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Bruce Chen is a Free Agent

By: Tim Pafford

        I would love to see Bruce return to professional baseball.  Years of perseverance and a dedication to success have been synonymous with the name Bruce Chen.  No set-back held him back for an extended period of time. He would overcome. Everytime.
        Injuries would take him down, surgeries would hold him back, but he always came back better than before. As long as he was in the starting pitcher's position he was set for success every time he took a start.
         Bruce learned to pitch smart over trying to throw hard.  He knew he was not going to beat a hitter with big radar gun numbers.  He did it with knowing how to pitch. Each pitch he threw had a purpose and a place to go with his plan. He would hit his spots, he would work the counts, he would pitch to contact so that his defense could take over for him; & take over they did with Gold-Glove winning talent.
           After Tommy John Surgery Bruce came back as the Royals most winning starting pitcher even in seasons that saw more losses than wins from the team performance. He came to each start hungry for a win and gave far more quality starts than shaky ones. Each year he ended the season with the most wins and lowest ERA on the team with consistency.
           After a very strong performance with the Mets (and a start in the 1st post 9-11 tragedy professional sporting event). He bounced around from team to team with little success till he dropped out of baseball to have Tommy John's surgery and recover both mentally and physically so he could get back into the game of baseball. A minor league contact with Kansas City got him back to baseball and the rest became Kansas City history.
         For now, he has not been announced to any team. He remains a free agent, but could change at any moment. Bruce Chen could easily sneak in as a 5th man on a rotation and find himself leading the Starting Pitcher Stats Board again in 2015.


Even the NY Mets were remembering Chen during this game at the 1h 10 min mark when the Mets pitcher moves Morse off the plate w a inside pitch. They remembered that was the sound of "Chen Music".

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