Friday, August 17, 2018

Tyler Herr - 2017-18 Canberra Cavalry

American import Herr returned for his third ABL season and his second with Canberra during the 2017-18 ABL season. In between his Canberra stints eh spent 2017 playing for the Salina Stockade in the independent American Association.

2017-18 Canberra Cavalry Tyler Herr card front - ©2018 Adam East

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

TJ Bennett - 2017-18 Brisbane Bandits

American import Bennett returned for his third season with the Brisbane Bandits during the 2017-18 ABL season. Having been signed by the San Francisco Giants after his first ABL season, he spent 2017 playing between their Advanced, Double and Triple A affiliates. In 2018 he played for their Rookie, Single A and Double A teams before being released.

Just a side note: The ABL and MiLB websites list Bennett as being born in Lethbridge, ON, Canada, whilst I had previously listed him as being American. A quick check online doesn't resolve the situation. Some sites say he was born in Mesa, Arizona. His Facebook profile says he's from Mesa, so I'm going with him being American, not Canadian.

2017-18 Brisbane Bandits TJ Bennett card front - ©2018 Adam East

2017-18 Brisbane Bandits TJ Bennett alternate card front - ©2018 Adam East

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Nathan Van Der Linden - 2017-18 Adelaide Bite

Local player Van Der Linden returned for his fourth ABL season with the Adelaide Bite during the 2017-18 ABL season.

2017-18 Adelaide Bite Nathan Van Der Linden card front - ©2018 Adam East

Monday, August 13, 2018

Connor MacDonald - 2017-18 Sydney Blue Sox

After five seasons with the Bandits, Brisbane native MacDonald made the move to the Sydney Blue Sox for the 2017-18 ABL season. Unfortunately for MacDonald he was released from the Houston Astros organisation in July 2017 after spending four years in their farm system.

2017-18 Sydney Blue Sox Connor MacDonald card front - ©2018 Adam East

Friday, August 10, 2018

Jake Fraley - 2017-18 Perth Heat

Fraley is an American import from the Tampa Bay Rays organisation who played witht he Perth Heat during the 2017-18 ABL season. It was a successful stint for Fraley, setting ABL season records for Runs Scored and Stolen Bases before winning the League MVP Award. In 2017 and 2018 he has spent time playing with the Charlotte Stone Crabs in the Advanced A level Florida State League.


2017-18 Perth Heat Jake Fraley card front - ©2018 Adam East

2017-18 Perth Heat Jake Fraley card front - ©2018 Adam East

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Mark Hamburger - 2017-18 Melbourne Aces

Former MLB player and American import Hamburger returned for his second season in the ABL and with Melbourne during the 2017-18 ABL season. In between his ABL stints in 2017 he played for the St Paul Saints in the independent American Association as well as a single game for the Somerset Patriots in the independent Atlantic League.

2017-18 Melbourne Aces Mark Hamburger card front - ©2018 Adam East

2017-18 Melbourne Aces Mark Hamburger alternate card front - ©2018 Adam East

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Dan Lietz - 2017-18 Canberra Cavalry

Lietz was an American import from the Toronto Blue Jays organisation who played with the Canberra Cavalry during the 2017-18 ABl season. In 2017 he played fro the single A Dunedin Blue Jays and Advanced A level Lansing Lugnuts. After his stint Down Under Leitz was released by Toronto in March 2018 before being signed in May by the Atlanta Braves organisation where he commenced playing for their advanced A and AA affiliates.

2017-18 Canberra Cavalry Dan Lietz card front - ©2018 Adam East

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Daniel Nilsson - 2017-18 Brisbane Bandits

Daniel changed his role at the Bandits in the 2017-18 ABL season, having played as a pitcher in his previous seasons with the Bandits and Bite. This season he spent most of his gametime in the outfield.

2017-18 Brisbane Bandits Daniel Nilsson card front - ©2018 Adam East

Monday, July 16, 2018

Tai Shan Chang (張泰山) - 2017-18 Adelaide Bite

Chang is a Taiwanese import who played with the Adelaide Bite during the 2017-18 ABL season. Chang is a legend back in Taiwan, holding the record for home runs and hits in the CPBL in his 20 year (1996-2015) career. He played for the Tokushima Indigo Socks of the independent Shikoku Island League in Japan in 2016 before signing with Adelaide for the ABL season.


2017-18 Adelaide Bite Tai-shan Chang card front - ©2018 Adam East

2017-18 Adelaide Bite Tai-shan Chang card front - ©2018 Adam East

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Gavin Fingleson - 2017-18 Sydney Blue Sox

Fingleson is a veteran Australian player who came out of retirement at the age of 41 to make his debut in the current ABL with the Sydney Blue Sox during the 2017-18 ABL season. He debuted in the original incarnation of the ABL back in the 1994-95 season, playing with the Canberra Bushrangers. He would end up playing 80 games with 3 clubs across the original ABL and IBLA between 1995 and 2001. He would also play 4 seasons of independent baseball in the USA between 1999 and 2004.

Fingleson was originally born in South Africa but moved to Australia when 11 years old. He was a member of Australia's 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist winning team and has represented Australia in our Baseball World Cup and World baseball Classic teams.

2017-18 Sydney Blue Sox Gavin Fingleson card front - ©2018 Adam East

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Matt Dixon - 2017-18 Perth Heat

Dixon returned to the Perth Heat for his sixth season season during the 2017-18 ABL season.

2017-18 Perth Heat Matt Dixon card front - ©2018 Adam East

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Allan de San Miguel - 2017-18 Melbourne Aces

Following his move from Perth to the Aces the previous season, "Desan" returned in 2017-18 to Melbourne for his second season there, and his eighth overall in the ABL. He hasn't looked as happy when he's been in a Melbourne uniform - a Heat uniform suits him much better :)

2017-18 Melbourne Aces Allan de San Miguel card front - ©2018 Adam East

Friday, July 6, 2018

Frank Gailey - 2017-18 Canberra Cavalry

Gailey is an American import who played with the Canberra Cavalry during the 2017-18 ABL season,. He spent eight years in the minor leagues between 2007 and 2014, splitting time between the Toronto, Philadelphia and Oakland organisations. Since 2015 he's been playing with the York Revolution in the independent Atlantic League.

2017-18 Canberra Cavalry Frank Gailey card front - ©2018 Adam East

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Connor Panas - 2017-18 Canberra Cavalry

Panas is a Canadian import from the Toronto Blue Jays organisation who played with the Canberra Cavalry during the 2017-18 ABL season, In 2017 he played with the Dunedin Blue Jays, Toronto's advanced A affiliate in the Florida State League. In 2018 he has moved up to the double A level New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

2017-18 Canberra Cavalry Connor Panas card front - ©2018 Adam East
2017-18 Canberra Cavalry Connor Panas card front - ©2018 Adam East

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

David Sutherland - 2017-18 Brisbane Bandits

One of Brisbane's local veterans, Sutherland returned for his eighth ABL season with the Brisbane Bandits during the 2017-18 ABL season.

2017-18 Brisbane Bandits David Sutherland card front ©2018 Adam East