New York Mets Release Pitcher Who Defended Gun Rights

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On June 15, the New York Mets announced they are “designating Dillon Gee for assignment,” whereby he can be “claimed by another team, traded, or out-righted to Triple-A Las Vegas within the next 10 days.”

Breitbart News reported on June 2 that the Mets joined with Michael Bloomberg and Piers Morgan for a “Wear Orange” day for gun control. Gee responded to our piece by saying he was duped into wearing the shirt and does not support gun control, Bloomberg, or Morgan.

According to the New York Post, Gee was originally part of six-man pitching rotation with the Mets. Once that rotation ended, he “expressed dissatisfaction … that he had been yanked from the rotation, saying any value he had remaining was gone.”

Gee was just starting to get playing time again after “spending nearly a month on the disabled list with a strained right groin.”

Team manager Terry Collins said Gee needs a lot of pitching right now as part of the recovery from his injury, and the Mets simply cannot give him the time he needs. Collins said, “So we think this is a decision that is going to help him and hopefully us.”

He added, “He’s got to pitch consistently so he can find his release, and find the command of his stuff that has made him so successful.”

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