Monday, July 25, 2016

Dallas Gallant - 2015-16 Adelaide Bite

Gallant was an American import from the Texas Rangers minor league organisation who played with the Adelaide Bite during the 2015-16 ABL season. Gallant had previously spent 5 years in the Minnesota Twins organisation before being released by the Twins and signed by the Rangers. Gallant last played with the Rangers' advanced A affiliate, the High Desert Mavericks in late 2015 before coming out to the Bite, however he voluntarily retired from affiliated ball on his return back to the USA in 2016.

2015-16 Adalaide Bite Dallas Gallant card front - ©2016 Adam East

Friday, July 22, 2016

Joshua Dean - 2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox

Dean returned for his fifth season with the Sydney Blue Sox during the 2015-16 ABL season. Dean has become as famous for his beard as ex-Blue Sox player Matthew Williams was. I had shots from two series that Dean played in - one early in the season and one late in the season ... I figure he must have a "no shave during the season" rule as it grew remarkably during that period. I was tempted to have two shots to enable a comparison, however I couldn't go past the "pirate sneer" look he gave after striking out in one of the late season games.


2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox Joshua Dean card front - ©2016 Adam East

2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox Joshu Dean alternate card front - ©2016 Adam East

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Daniel Schmidt - 2015-16 Perth Heat

Schmidt continued as a member of the Perth Heat starting rotation during the 2015-16 ABL season, his sixth season in the ABL.

2015-16 Perth Heat Daniel Schmidt card front - ©2016 Adam East

Monday, July 18, 2016

Darryl George - 2015-16 Melbourne Aces

George returned for his fifth season with the Melbourne Aces during the 2015-16 ABL season.

2015-16 Melbourne Aces Darryl George card front - ©2016 Adam East

Friday, July 15, 2016

Phil Kish - 2015-16 Canberra Cavalry

Kish is an American import from the Toronto Blue Jays organisation who played with the Canberra Cavalry during the 2015-16 ABL season. In 2015 he split time between the single A level Lansing Lugnuts and the advanced A level Dunedin Blue Jays.

It's funny how facial hair can make a difference, his MiLB profile shot has him with a petit goatee, he's got a regular beard going in the top photo, and a distinct mustache growing in the second photo. I had to double check that they were all photos of the same player.
2015-16 Canberra Cavalry Phil Kish card front - ©2016 Adam East

2015-16 Canberra Cavalry Phil Kish alternate card front - ©2016 Adam East

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Ryan Battaglia - 2015-16 Brisbane Bandits

Battaglia entered his sixth season with the Brisbane Bandits during the 2015-16 ABL season. Unfortunately for Battaglia, he was released by the Cleveland Indians organisation at the start of the 2015 season in the US, following 3 years in the minors.

2015-16 Brisbane Bandits Ryan Battaglia card front - ©2016 Adam East

2015-16 Brisbane Bandits Ryan Battaglia alternate card front - ©2016 Adam East

Monday, July 11, 2016

Matt Williams - 2015-16 Adelaide Bite

I'm still a bit frustrated in that I can never seem to get any decent shots of Williams ever since he moved from Sydney to Adelaide. The 2015-16 season was Williams' sixth in the ABL and his third with the Adelaide Bite. Whilst this shot of Williams isn't bad, I'd prefer to get a shot of him in just his uniform, without the Bite hoodie.

2015-16 Adelaide Bite Matthew Williams card front - ©2016 Adam East

Friday, July 8, 2016

Todd Grattan - 2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox

Sydney veteran Grattan returned for his fifth ABL season with the Sydney Blue Sox during the 2015-16 ABL season.

2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox Todd Grattan card front- ©2016 Adam East

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Manuel (Junior) Arrojo - 2015-16 Perth Heat

Arrojo is an American import who played with the Perth Heat during the 2015-16 ABL season. Arrojo had spent the previous five seasons playing independent ball in the USA, in 2015 playing with the Rockland Boulders in the Canadian American Association. His first name si Manuel, but he's known as Junior.

Most of the photos I have of him are when he's laughing, but I thought I'd grab this stern looking shot for his card.

2015-16 Perth Heat Junior Arrojo card front - ©2016 Adam East

Monday, July 4, 2016

Josh Lee - 2015-16 Melbourne Aces

Lee is a native Victorian who debuted with the Melbourne Aces during the 2015-16 ABL season. Lee was only active on the roster  for 14 days during the season and played only a single game for the Aces, so I'm fortunate to have shots of him in uniform.

2015-16 Melbourne Aces Josh Lee card front - ©2016 Adam East

Monday, June 27, 2016

Scott Cone - 2015-16 Canberra Cavalry

Cone was born in Sydney, but played for New Zealand along with his brother Ben in the World Baseball Classic Qualifiers held in early 2016. In the 2015-16 ABL season Scott made his ABL debut, playing with the Canberra Cavalry. Cone had experience playing college ball for West Texas A&M in the US where he studied physiotherapy. He returned to Australia to undertake his masters at the University of Canberra, hence his pickup by the Cavalry.

2015-16 Canberra Cavalry Scott Cone card front - ©2016 Adam East

Friday, June 24, 2016

David Sutherland - 2015-16 Brisbane Bandits

Goofy played his sixth  season with the Brisbane Bandits during the 2015-16 ABL season. Apparently he retired at the end of the 2014-15 season, but was convinced to come out of retirement a day later by Bandits manager Dave Nilsson. Fortunately, that decision meant he was able to participate in the Bandits' first ever ABL championship.

2015-16 Brisbane Bandits David Sutherland card front - ©2016 Adam East

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Connar O'Gorman - 2015-16 Adelaide Bite

O'Gorman was born in New Zealand, lives on the Gold Coast and plays for Adelaide ... he certainly gets around. O'Gorman played his thrid ABL season in 2015-16 - his second witht he Adelaide Bite after having originally debuted with Brisbane back in 2013-14. In 2016 O'Gorman is playing with the Kagawa Olive Guyners in the independent Shikoku Island League in Japan. He certainly seems to being a bit of a journeyman, having also spent time playing in Germany and the USA, as wella s representing New Zealand in the Diamondblacks.

2015-16 Adelaide Bite Connar O'Gorman card front - ©2016 Adam East

2015-16 Adelaide Bite Connar O'Gorman alternate card front - ©2016 Adam East

Monday, June 20, 2016

Lachlan Wells - 2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox

Wells is a Sydney youngster who played his third season with the Sydney Blue Sox during the 2015-16 ABL season, despite being only 18 years old at the time. Wells made his Minor League debut in 2015, playing with the Minnesota Twins rookie level team in the Gulf Coast League.

2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox Lachlan Wells card front - ©2016 Adam East
2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox Lachlan Wells alternate card front - ©2016 Adam East

Friday, June 17, 2016

Jake Turnbull - 2015-16 Perth Heat

Turnbull is a West Australian youngster who played his second ABL season with the Perth Heat during the 20151-6 ABL season. In 2015 Turnbull made his debut in the Minors, playing for the Cincinnati Reds' Arizona League rookie team.

2015-16 Perth Heat Jake Turnbull card front - ©2016 Adam East