Former MLB pinch hitter Luke Allen dies at 43

Former MLB baseball player Luke Allen has passed away at the age of 43, SNBC13 reports

The cause of Allen’s death, which took place on Tuesday, April 26, has not been reported. It has been described, though, as unexpected.

Who was he?

In 1996, Allen was drafted as an amateur free agent by Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Los Angeles Dodgers. It would be some time, though, before he would actually play for the Dodgers.

Instead, Allen would spend a number of years in the minor leagues. He started off with the Great Falls Dodgers before moving on to the San Bernardino Stampeded, then to the San Antonio Mission, to the Jacksonville Suns, and to the Las Vegas 51s. It was with his success here that, in 2002, he finally received a call-up from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Allen made his debut as a pinch-hitter with the Dodgers on Sept. 10, 2002. He would go on to play six games with the Dodgers before being traded to the Colorado Rockies in 2003. It was back down to the minor leagues for Allen. This time, though, he received a call-up much faster.

As a free agent, Allen, at the end of the season, decided to leave the team. He would go on to play for several other minor league teams, and, in 2008, he even play for the Canadian-American League.

“Loved the spot”

Allen was born in Covington, Georgia. There, he attended and graduated from Newton High School. Besides playing baseball, Allen is said to have also mentored many children looking to get better at the sport.

“Luke loved the sport of baseball and truly lived out his dreams,” his family said.

His family also said that Allen “enjoyed golf, fishing, and spending time with his friends and family.”

“Will not be forgotten”

Allen’s family has started a GoFundMe to help provide money for his untimely passing.

The page reads:

He was an amazing father, son, brother, cousin, uncle, nephew, and friend to so many.  Not only was Luke a talented baseball player, but he was also a mentor and coach to countless kids in our community.  He leaves behind a legacy through these athletes that will not be forgotten for years to come.  Luke’s passing will not only leave a huge hole in the hearts of his family and our community, but in the lives of the many kids he mentored.

Allen is survived by his two children, his mother, his two brothers, his two sisters, and his fiance.

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