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Minor League Coach Jim Bennett Joins the Dugout Staff
Former coach of Heat Manager Steve Fish
10/14/2014 5:16 PM ET

Perth, 15 October - When the Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat needed to round out their field staff for the 2014-2015 Australian Baseball League season Manager Steve Fish dug back into his own playing career to fill that spot. The Heat will welcome long time Minor League coach Jim Bennett to complete the coaching staff. Bennett will be taking over for Greg Jelks as an assistant/Bench coach and will join Pitching Coach Graeme Lloyd and Hitting Instructor Luke Hughes on the Perth bench.

Making his first stop in the ABL Jim Bennett comes to Perth after working stateside in the US Minor Leagues from 1992-2007. Bennett has served on the staffs of minor league affiliates of the Angels, A's, Rockies, Padres and Giants during his career including serving as Pitching Coach for the 1998 Cedar Rapids Kernels where Heat Manger Steve Fish played during the same season.

"Jim (Bennett) has coached in the minor leagues for 20 years now in the Angels and Rockies organizations. Nobody is as lucky as we are to have such a wealth of experience," said Heat Manger Steve Fish. General Manager Lachlan Dale said, "We work collaboratively with the Baseball Operations management to assess staffing and look to what we need from a leadership and instruction point of view, we think we have achieved this for the future."

Bennett took a few years off to watch his own boy play baseball and worked at the local college level but has plans to get back into the US Minor Leagues next season following his first season in WA. The veteran of 16 seasons in the Minors began his coaching career in 1992 with Lethbridge of the Rookie level Pioneer League. He then followed that with six seasons as a pitching coach in the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim system, making stops at Rookie level Mesa (1993-94), Short A Boise (1995-96), Single A Lake Elsinore (1997) and Single A Cedar Rapids (1998).

Bennett spent one season with the Oakland A's Single A club Visalia in the California League in 2000 then moved on to the Colorado Rockies organization with stops at Short A Tri-City in 2001, Single A Asheville in 2002 and Single A Visalia in 2003-04. In 2005 Bennett spent the season with Rookie Level Peoria the San Diego Padres rookie team of the AZL. 

The most recent stop for Bennett was as the pitching coach of the San Jose Giants the San Francisco Giants entry in the California League in 2006 and 2007. He played four season as a professional concluding his career in Florence, Italy.

The Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat will begin the spring training portion of their schedule with a three game series 16 -18 October hosting the State League All-Stars with all three games at 7:20pm. The Heat will open the 2014-2015 Australian Baseball League season and the defence of the Claxton Shield on 31 October against the Sydney Blue Sox at Barbagallo Ballpark at 7:20pm. For individual game tickets, season memberships and sponsorship opportunities contact the Heat office at (08) 6336 7950 or visit

Dan Vaughan is the "Voice of the Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat" and co-host of Talking Baseball Australia. Based in D/FW, Texas and working hard to return for 14-15 to Perth he keeps us posted on all things between the lines world wide with your Heat. DV can be found on Twitter at @DanVaughtwitter or @tbaustralia This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.