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BROOKLYN, NY - James Roche's first love wasn't baseball. The Arlington, Massachusetts native admits that he was more into football growing up and had dreams of playing in the NFL someday. Since he figured he lacked the physical tools to become a serious NFL prospect, Roche turned his attention to baseball.

The 24-year-old Roche signed with the Mets this summer as an undrafted free agent out of Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire. Two of his Cyclones teammates, first baseman Zack Mathieu and right-handed pitcher Kevin McGowan, were also his teammates at Franklin Pierce. Roche credits his time there for his development as a player. "A lot of people aren't too familiar with the smaller...

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