Turning up the heat

Baseball coach and player Luke Hughes, of Burswood.|Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d427703
Baseball coach and player Luke Hughes, of Burswood.|Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d427703

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.

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