Here's how an Australian baseball team recruited a key MLB player via Snapchat
Australian baseball team recruits player via Snapchat
Former MLB infielder Luke Hughes currently plays for the Australian Baseball League's Perth Heat and has enjoyed a fine season Down Under, batting .352 with six homers in 33 games.
He's also helped out his hometown club with some key player recruitment.
When Hughes heard GM Lachlan Dale needed to fill some spots on the roster, he contacted his old Minnesota teammate, Rene Tosoni. Usually a baseball player signs with a team after a series of agent-mediated negotiations, but this was … a little more casual:
With the Heat winning three of the four ABL Championships played so far, and the Heat and Blue Sox being the only two teams to make the playoffs every year in the five-year history of the league, how could Tosoni resist an offer like that? Answer: He couldn't:
Drawing the Heat's logo on his digital baseball cap is, in our opinion, just as good as a notarized signature. Tosani honored his Snapchat promise and flew down to Australia, where, according to ABL's Nina Zimmerman, "he's become an integral part of the Heat lineup," helping the Heat sweep the Brisbane Bandits and secure a spot in the playoffs.
It was definitely something to celebrate:
Perth's roster also features former Brewers right-hander Mike McClendon and pitching coach Graeme Lloyd. The Heat will face the Sydney Blue Sox -- including former Major Leaguers Trent Oeltjen and Dae Sung Koo -- in a best-of-three playoff series starting Friday.
Just because you're stateside doesn't mean you can't tune in -- watch it at 3:30 AM EST at ABLtv.com.