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Monday, July 4, 2022

Luke Sable scored game-winner at AA on wild pitch; Saw seven pro seasons, made AAA

Luke Sable judged the pitch in the 10th inning of this tied April 1992 contest as a breaking ball in dirt and he took off, he told The Jackson Clarion-Ledger afterward.

He then scored the game-winning run, The Clarion-Ledger wrote.

"I took a lead and when I looked up the ball was going to the backstop," Sable told The Clarion-Ledger. "I had to be careful because it could have hit the wall and come back to the catcher. But fortunately it didn't."

Sable scored that winning run at AA Tulsa at the start of his sixth professional season. He made AAA the next year, but he didn't make it higher.

Sable's career began in 1987, taken by the Rangers in the 28th round of the draft out of George Mason University.

Sable started with the Rangers in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He hit .303 in 56 games and stole 25 bases. He then moved to single-A Gastonia for 1988. He hit .251 there in 134 games.

He played at single-A and high-A Port Charlotte in 1989 and 1990. He then made Tulsa in 1991. He hit .289 there, with a nine stolen bases over 95 games.

Sable then returned to Tulsa for 1992. To start that year, The Tulsa World noted he had yet to hit a professional home run. (He would hit his first two that year.)

"Can handle the bat well, is tough to strike out and is a good baserunner," The World wrote.

Sable hit .243 for Tulsa that year over 85 games. He then moved to AAA Oklahoma City in 1993. He hit .207 there in 94 games to end his career.

Sable has since returned to Virginia and has coached youth ball. In 2006, he took his Alexandria, Va., team to the Junior League World Series

"I'm trying to give back to the kids – the same thing coaches gave to me," Sable told The Southgate News-Herald then.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,953
Made the Majors:1,319-33.4%
Never Made Majors:2,634-66.6%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:539
10+ Seasons in the Minors:329

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