Teeple: Goldeyes honor record breaker Alen

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Dreams fulfilled and legends made ... Luis Alen becomes all-time Goldeyes hits leader

By Devon Teeple
GM's Perspective

Luis Alen has been playing ball for a long long time, 13 pro seasons to be exact. 

On June 2, the Winnipeg Goldeyes honored Alen after he collected his 632nd hit with the franchise, now a team record, breaking Max Poulin’s previous best. When you look at this from a distance 632 independent league hits will never make any highlight reel and ESPN will never lead off a show with it, but as an athlete at any level, one must realize how significant this is in the overall grand scheme of things. 

Yes, Alen never made a major league roster, but he did everything he could to get there. Alen made it to Triple A with the New York Mets, has over 2,700 professional at-bats while still accomplishing something that not many other players have. 

Alen is a .293 lifetime hitter (.312 in Indy ball) and hasn’t hit lower than .289 since 2009. There’s no telling what the future holds. 

Kudos to Luis Alen, you’re in the records books. No one can ever take that away from you. 

 

Dylan Kelly signs with D-Backs
Undrafted out of the University of Missouri-Columbia, Dylan Kelly leveraged a blistering start to his 2015 season, his second with the Normal CornBelters to earn a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. 

In 11 games for the CornBelters, Kelly is batting .350. Of his 14 hits, five are for extra bases. 2014, Kelly’s senior season, he put up stellar numbers. In 51 games he hit .330, drove in 27 and hit three home runs.

 

 

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Devon Teeple

Danny was born in Ted Lindsay's hometown of Renfrew, Ont. but his roots are in nearby Douglas. He played 27 consecutive seasons of top-level amateur baseball in the senior ranks in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Quebec and thrived on organizing events himself, the major one being the highly successful 1983 Canadian senior men's tournament in Sudbury. He began covering the Montreal Expos in 1988 when he joined the Montreal Daily News. Later, he was the Expos beat writer for the Ottawa Sun and Associated Press. He has written four baseball books, including Remembering the Montreal Expos, which he co-authored with Bill Young of Hudson, Que. Gallagher and Young are currently working on a book about the ill-fated 1994 Expos squad. Gallagher can be reached here: dannogallagher@rogers.com