It's been a rough go for former Twins infielder Luke Hughes. He was the Twins player who was let go when the team thought it would be a good idea to activate Jason Marquis, which didn't go so well either.
Hughes was picked up by the Oakland A's, where he went 1 for 13 with six strikeouts and three errors in four games before being sent down to Class AAA Sacramento.
After 21 games at Sacramento, where he batted .226 and made three errors, Hughes was sent down Oakland's Class AA team in the Texas League, where he has one hit in 10 at-bats as a member of the Midland RockHounds.
So Hughes' season has pretty much resembled the Beavis and Butt-head episode where the boys get demoted from high school to eighth grade -- and work their way back to kindergarten.
A couple of weeks back, Hughes talked to a reporter for the Australian baseball League's web site about what it was like to be told you no longer have a job.
Hughes told ABL baseball reporter Alexis Brudnicki: "I was in New York and I knew Jason [Marquis] was coming back to pitch. I didn't ever think about that they needed to let someone go. I didn't think it would be me. I thought it would be someone else but sure enough, they [Twins manager Ron Gardenhire] and Terry Ryan, our General Manager, called me into the office and were like, 'Look, we need to make a move. Good luck,' basically. After being with the organization for 10 years, it was a pretty short conversation."
Few people expected Hughes to be a major league star, but there were hopes that he could be a back-up infielder with the Twins, with a bat that could help off the bench. He hit seven home runs last season while playing every infield position but shortstop in 96 games. But things didn't work out -- and they still haven't.
Now he gets to deal with taunts like "stop worrying about boxing... worry about how bad you suck as an MLB player" while keeping up his entertaining Twitter feed @LukeHughes38, where Wednesday he showed was it looks like to lead the minor-league life in a Texas city of 80,000.
Supply and demand I guess. This is what you get for $225 in Midland Texas. City of 80,000. It's called stealing money. twitter.com/lukehughes38/s…— Luke Hughes (@lukehughes38) June 14, 2012
And here's the full story on Hughes from the ABL web site.