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

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Tim Atherton - 2016-17 Canberra Cavalry

Atherton remained with the Cavalry for the 2016-17 ABL season following his return from the Blue Sox the previous season. Atherton seems to have some itchy feet, noting that he’s moved up to the Brisbane Bandits for the 2017-18 ABL season, one of the few ABL players who will have played fro 3 different clubs.

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Tim Atherton card front - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, November 13, 2017

David Rodriguez - 2016-17 Brisbane Bandits

Rodriguez is a Venezuelan import from the Tampa Bay Rays organisation who played with the Brisbane Bandits during the 2016-17 ABL season. Rodriguez spent 2016 playing for the Bowling Green Hot Rods, the Rays' single A affiliate, and in 2017 with their advanced A affiliate, the Charlotte Stone Crabs.


2016-17 Brisbane Bandits David Rodriguez card front - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, November 6, 2017

Matt Dixon - 2016-17 Perth Heat

Local player Dixon returned for his fifth season with the Perth Heat during the 2016-17 ABL season.

2016-17 Perth Heat Matt Dixon alternate card front - ©2017 Adam East

2016-17 Perth Heat Matt Dixon alternate card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, November 3, 2017

Josh Tols - 2016-17 Melbourne Aces

Adelaide born Tols moved from the Bite, where he'd played in three previous three years, over to the Melbourne Aces for the 2016-17 ABL season. In 2016, between his ABL club movement Tols also played with the Kansas City T-Bones in the independent American Association.

2016-17 Melbourne Aces Josh Tols card front - ©2017 Adam East
The old rule of never muck up when there's a camera around is always in effect. Tols and another pitcher were trying to manspread in the background of my shots of other Aces pitchers in the bullpen, so there has to be a card of that..

2016-17 Melbourne Aces Josh Tols alternate card front - ©2017 Adam East

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Brian Grening - 2016-17 Canberra Cavalry

Grening has setup a fairly standard playing routine now of spending the northern summers playing for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in the independent Atlantic League, and the Canberra Cavalry in the southern summers. The 2016-17 ABL season was Grening's sixth ABL season. He married in 2016, his wife coming from Canberra, and he commented that he pretty much considers Canberra to be his home field now. I'm pretty sure that he even qualified under last season's revised import rules to play as an Aussie due to his long tenure with the club. His 2016-17 ABL season was cut short however by a stint with Leones del Caracas in the Venezuelan League.


2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Brian Grening card front - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, October 30, 2017

Justin Erasmus - 2016-17 Brisbane Bandits

Erasmus returned for his sixth ABL season with Brisbane during 2016-17, his seventh in total in the ABL. He had previously spent time in 2016 with the De Glaskoning Twins in the Honkbal Hoofdklasse (Dutch Major League.)

2016-17 Brisbane Bandits Justin Erasmus card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, October 27, 2017

Devon Barker - 2016-17 Adelaide Bite

Barker is an American import who returned for his second season with the Adelaide Bite during the 2016-17 ABL season. In between his two ABL stints, Barker spent 2017 playing for Třebíč Nuclears in the Czech Extraliga.

2016-17 Adelaide Bite Devon Barker card front - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, October 23, 2017

Robbie Perkins - 2016-17 Canberra Cavalry

Robbie returned from the northern summer playing with the Colorado Rockies farm teams to play in his sixth ABL season with the Canberra Cavalry in the 2016-17 ABL season. In 2017 he split time between the Rockies Single and Advanced A teams with a brief end of season appearance at the Triple A level Albuquerque Isotopes.

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Robbie Perkins card front - ©2017 Adam East

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Robbie Perkins alternate card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, October 20, 2017

Josh Dean - 2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox

Sydney Blue Sox veteran Dean returned for his sixth year with the Blue Sox during the 2016-17 ABL season.

2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox Joshua Dean card front - ©2017 Adam East

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Virgil Vasquez - 2016-17 Melbourne Aces

Former MLB, Perth Heat, Adelaide Bite and Melbourne Aces player Vasquez returned to the Aces for his second ABL season with them and his fifth ABL season in total during 2016-17.


2016-17 Melbourne Aces Virgil Vasquez card front - ©2017 Adam East