Bases loaded with Heat for All-Stars
Bases loaded with Heat for All-Stars

Perth Heat will field eight players in the Australian team to play the US in the inaugural ABL All-Stars game at Baseball Park, Thornlie, this month.

It will be Australia's first appearance at home in two years, after finishing fifth at the World Cup in Panama in October.

The All-Star game on December 21 will showcase the best Australians against the best ABL imports from the US, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, India and Italy, and include a number of big-league players.

Australia will field three current or former Major League players - Perth's Luke Hughes, who plays with the Minnesota Twins, and former stars Chris Oxspring (Detroit Tigers) and Justin Huber (Twins).

Hughes will be joined by Heat teammates Allan De San Miguel (Triple-A, Twins), Tim Kennelly (Double-A, Philadelphia Phillies), Mitch Graham (Single-A Phillies), Matt Kennelly (Single-A, Atlanta Braves), Cameron Lamb (Single-A, San Francisco Giants), Daniel Schmidt (Single-A, Phillies) and Warwick Saupold.

Four international professional leagues will be represented - the MLB in the US, Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball League, the Korean Baseball Organisation and the Chinese Professional League.

The West Australian

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