Ma­jor League hero here

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Baseball -

PERTH Heat added veteran player Luke Hughes, of Bur­swood, to its coach­ing team for the 2014-15 Aus­tralian Base­ball League (ABL) sea­son, which be­gins Oc­to­ber 31.

As well as play­ing this sea­son, Hughes will be­come hit­ting in­struc­tor in place of Greg Jelks, who moved on to guide Carine in the State League.

“We are ex­tremely lucky in the fact that we have a player like Luke, with such vast ex­pe­ri­ence, on our coach­ing staff,” man­ager Steve Fish said.

Hughes ce­mented his place in base­ball his­tory when he hit a home run in his first Ma­jor League at bat in 2010 for the Min­nesota Twins, mak­ing him only the 104th player to achieve that feat in Ma­jor League Base­ball his­tory.

Hughes, who joined the Twins in 2002 as a non-drafted free agent, is now one of the Heat’s most recog­nis­able names as he nears his 100 ca­reer-game mile­stone in the ABL.

He has rep­re­sented Aus­tralia in­ter­na­tion­ally as a long-time mem­ber of the na­tional team, in­clud­ing in the 2006 World Base­ball Clas­sic and in the Ma­jor League Ex­hi­bi­tion games in Syd­ney.

For tick­ets, mem­ber­ships and spon­sor­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties, call the Heat on 6336 7950 or visit www.perth­heat.com.au for more in­for­ma­tion.

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