Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Nick Hosie - 2016-17 Canberra Cavalry

Hosie is a local Canberran development youngster who joined the Canberra Cavalry during the 2016-17 ABL season at the age of just 16 years old. Hosie would eb selected during 2017 to join a number of other Canberran junior players to participate in the 2017 MLB Australian Academy

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Nick Hosie card front - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, January 15, 2018

Sam Holland - 2016-17 Brisbane Bandits

Brisbane local Holland returned for his third season with the Brisbane Bandits during the 2016-17 ABL season. Holland is currently also playing in the LA Angels farm system and spent 2016 playing with their single and advanced A affiliates, the Burlington Bees and the Inland Empire 66ers respectively. He returned to the 66ers for the 2017 season.


2016-17 Brisbane Bandits Sam Holland card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, January 12, 2018

Bradley Inglis - 2016-17 Canberra Cavalry

Inglis is a local Canberran youngster who made his ABL debut for the Canberra Cavalry in a single game during the 2016-17 ABL season. Inglis had been signed earlier in 2016 by the Boston Red Sox, but has yet to play a game in the minors.

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Bradley Inglis card front - ©2017 Adam East

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Steve Janas - 2017-18 Canberra Cavalry

Janas is an American import who played with the Canberra Cavalry during the 2017-18 ABL season. This sin't the best picture of Janas, but unfortunately he was released by the Cavalry mid-season and I had yet to get many photos of him, so this is the best of a bad bunch.

Janas had spent four years (2013-2016) in the Atlanta Brave's farm system, reaching AAA level before being released. In 2017 he play with the York Revolution in the independent Atlanta League.

2017-18 Canberra Cavalry Stephen Janas - ©2018 Adam East

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Chih-Sheng Lin (林智胜) - 2017-18 Brisbane Bandits

Lin is a Taiwanese import who is playing with the Brisbane Bandits during the 2017-18 ABL season. Lin comes with an interesting history as a decorated veteran of the Taiwanese CPBL. He has been playing in the CPBL since 2004, primarily with the La New Bears (later renamed to Lamigo Monkeys in 2011). He won the CPBL's MVP Award in 2015 following which he signed the CPBL's richest free agency deal in 2016 to join the Chinatrust Brothers.

 Late in 2017 Lin was caught up in controversy that saw seven of his team mates fired from the Brothers. Some see his choice to play in the ABL following the controversy as a chance to try and redeem himself from the issues back in Taiwan.

2017-18 Brisbane Bandits Chih-Sheng Lin card front - ©2018 Adam East

2017-18 Brisbane Bandits Chih-Sheng Lin alternate card front - ©2018 Adam East

Friday, January 5, 2018

Chang-Sung Ko (고창성) - 2017-18 Sydney Blue Sox

Ko is a South Korean import who is playing with the Syndey Blue Sox during the 2017-18 ABL season. Ko had previously spent 8 seasons in the KBO between 2008 and 2015, split between the Doosan Bears and the NC Dinos.

2017-18 Sydney Blue Sox Chang-Sung Ko card front - ©2018 Adam East

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Jarryd Dale - 2017-18 Melbourne Aces

The first of my Melbourne Aces cards for the 2017-18 ABL season features Aces youngster Jarryd Dale. Despite being only 17 years of age, this is Dale's second year in the ABL and with the Aces, where he has paired up with his older brother Ryan. Jarryd signed with the San Diego padres organisation in July 2017, but has yet to appear in the minors.

2017-18 Melbourne Aces Jarryd Dale card front - ©2018 Adam East

Monday, January 1, 2018

Ryan Kalish - 2017-18 Canberra Cavalry

Kalish is a former MLB player who joined the Canberra Cavalry as an American import during the 2017-18 ABL season. Kalish spent 4 seasons in the majors between 2010 and 2016 (2010 and 2012 with the Boston Red Sox and 2014 and 2016 with the Chicago Cubs), winning a Championship with both clubs before being released by Chicago in 2016 following a serious knee injury. He joined the Cavalry following his recovery in an attempt to resurrect his MLB career, however he struggled with his batting and was released to pursue time in the Puerto Rican Winter League.

2017-18 Canberra Cavalry Ryan Kalish card front - ©2017 Adam East

Friday, December 29, 2017

Jackson Lowery - 2016-17 Canberra Cavalry

Lowery is an American import from the Toronto Blue Jays organisation  who played with the Canberra cavalry during the 2016-17 ABL season. Lowery had played for the Blue Jays low, single and advanced A level affiliates in 2016 but was released in 2017, going on to play for the Kansas City T-bones in the independent American Association.

2016-17 Canberra Cavalry Jackson Lowery card front - ©2017 Adam East

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Kramer Champlin - 2016-17 Brisbane Bandits

Champlin was an American import who played with the Brisbane Bandits during the 2016-17 ABL season. Champlin had played in the Toronto Blue Jays farm system between 2011 and 2014, after which he settled into playing for the Traverse City Beach Bums in the independent Frontier League since 2015.

2016-17 Brisbane Bandits Kramer Champlin card front - ©2017 Adam East

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Nathan Ven Der Linden - 2016-17 Adelaide Bite

Locally born Van Der Linden returned to the Adelaide Bite roster in 2016-17 having previously had cameo appearances for the Bite in 2012-13 and 2013-14 ABL seasons.  Part of his time in between was spent playing for Skokani Olomouc in the Czech Extraliga in 2016.

I can’t help but also mention that Van der Linden was  a part of the Drop Bears (USA) team that competed in the 2016 Prague Baseball Week. The team is described on the Prague Baseball Week website as a selection of mostly USA players, however with the name Drop Bears, and with the likes of Van Der Linden and other Aussies such as Mitch Nilsson, Ryan Battaglia and Scott Mulhearn, I suspect there was quite an Aussie influence on that team.

2016-17 Adelaide Bite Nathan Van Der Linden card front - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas 2017

Christmas time in Australia! Time for feasting with family and friends, hitting the pool or beach and remembering the birth of Jesus Christ, and what he has done for us. It is a shame that fewer and fewer people have an understanding of the purpose of life or the central role of Jesus Christ in that purpose.


Friday, December 22, 2017

Kyle Simon - 2017-18 Perth Heat

Simon is an American import playing with the Perth Heat during the 2017-18 ABL season. He spent 4 years combined in the minors of the Baltimore Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies between 2011 and 2014. Since then he has been playing independent ball in the Atlantic League, most recently with the New Britain Bees in 2017.


2017-18 Perth Heat Kyle Simon card front - ©2017 Adam East

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Shane Kelleher - 2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox

Kelleher is an Aussie youngster who played for the Sydney Blue Sox in the 2016-17 ABL season. Kelleher has signed to play with the North Iowa Area Community College Trojans in 2018.

2016-17 Sydney Blue Sox Shane Kelleher card front - ©2017 Adam East

Monday, December 18, 2017

Sam Gibbons - 2016-17 Melbourne Aces

Gibbons is a Geelong born Aussie who is playing in the Minnesota Twins farm system. In 2016 Gibbons played for the Cedar Rapids Kernels, the single A affiliate of the Twins, his fifth season in the Minors. Gibbons stint with the Melbourne Aces during the 2016-17 ABL season was his sixth with the Aces and in the ABL.

2016-17 Melbourne Aces Sam Gibbons card front - ©2017 Adam East