A few weeks ago Silver Hawks manager Mark Haley got the call. The call every minor leaguer dreams of.
"[Arizona Diamondbacks manager] Kirk Gibson called me and said 'Hey Hales...You're a good fit for us and we want you during the post-season'", Haley recounted with a smile.
"I said, 'Me?'. And he said 'Yep, you!'".
The Arizona Diamondbacks, the parent club of the South Bend Silver Hawks, are bringing Haley up to the majors.
The longtime Silver Hawks skipper is finally about to realize the dream, which he thought passed him long ago!
"I cannot believe this!", Haley said. "When I got married I told my wife, 'Give me ten years. If I'm not in the big leagues then, I'll do whatever's necessary for the family.' That's what brought us back to South Bend. But when you least expect it, that's when that call comes."After THIRTY years of toiling in the minors, later this week, Mark Haley will make his big league debut.
“Everybody tries to be in the big leagues from the day you're born...Some make it at 18, others make it at 52,” he laughed.