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de San Miguel moves to Melbourne
Veteran catcher reflects on experiences with Heat
10/06/2016 3:17 PM ET
After six seasons with the Heat, No. 11 will play for the Aces in 2016/17.
After six seasons with the Heat, No. 11 will play for the Aces in 2016/17. (SMP Images / ABL Media)

The Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat will be without star catcher Allan de San Miguel for the 2016/17 Australian Baseball League season, as the Team Australia member and All-Star catcher is moving to Melbourne for family reasons.

De San Miguel has without a doubt etched his legacy with the Heat and played an instrumental role in the 2010/11, 2011/12, 2013/14 and 2014/15 ABL Championship teams, including being named MVP of the 2014/15 ABL Championship Series.

Who could forget moments like de San Miguel hitting a home run in the first inning of Game 1 of the Championship Series against Melbourne in 2012? Things will certainly be different without the familiar number 11 behind the dish this season.

De San Miguel has worn the Heat uniform in the ABL 242 times and is a career .287 hitter with 33 home runs and 141 RBIs. He's also a member of the illustrious 200 hit club, with 238 career ABL hits.  

Wishing de San Miguel all the best in his move to Melbourne, Heat CEO Lachlan Dale tipped his cap to de San Miguel on his career achievements in Perth. 

"Allan is simply irreplaceable both on and off the field for WA Baseball and we sincerely thank him for his contribution over the last 13 years suiting up for the Heat," Dale said. 

"People sometimes forget how difficult it is to play 140 games in the US and then come back and play another 50 games for the Heat and another 10 for club ball," he added. "Allan's drive, passion and dedication to give back to WA Baseball is nothing short of outstanding and have been fortunate to watch his career from a junior state player all the way up to representing Australia. We thank him for the memories and look forward to supporting his new adventures in his life and career."

As much as we will miss watching him play here in Perth, there is no doubt de San Miguel will miss the hometown fans and said that the Heat organisation "certainly has a special place in my heart, forever being a happy heater," he said.

"I've spent the last 13 years with the Heat, I've been fortunate enough to play in front of my family and friends," de San Miguel said. "I've created so many friendships throughout that time and that's something that's irreplaceable."

We managed to sit down with Allan and ask him a couple of questions prior to his departure to Melbourne. 

Q: You've had so much success in Perth, how difficult is it to know that this season you won't be pulling on the Heat uniform?

Allan: It going to be tough, I'm not going to lie, not suiting up next to your brothers that I've grown up with my whole life. 

Q: What's your favourite memories of your time in Perth?

Allan: Certainly any of the 6 championships were all special moments; the memory that stands out the most was the 2015 season and the game winning hit in Game 2 of the Championship Series, being down already 1-0 in the series playing in extra innings win or go home scenario, and to come through with the game winning hit in Adelaide is a memory I will never forget.

Q: We hope to see you play for Team Australia at the WBC, you've been in the system for some time now, how do you feel in general Baseball in Australia is tracking?

Allan: Every year it's getting more and more recognition, and it needs to continue, we have a lot of really good talent coming through Australian Baseball. 

Q: If you asked most Heat fans they'd say you're their favourite player and you've inspired so many young fans. How much does the fan support mean to you?

Allan: Without the fans we would have no baseball in this country. I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to play in front of my family, fans and friends in Perth and to be a great role model of the game to play hard all 9 innings no matter what the score is.

Q: What's next for Allan de San Miguel?

Allan: At the moment I'm looking at trying to re-sign back with the Kansas City royals for 2016 and also the preparation for the [2017] WBC and playing for Team Australia.

Thank you Allan and we hope to see you back in Perth playing again soon. We wish you all the luck mate. 

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