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Fish to return as Heat manager in 2013/14
Second-year skipper seeks return to the top
09/18/2013 10:30 AM ET
Under manager Steve Fish, the Heat visited the ABLCS once again in 2012/13.
Under manager Steve Fish, the Heat visited the ABLCS once again in 2012/13. (SMP Images)
PERTH, 17 September - The Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat have announced that Steve Fish will return for a second season as Manager/Head Coach of the club. Fish led the team to a 3rd straight ABL Championship Series appearance in 2012-2013 and previously served as an assistant coach to the team. 

"Steve Fish is a great choice for the Heat again this year. We battled through so much last year with pro shut downs and injuries. We were fortunate to be carried by the rest of the guys to get us to the playoffs and with more experience from our younger players we will be in for a big year. Steve now has the challenge of managing these talented players to again be successful,” said Heat Baseball Operations Director and GM of Baseball WA. 

The Portland, Oregon native is a Boston Red Sox scout, as well as a former professional baseball player and coach from the United States. He spent five seasons with the Los Angeles Angels organization and was named their minor league player of the year in 1998. From 2008 to 2011, Fish coached the Wannaroo Giants state league team to a pair of championships. During his first season as skipper Fish led the Heat to a 25-21 regular season recorded in the ABL and a 2-2 record in the post season.

“We will go out and take care of business and do what we do best. We got guys that have been around for a long time but are still young. It is going to be an exciting year and I can’t wait for it to start. It is going to be like riding a bike for most of these guys. Hopefully when they get back they are all healthy. We will head into the season and get on roll and hopefully get a playoff appearance and try to win another title,” said Fish on his return.

Along with his work with the Heat Fish will continue working with young athletes across WA to improve their baseball knowledge and skill level as Baseball WA's Player Development Manager. 

“Steve Fish is a big part of the growth of baseball in WA, his efforts continue even though he is the Manager of the Heat. He is a true Baseball Man. I respect what he's done for Baseball WA and the game in general, he deserves this opportunity. He's a technical manager and is talking the elite end of the game in WA to a new level.”, added Geoff Hooker Chairman of the Board for the Heat.

The Heat have participated in all three championships since the ABL's reincarnation, winning two national titles. The 2013-2014 ABL season begins with spring training games November 17th and 18th against a team comprised of USA All-Stars. The regular season opener is on November 1st when the Heat host the Sydney Blue Sox in a 4 game series at Barbagallo Ballpark . 

Individual game tickets as well as season memberships are available by contacting the Heat office on (08) 6336 7950 or at Perthheat.com.au.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.