

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Ben Warner - 2013-14 Canberra Cavalry

Warner played his third season with the Canberra Cavalry during the 2013-14 ABL season. He has been a stable part of Canberra's "local contingent" during those three seasons. Despite being on the roster all season, Warner is one of those players who always seems to not play in the games I attend, and when he does, I struggle to get good pictures of him. I managed to get this shot in one of the final games for the season which I was reasonably happy with.

2013-14 Canberra Cavalry Ben Warner card front - © 2014 Adam East