Friday, December 15, 2017

David Kandilas - 2016-17 Canberra Cavalry

Kandilas was formerly a fixture of the Sydney Blue Sox team, having spent 5 seasons with the Blue Sox before moving down to the Canberra Cavalry for the 2016-17 ABL season.

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry David Kandilas card front - ©2017 Adam East

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Kevin Padlo - 2016-17 Brisbane Bandits

Padlo is an American import from the Tampa Bay Rays organisation who played with the Brisbane Bandits during the 2016-17 ABL season. Padlo had previously spent two seasons in the Colorado Rockies farm system before moving over to the Rays and playing for their single A affiliate, the Bowling Green Hot Rods in 2016. In 2017 Padlo has spent time in both the Rays rookie and advanced A level affiliates


2016-17 Brisbane Bandits Kevin Padlo card front - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, December 11, 2017

Mitch Dening - 2016-17 Adelaide Bite

Dening played his sixth ABL season and his second with the Adelaide Bite during the 2016-17 ABL season. Dening missed out on play during 2015-16, instead spending 2015 playing with the Yakult Swallows in Japan's NPB.

2016-17 Adelaide Bite Mitch Dening card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, December 8, 2017

Brodie Cooper-Vassalakis - 2016-17 Canberra Cavalry

Cooper-Vassalakis is a local Canberran youngster who was a part of the Canberra Cavalry development squad during the 2016-17 ABL season. Despite only being 15 years old at the time he made his ABL debut during that season, becoming the ABL's youngest ever player.

Brodie's dad was the ACT Baseball Commissioner responsible for Canberra's bid to join the revamped ABL back in 2010.

For abbreviation's sake Brodie's surname often appears to be shortened to just Vassalakis on the ABL website, however he's more than ready to follow in The Hyphen's tradition should he ever make it to the big leagues.


2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Brodie Cooper-Vassalakis card front - ©2017 Adam East

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Luke Hughes - 2016-17 Perth Heat

Former MLB Player Hughes returned for his seventh  ABL season with the Perth Heat in 2016-17.

2016-17 Perth Heat Luke Hughes card front - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, December 4, 2017

Scott Kelly - 2016-17 Canberra Cavalry

Kelly was an AMerican import who played with the Canberra Cavalry during the 2016-17 ABL season. Kelly had formally spent 3 season playing with the Somerset Patriots in the independent Atlantic League to which he also returned in 2017.


2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Scott Kelly card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, December 1, 2017

Mitch Nilsson - 2016-17 Brisbane Bandits

Nilsson returned for his 7th ABL season with the Brisbane Bandits in 2016-17. He's also started the 2017-18 ABL season fairly hotly, hitting .577 after the first seven games.

2016-17 Brisbane Bandits Mitch Nilsson card front - ©2017 Adam East

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Hei-Chun Lee (이혜천) - 2016-17 Adelaide Bite

Korean baseballing veteran Lee returned for his second season in both the ABL and with the Adelaide Bite during the 2016-17 ABL season. Lee seems to have joined the handful of Korean pitchers who are ending their baseball careers as relievers in the ABL.


2016-17 Adelaide Bite Hei-Chun Lee card front - ©2017 Adam East

2016-17 Adelaide Bite Hei-Chun Lee alternate card front - ©2017 Adam East

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Trevor Foss - 2017-18 Sydney Blue Sox

Foss is an American import who is playing with the Sydney Blue Sox during the 2017-18 ABL season, his second in the ABL. Foss had previously spent 4 years between 2013 and 2016 playing in the Minors with the LA Angels and Cleveland Indians before spending 2016 and 2017 playing for the Washington WildThings in the independent Frontier League.

As my first card featuring a 2017-18 image you can see that the Blue Sox seem to have moved away from their powder blue away tops and are now playing in a black top with the white and blue trim.

2017-18 Sydney Blue Sox Trevor Foss card front - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, November 27, 2017

Michael Campbell - 2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox

Campbell is a local NSW player who made his ABL debut with the Sydney Blue Sox during the 2016-17 ABL season.

2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox Michael Campbell card front - ©2017 Adam East

2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox Michael Campbell alternate card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, November 24, 2017

Mitchell Edwards - 2016-17 Canberra Cavalry

Edwards is a local Canberran youngster who made his ABL debut with the Canberra Cavalry during the 2016-17 ABL season.

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Mitchell Edwards card front - ©2017 Adam East

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Alex Howe - 2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox

Local player Howe returned to the Sydney Blue Sox for his third ABL season in 2016-17.

2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox Alex Howe card front - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, November 20, 2017

Daniel Schmidt - 2016-17 Perth Heat

Perth stalwart Schmidt returned for his seventh ABL season with the Perth Heat during the 2016-17 ABL season.

2016-17 Perth Heat Daniel Schmidt card front -  ©2017 Adam East

Saturday, November 18, 2017

2017-18 ABL Design Concept

The 2017-18 ABL season started this weekend, however the first games here won't occur until next week. I've finally gotten around to producing several design concepts for my 2017-18 Australia Baseball League designs, and have settled on the following:

2017-18 Concept Design using Boss Moanaroa of the Canberra Cavalry - ©2017 Adam East
The above uses my 2016-17 photo of Boss Moanaroa. The logo background and text colouring will change based on the team of the player depicted on the card. My first cards featuring 2017-18 photos probably won't be ready for another week and a half, noting that it's still a week until I'll get to my first game.

2017-18 Concept Design using Shane Keller of the Sydney Blue Sox - ©2017 Adam East

Here's the Sydney Blue Sox version, featuring Shane Kelleher. I haven't actually posted up his 2016-17 version card yet, but it uses the same photo as this. Similar to Moanaroa, I'm using him as a placeholder until I get some actual 2017-18 photos.

I still have a lot of 2016-17 cards to display on the blog like the Shane Kelleher card, so they'll still be the main focus in coming weeks but I'll start slipping in my 2017-18 cards as time goes on and as the number of remaining 2016-17 cards decrease.

Acknowledgements:
Text Font is "All Ages" by KC Fonts
Logo background is a brush created by Lileya Brogu

Friday, November 17, 2017

Roman Collins - 2016-17 Melbourne Aces

Collins is an American import from the Kansas City Royals organisation who played with the Melbourne Aces during the 2016-17ABL season. Collins split time in 2016 between the Lexington Legends and the Wilmington Blue Rocks, the Royals’ single and advanced A level teams respectively. He subsequently spent 2017 playing for Wilmington.

2016-17 Melbourne Aces Roman Collins card front - ©2017 Adam East

2016-17 Melbourne Aces Roman Collins alternate card front - ©2017 Adam East