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Dillon Gee hoping to make the most of Royals opportunity

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Dillon Gee (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Former Mets pitcher Dillon Gee is in spring training with the Kansas City Royals, hoping to win a spot in the team’s rotation or as a swingman in the bullpen.

“It was bittersweet, obviously,” Gee told the Kansas City Star’s Rustin Dodd about his departure from the Mets. “I had been there going on five years in the big leagues, and it’s like: ‘I was there during the lean times. I wanted to be there when they were celebrating at the end.’ ”

“It wasn’t the best of circumstances, but things unfolded the way they unfolded. They went to the World Series, so obviously they pulled the right strings, I guess.”

Source: Former Mets starter Dillon Gee trying to earn role on the Royals’ staff

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Hellos and goodbyes

Michael Cuddyer suprised us all this weekend by announcing his retirement from baseball.

In  a piece for Derek Jeter’s “Players’ Tribune” site, Cuddyer wrote:

Baseball is my life’s passion, but at the same time I knew in some distant part of my heart that it wouldn’t and couldn’t last forever. Ever since I was a kid, my mantra has been, “Play hard, dream big.” But I’ve always believed in loyalty to the game itself: the day that I can’t give it 100 percent is the day I have to walk away. Now that the day has come, it’s harder than I thought it would be.

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2015 World Series Pin

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The 2015 World Series will be remembered with the 2000 and 1973 ones, where the Mets had to settle for the National League Championship banner. Still, I’m happy to have it represented in my pin collection.

Thanks Vinny.

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It's over.

The Kansas City Royals, not the New York Mets, are your 2015 World Series Champions.

And that’s as it should be – the Royals were the better team. They made fewer mistakes and capitalized on the chances the Mets gave them. When they trailed, they never gave up. They wanted it more and they had the talent to back it up.

I bet the Kansas City Royals are a lot of fun to watch when they’re not playing against your favorite team.

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World Series Game 4: Giants even series

Last night, the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals played what was the most exciting game of the World Series so far to even things up at two games apiece.

For me, the most interesting part of the game was learning that Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica writer/producer Ronald D. Moore is a baseball fan. He was keeping score throughout the game and posting pictures of his scorecard to his Twitter feed.

Kansas City still holds the home field advantage in what is now a best-of-three series, but San Francisco would seem to hold the edge in tonight’s rematch of Game 1 aces, Madison Bumgarner vs. James Shields.

Whatever the final score is tonight, baseball fans are the winners – we’re getting to watch a great series that will keep the 2014 season going until at least Tuesday night.