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Bees Give Chris Hayes One Final Shot, And He Is Grateful

Bees Give Chris Hayes One Final Shot, And He Is Grateful

As he walked to the mound at New Britain Stadium in the fourth inning of the Bees' game with the Bridgeport Bluefish on May 18, Chris Hayes could barely control his emotions.

"It was all I could do to prevent myself from crying," Hayes said.

And how could you blame him? For the past 12 years, the righthander had dreamed of uncorking his unconventional submarine pitch on a major league field. Now, at 34, he would be throwing his final pitches in professional baseball.

He began in 2005 in independent baseball, and that's where his career ended in 2017. He got as high as Triple A, so close to the big leagues but never quite there. He would have Tommy John...

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