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