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Blue Jays release reliever Koch

Postby WebHamster » Thu Mar 17, 2005 2:00 pm

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - The Toronto Blue Jays released relief pitcher Billy Koch on Thursday, ending the righthander's second tenure with the club.

Koch split last season with the Chicago White Sox and Florida Marlins. The 30- year-old righthander went 2-3 with a 4.41 ERA in 47 games with Toronto in 2004.

"What am I going to do, cry about it? I understand the game. It's a business," Koch said in a release.

Koch, who spent his first three seasons in the majors with the Blue Jays, was Toronto's first-round selection (fourth overall) in the 1996 amateur draft.

His best season came in 2002 when he recorded an 11-4 mark with 44 saves in 84 games with the Oakland Athletics. Koch is 29-25 in 379 career games with 163 saves and a 3.89 earned run average.

"The first time when they traded me away, that was tough, because all I had known was Toronto. I was young," Koch said.
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