Monday, January 16, 2017

Matt Kennelly - 2015-16 Perth Heat

Matt returned to the Heat for his sixth ABL season in 2015-16. He spent the 2015 northern summer  playing both double and triple A level ball for the Atlanta Braves affiliates (the Mississippi Braves and Gwinnett Braves respectively) and returned to Mississippi in 2016.

2015-16 Perth Heat Matt Kennelly card front - ©2016 Adam East

Friday, January 13, 2017

Louis Cohen - 2015-16 Canberra Cavalry

Cohen is an American import who played with the Canberra Cavalry during the 2015-16 ABL season. Cohen was originally playing for the Belconnen Bandits as an import in the ACT first grade competition before getting a call up to the Cavalry. He graduated in 2015 from Cal State University Northridge, and went on in 2016 to play in Germany with the Hamburg Stealers.

2015-16 Canberra Cavalry Louis Cohen card front - ©2016 Adam East

2015-16 Canberra Cavalry Louis Cohen alternate card front - ©2016 Adam East

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Trent Baker - 2015-16 Brisbane Bandits

The 2015-16 ABL season was Baker's third and final season in the ABL, pitching for the Brisbane Bandits in 11 games, and starting in six.. Baker had returned to the ABL following an absence since the 2011-12 ABL season. In March 2016, a little more than a month after the Bandits won the Championships series, the ABL announced that Baker had passed away unexpectedly. No details have been given of his passing, with official requests for "the Australian baseball community to join us in offering both their condolences and respect for Trent's family's privacy."

2015-16 Brisbane Bandits Trent Baker card front - ©2016 Adam East

2015-16 Brisbane Bandits Trent Baker alternate card front - ©2016 Adam East

Monday, January 9, 2017

Jordan Cowan - 2015-16 Adelaide Bite

Cowan is an American import from the Seattle Mariners organisation who played with the Adelaide Bite during the 2015-16 ABL season. In 2015 he played mainly with the Everett Aquasox, the Mariners low A affiliate, but also had stints at Advance A and Double A as well. In 2016 it's been back to both the Low and advanced A affiliates, although primarily with the Bakersfield Blaze.

2015-16 Adelaide Bite Jordan Cowan card front - ©2016 Adam East

2015-16 Adelaide Bite Jordan Cowan alternate card front - ©2016 Adam East

Friday, January 6, 2017

Grant Piccoli - 2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox

Piccoli is an Aussie player who made his ABL debut with the Sydney Blue Sox during the 2015-16 ABL season, In 2014 he appeared in a single game for the Western Nebraska Community College. In 2009 he receievd a scholarship to the MLB Australian Academy Program (MLBAAP).

2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox Grant Piccoli card front - ©2016 Adam East

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Scott Mitchinson - 2015-16 Perth Heat

Mitchinson returned fro his fourth ABL season with the Perth Heat during the 2015-16 ABL season. I don't know of the timing but it appears that he has moved from Perth to Melbourne with his physiotherapy work, but is still an active member of the Heat bullpen.

2015-16 Perth Heat Scott Mitchinson card front - ©2016 Adam East

Monday, January 2, 2017

Brad Harman - 2015-16 Melbourne Aces

Former MLB player Harman returned for his fifth straight ABL season for the Melbourne Aces in 2015-16.
2015-16 Melbourne aces Brad Harman card front - ©2016 Adam East

Friday, December 30, 2016

Wade Korpi - 2015-16 Canberra Cavalry

Korpi played with the Canberra Cavalry during the 2015-16 ABL season as an American import. Korpi has five years experience playing in the Florida Marlins organisation between 2008 and 2012, before playing independent ball with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs for the following three years.
2015-16 Canberra Cavalry Wade Korpi card front - ©2016 Adam East

2015-16 Canberra Cavalry Wade Korpi card front - ©2016 Adam East

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Justin Erasmus - 2015-16 Brisbane Bandits

Erasmus played his sixth ABLs eason with the Brisbane Bandits during the 2015-16 ABL season - his fifth with the Bandits.  Erasmus has been fairly active in Europe in the northern summers. In 2015 he played for the Oosterhout Twins in the Dutch Hoofdklasse before moving on to the Munich-Haar Disciples in the German Baseball Bundesliga in 2016.
2015-16 Brisbane Bandits Justin Erasmus card front - ©2016 Adam East

2015-16 Brisbane Bandits Justin Erasmus alternate card front - ©2016 Adam East

Monday, December 26, 2016

Matthew Swilley - 2015-16 Adelaide Bite

Swilley is an American import who played with the Adelaide Bite during the 2015-16 ABL season. Swilley played four seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays between 2009 and 2013. In 2015 he played for the Joplin Blasters in the independent American Association.

I only managed to get some shots of Swilley in night time relief, so shots with really poor lighting. This was the best of a bad bunch.
2015-16 Adelaide Bite Matthew Swilley card front - ©2016 Adam East

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas to all. It's always a good time to reflect on how we are doing spiritually.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Grant Heyman - 2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox

Heyman is an American import from the Arizona Diamondbacks organisation who played with the Sydney Blue Sox in the 2015-16 ABL season. In 2015 eh split time between the Diamondbacks Rookie, Low A and Single A affiliates, before moving up to the Visalia Rawhide in 2016.

2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox Grant Heyman card front - ©2016 Adam East

2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox Grant Heyman alternate card front - ©2016 Adam East

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Michael Benjamin - 2015-16 Perth Heat

Mike Benjamin is an American import from the Colorado Rockies organisation who played with the Perth Heat during the 2015-16 ABL season. In 2015 he spent most of his time with the Modesto Nuts, the Rockies Advanced A affiliate, before advancing to their Double A affiliate, the Hartford Yard Goats in 2016.

2015-16 Perth Heat Michael Benjamin card front - ©2016 Adam East

2015-16 Perth Heat Michael Benjamin alternate card front - ©2016 Adam East

Monday, December 19, 2016

Takanori Hoshi (星 孝典) - 2015-16 Melbourne Aces

Hoshi was a Japanese import who played with the Melbourne Aces during the 2015-16 ABL season. Hoshi had previously spent 7 seasons in the NPB between 2006 and 2014 (three with the Yomiuri Giants and four with the Seibu Lions.)

2015-16 Melbourne Aces Takanori Hoshi card front - ©2016 Adam East

2015-16 Melbourne Aces Takanori Hoshi alternate card front - ©2016 Adam East

Friday, December 16, 2016

Cord Sandberg - 2015-16 Canberra Cavalry

Sandberg is an American import from the Philadelphia Phillies organisation who played with the Canberra Cavalry during the 2015-16 ABL season. In 2015 Sandberg played with the Lakewood BlueClaws, the Phillies single A affiliate, moving up to their advance A affiliate, the Clearwater Threshers in 2016.

Whilst the first photo is a fairly standard game shot of him running onto the field,I couldn't resist adding in the second shot of him mucking about in the dugout with his team mates.
2015-16 Canberra Cavalry Cord Sandberg card front - ©2016 Adam East

2015-16 Canberra Cavalry Cord Sandberg alternate card front - ©2016 Adam East