Heat is on for man­ager

Fremantle Gazette - - SPORT -

NEW Perth Heat man­ager Andy Kyle says his team is keen to bounce back from last sea­son’s dis­ap­point­ing per­for­mance in the Aus­tralian Base­ball League (ABL).

Perth claimed the ABL wooden spoon last sea­son af­ter they fin­ished sixth with a 14-26 win/loss record.

It was a shock to the sys­tem for the Heat, which has won four cham­pi­onships since the ABL was re­vamped in 2010.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, Kyle said the play­ers were ea­ger to rec­tify last year’s poor show­ing.

“The guys were pretty dis­ap­pointed in the re­sults last year; the or­gan­i­sa­tion has been ac­cus­tomed to win­ning and we’re very proud of that,” he said.

“I don’t think the guys will need much mo­ti­va­tion (from me) as far as last year, I think they’ll be keen to get back to win­ning games.”

Kyle comes to the Heat with an im­pres­sive re­sume, hav­ing guided the Wan­neroo Giants to the 2015-16 State League ti­tle, in ad­di­tion to serv­ing the un­der-15 na­tional team as coach in 2015 and 2016 and as man­ager at the 2016 Base­ball World Cham­pi­onships.

He has also been South Fre­man­tle Se­nior High School’s di­rec­tor SUP­PORTED BY LUX MO­TORS of base­ball since 2007 and spent 2015 and 2016 with the Aus­tralian Ma­jor League Base­ball Academy.

Kyle said he was itch­ing to get back on the field and turn the team’s for­tunes around.

“We’ve been do­ing a good job be­hind the scenes try­ing to get a list to­gether, try­ing to pro­vide an en­vi­ron­ment where guys know what they’re do­ing,” he said.

“Hope­fully we can build on the sea­son from last year, go above .500 win/loss ra­tio and give us a chance to play some play­off base­ball.”

Kyle ad­mit­ted the Heat would have a young squad, but would lean on the Ma­jor League Base­ball ex­pe­ri­ence of Luke Hughes (Min­nesota Twins and Oak­land Ath­let­ics), War­wick Saupold (current Detroit Tigers pitcher) and 13th over­all pick in the 2015 MLB draft Gar­rett Whit­ley (Tampa Bay Rays).

Perth Heat opens its ABL cam­paign away to Mel­bourne Aces Novem­ber 17-19.

New Perth Heat man­ager Andy Kyle.

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