Champaign, IL Homeboy Affected by Hawkins Deal

The LaTroy Hawkins deal may help the Cubs. It may even help the Giants. But the one person who may not like this deal is Champaign, Illinois native and reliever Matt Herges.

Herges was designated for assignment by the Giants to make room for Hawkins. Herges was 1-1 with a 4.71 in 21 appearances.

Herges, who had a 2.62 ERA in 2003, has not pitched effectively since then with a 5.24 ERA in 2004.

Apparently, Herges has been a good influence in the clubhouse. At least according to sophomore starter Noah Lowry:

“Hergie’s been an outstanding teammate and good friend. It’s disappointing to see him go. It’s an unfortunate situation he ended up being the odd man out. It’s upsetting, but at the same time, it’s a business.”

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