Friday, December 19, 2014

Rocky Gale - 2014-15 Adelaide Bite

Besides being a baseballer with a funky sounding name, Gale is an American import from the San Diego Padres organisation playing with the Adelaide Bite during the 2014-15 ABL season. Gale is one of the more experienced imports playing in the ABL this season, having spent 2014 playing for the El Paso Chihuahuas of the Triple-A level Pacific Coast League.

2014-15 Adelaide Bite Rocky Gale card front - ©2014 Adam East

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Steve Landell - 2014-15 Sydeny Blue Sox

Landell is an American import who is playing with the Sydney Blue Sox during the 2014-15 ABL season. Landell had previously played for the Southern Connecticut State University before signing with the Normal Cornbelters of the independent Frontier League in 2014. Not sure what happened, but despite the signing it appears he didn't end up debuting with the Cornbelters, so the ABL represents his professional debut.

2014-15 Sydney Blue Sox Steve Landell card front - © 2014 Adam East

Monday, December 15, 2014

Josh Hendricks - 2014-15 Melbourne Aces

Melbourne were in town last week, so I now have some card designs for this years' Aces players that I can add to the blog. First up is local Victorian Josh Hendricks. Hendricks is returning for his fourth season with Melbourne in 2014-15, after having missed the 2013-14 ABL season.

2014-15 Melbourne Aces Josh Hendricks card front - ©2014 Adam East

Friday, December 12, 2014

Jake Brown - 2014-15 Canberra Cavalry

Brown is an American import playing for the Canberra Cavalry during the 2014-15 ABl season. Brown  spent four seasons (2010-2013) in the Oakland Athletics farm system, reaching double A level. In 2014 he played for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in the independent Atlantic League.

Since the ABL has effectively stopped scheduling doubleheader games I've struggled to get decent photos of relievers. They're always in the game in lowlight conditions at the end of the evening and my equipment is too slow to capture decent shots in the dark. This is the best I could do for Brown



2014-15 Canberra Cavalry Jake Brown card front - ©2014 Adam East

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Josh Tols - 2014-15 Adelaide Bite


Local Adelaide born Tols is a relatively new face with the Adelaide Bite. The 2014-15 ABL season is his second season with Adelaide, however his first season was back in 2010-11, the inaugural ABL season, during which Tols pitched in just a single game for the Bite.

Tols had played for Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO between 2012 and 2014. After graduating, he spent the rest of 2014 playing in the independent Pecos League - first with the Las Vegas Train Robbers, following which he was traded to the Trinidad Triggers.


2014-15 Adelaide Bite Josh Tols card front - ©2014 Adam East

Monday, December 8, 2014

Matthew Rae - 2014-15 Sydney Blue Sox

Rae has returned for his fourth season with the Sydney Blue Sox during the 2014-15 ABL season. It's been a bit of a rough start to the season for Rae, after 5 games he boasts an ERA of 37.80, having given up 8 runs in only 1.2 completed innings of gametime.



2014-15 Sydney Blue Sox Matthew Rae - ©2014 Adam East

Friday, December 5, 2014

Sydney Checklist - 2013-14 Sydney Blue Sox

Finally. My last card design to be posted up from the 2013-14 ABL season, and it's the checklist for the Sydney Blue Sox. The rest of my upcoming posts are all going to be card designs from the 2014-15 ABl season which is currently underway.


2013-14 Sydney Blue Sox Checklist card - ©2014 Adam East

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Adam Silva - 2014-15 Canberra Cavalry

Victorian youngster Silva is a member of the New York Yankees organisation. He has been on the cusp of selection with the Melbourne Aces over the last couple of summers but was unable to secure a debut in the ABL with them. He took his chances  in the inaugural ABL Australian Draft held earlier this year and was drafted by the Canberra Cavalry for the 2014-15 ABL season.

Recovering from injury, Silva played a handful of games for the Yankees in 2014, firstly for the Rookie level Gulf Coast League Yankees, and then a single game with the Dominican Summer League Yankees. He's since made his ABL debut with Canberra.


2014-15 Canberra Cavalry Adam Silva card front - ©2014

Monday, December 1, 2014

Chan Moon - 2014-15 Adelaide Bite

Chan Jong Moon is a Korean who is a part of the Houston Astros organisation. He is playing for the Adelaide Bite during the 2014-15 ABL season. In 2014 Moon split time between the Single A Quad Cities River Bandits and the High A Lancaster JetHawks.

2014-15 Adelaide Bite Chan Moon card front - ©2014 Adam East

Friday, November 28, 2014

Perth Checklist - 2013-14 Perth Heat


Here' the second last of my checklists from last year's card designs - the 2013-14 Pertrh Heat checklist.


2013-14 Perth Heat Checklist card - ©2014 Adam East





Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Trent Oeltjen - 2014-15 Sydney Blue Sox

Mr Smiley is back. I've never seen a player who smiles as much as Oeltjen ... it would be nice if more people were like that :)

Former Aussie MLB player Oeltjen is back with the Sydney Blue Sox for the 2014-15 ABL season, his 3rd in the ABL. He spent 2014 in two short stints - one with the Toros de Tijuana in the Mexican League, followed by a couple of months with the Reno Aces, the Arizona Diamondbacks Triple-A level affiliate.

2014-15 Sydney Blue Sox Trent Oeltjen card front - ©2014 Adam East

Monday, November 24, 2014

Tim Atherton - 2014-15 Canberra Cavalry

Off-season movement saw NSW born Atherton leave the Blue Sox and return to the Canberra Cavalry for the 2014-15 ABL season. Atheron had originally debuted with the Cavalry, playing with them during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 ABL seasons, before leaving for Sydney.

Atherton also went from playing for the Minnesota Twins organisation over to the Oakland Athletics via the Rule 5 Draft at the end of 2013. He mainly spent 2014 playing for the Athletics' High A affiliate, the Stockton Ports, with a single (disastrous) start for the Triple-A level Sacramento River Cats as well. (Atherton lasted a single inning, giving up 6 runs).


2014-15 Canberra Cavalry Tim Atherton card front - ©2014 Adam East

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