Mets make Marlins tap out, retain EOB Heavyweight Championship

Dillon Gee grabs a hug with his title belt.
Dillon Gee grabs a hug with his title belt. (USATSI/

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The Mets almost lost the EOB Heavyweight Championship to the Marlins this weekend. They needed a late comeback Friday night before a loss Saturday made Sunday a must-win. They came through with an excellent pitching effort and retained.

Wait, what?

The Eye On Baseball Heavyweight Championship, inspired by the valorous glories of professional wrestling, is back for a second season.

The defending World Series champ starts the regular season with the belt. From there, here are our rules.

1. A team must win a series from the champion to take the belt. One game isn't going to cut it, considering it's a 162-game season and teams all view the season in terms of series.

2. If the belt-holder splits a series (two- or four-game series), it retains. Much like on a draw in boxing or a count-out situation in pro wrestling, you don't get the belt unless you actually beat the champion. A tie isn't good enough.

3. If, at the end of the regular season, the belt-holder does not make the playoffs -- and due to the dynamics of this thing, that scenario is entirely plausible -- said team will be stripped of the title for not qualifying for the postseason. Then the winner of the playoffs -- the World Series -- takes the belt and the title into the offseason.

Yes, we know some of you think "this is stupid!!!" but others love it. And those who do love it will be pleased to know that Dillon Gee threw on a legendary submission maneuver to take down the Marlins Sunday:

Gee got them with the sharpshooter!

And now for our hallowed Roll Call of Champions ... 

Eye On Baseball Heavyweight Champion2014 title reign
March 31 - April 4
April 5 - April 14
April 15 - April 23
April 24 - Present

The Mets will now defend the unbelievably prestigious title against the Phillies this week. It's only a two-game series, so the Phillies will need a sweep in order to take the title. All the Mets have to do to retain is win once.

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last six World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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