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Huber to retire, become Aces' new GM
Melbourne star ready to take next step in legendary career
01/09/2015 7:12 AM ET
Justin Huber
Justin Huber (SMP Images/Scott Powick)

With the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces still fighting for position on the Australian Baseball League ladder in the 2014/15 season, Victoria's professional baseball team sadly bids farewell to one of Australia's most decorated players, Justin Huber.

In an e-mail sent to Aces members, the 14-year professional emphasised the importance of telling the Aces' most loyal fans first.

"As a passionate member of the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces, I wanted you to be the first to know. On Saturday the 24th of January, I will be playing my last professional game at Melbourne Ballpark."

Huber, who has played five seasons in the ABL, only donned the Aces' red, white, and blue in a career which he hit 21 home runs and made it to the ABL Championship Series in the 2011-2012 season. In addition to playing for the Aces, Huber also represented Australia on the global stage as a member of the Australian national team, and currently serves on the Executive Board of the World Baseball Softball Confederation as an Interim Athlete Representative for baseball.

"I can't think of a more fitting place to hang up my cleats than in my home town with my Aces teammates, friends, family and supporters in attendance," said Huber. "None of my success on the field would have been possible without the tremendous fan support I have received."

The first baseman won't be leaving the club altogether, however. Following the announcement of his retirement, Huber informed members that he had accepted the Melbourne Aces General Manager position. The appointment comes with the full support of Baseball Australia and Baseball Victoria, for whom Huber serves as Game Development Manager.

"While I will be retiring from playing baseball, I will not be leaving the Aces altogether," said Huber, "I am pleased to announce that I have accepted the opportunity to become the Melbourne Aces' new General Manager, which is truly an indescribable honour and will be my next big baseball challenge."

Baseball Victoria Chairman and Association President, Clayton Crameri, believes Huber's new position represents forward momentum for the game in Victoria.

 

"Justin's appointment is well deserved and his understanding of BV will provide a crucial conduit in the Baseball Victoria - Melbourne Aces relationship," said Crameri. "Baseball Victoria looks forward to a close working relationship with Justin and his team and assisting, where possible, in Justin's plans for the 2015/16 season and beyond."

 

Neale Price, Chief Executive Officer for Baseball Victoria added, "Although disappointed to be losing Justin from the Game Development Department at Baseball Victoria, we are delighted for Justin, and believe that his appointment as GM of the Aces will be a great outcome for Victorian Baseball."

 

"Justin's knowledge of the Australian Baseball Pathway, and the journey from Tee ball to the Major Leagues and International Baseball is second to none," continued Price. "We wish Justin and the Aces all the best in the future, and are excited by the opportunities that lay ahead."

The lifelong Ace urged fans to support the team through the rest of the year, and invited everyone to join him in what is sure to be an emotional final series against the Adelaide Bite.

"I especially hope that you will be able to make it to my last game on Saturday, 24 January so we can enjoy one last on-field moment together," said Huber.

Tickets to Justin Huber's last game and the Adelaide home series are available online at melbourneaces.com.au/tickets or by calling (03) 8360 9371. For highlights from his MLB career, click here.

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