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Latinos en Busqueda de Empleo en las Grandes Ligas


En los Estados Unidos el problema del desempleo es conocido por todos y el béisbol de las Grandes Ligas no es la excepción.

 

Como anda la económia bien se sabia que la danza de los millones iba a tener un paro en el alto salario de los peloteros.

 

Con la baja en las asistencias la temporada pasada, cancelaciones de patrocinios y todo aquello que produce los grandes billetes practicamente todos los dueños de equipos andan tomando medidas como en cualquier negocio.

 

Despues de la reunión anual de invierno en Indianapolis, sobre 260 peloteros son agentes libres en este momento y en buen argot poular todos en busqueda de empleo.

 

Con tal gran cantidad de peloteros los gerentes generales están buscando la mejor ganga para complementar las piezas que necesitan para la venidera temporada 2010.

 

Y eso que en esta columna no estamos entrando en el asunto de aquellos equipos que están realizando cambios no solo para mejorar sino para despachar altos salarios que por la razón que sea desean salir de algun pelotero por razón de nomina.

 

Puede que sea cierto que no hayan grandes nombres como se ha escrito en esta clase del 2010 de agentes libres pero la cantidad de talento es enorme.

 

Entre la gran cantidad de tantos la lista de latinoamericanos es larga.

 

Muchos peloteros tan bien conocen la situación en que están al presente que muchos que eran estrellas están jugando en las ligas invernales de sus paises en el Caribe.

 

Cada gerente general conoce bien las necesidades que tienen pero si fuera uno de un nuevo conjunto creanme que tendria un equipo estrella.

 

Si fantaseamos un poco y creamos una nueva franquicia podriamos hacer un roster de 25 completo de agentes libres de la clase presente.

 

Esta novena que podria competir de tu a tu en las mayores en el 2010 podria ser compuesta exclusivamente por latinos.

 

Nuestra nueva franquicia en las Grandes Ligas latinoamericana seria compuesto por:

 

C-Bengie Molina, José Molina, Miguel Olivo

1B-Carlos Delgado

2B- Ronnie Belliard, Felipe López

3B-Adrian Beltré

SS-Orlando Cabrera, Miguel Tejada

OF-Alfredo Amezaga, Endy Chavez, Wily Mo Peña, Fernando Tatis

OF/DH-Vladimir Guerrero

P (Abridores)-Miguel Batista, Liván Hernández, Pedro Martínez, Vicente Padilla, Joel Piñeiro

P (intermedios)-Kiko Calero, Octavio Dotel, Guillermo Mota, Saúl Rivera

P(cerradores)-Fernando Rodney, Jose Valverde

 

Pronto como en Febrero próximo sabremos el verdadero futuro de todas estas figuras Latinas. Veremos.

Alex Rodriguez y Albert Pujols: Reyes de las Impulsadas

alex rodriguez.jpgDurante esta pasada temporada escribí una columna sobre lo difícil que se ha convertido en los últimos años conectar 40 cuadrangulares o más en el béisbol de la gran carpa.

No deseo entrar en especulaciones de esteroides y sustancias controladas pero definitivamente conectar 40 bambinazos en una campaña ha vuelto ser una novedad como el ganar 20 partidos para un lanzador.

A la larga estuve en lo correcto. Al final de la temporada regular solamente cinco toleteros conectaron 40 ó más vuelacercas. Todos en la Liga Nacional.

Entre ellos dos fueron latinoamericanos. Albert Pujols, líder del circuito con 47 sobre la verja, y Adrián González de los Padres de San Diego.

En la Liga Americana los monarcas en jonrones esta campaña lo fueron Carlos Peña y Mark Teixeira con 39 jonrones.

Peña de los Rays de Tampa Bay entendemos pudo haber logrado una campaña de 40 o más si no hubiese sido por un pelotazo recibido en las postrimerías de campaña.

El inicialista dominicano se lastimó a principios de septiembre por un envio de CC Sabathia de los Yankees de Nueva York. El lanzamiento que le golpeó le fracturó dos dedos de su mano izquierda y tuvo que perder el resto de la temporada en la lista de lesionados.

A ese momento Peña llevaba sus 39 cuadrangulares e iba también con buen paso en la carrera por el liderato de la liga en empujadas con 100 carreras impulsadas.

Otra marca que se ha puesto difícil es obtener 100 remolcadas ó más en una temporada.

Parece fácil cuando uno ve que Alex Rodríguez lleva 12 campañas consecutivas con 100 impulsadas ó más. En sus 16 temporadas en su carrera lo ha logrado en 13 ocasiones y en dos ha sido el rey en empujadas del circuito americano.

También parece fácil ver que Albert Pujols ha logrado tal hazaña en sus nueve temporadas en su carrera en el gran circo. Increíblemente con todo y su 1,112 empujadas en su carrera este departamento todavía no ha podido ser líder en su liga.

Esta pasada campaña solo 10 latinoamericanos lograron la marca de la centuria o más en remolcadas. Por supuesto dos de ellos fueron el ahora campeón mundial Yankee Alex Rodríguez y Pujols que seguramente será una vez más el Jugador Más Valioso de la Liga Nacional.

Los otros lo fueron en el circuito nacional  el dúo de Hanley Ramírez y Jorge Cantu de los Marlins de Florida y Carlos Lee de los Astros de Houston.

En la Liga Americana para completar el grupo lo fueron Carlos Peña; el par de Kendry Morales y Bobby Abreu de los Angelinos de Los Angeles; Víctor Martínez de los Medias Rojas de Boston y Miguel Cabrera de los Tigres de Detroit.

 

EXTRA DEL AUTOR:

Los latinoamericanos con 100 carreras impulsadas o más al menos en una temporada en esta década (2000-2009):

Antillas Holandesas: Andruw Jones

Colombia: Edgar Renteria

Cuba: Kendry Morales, Rafael Palmeiro

México: Jorge Cantu, Vinny Castilla, Adrián González

Panamá: Carlos Lee

Puerto Rico: Roberto Alomar, Carlos Beltrán, Carlos Delgado, Juan González, Javier López, Mike Lowell, Edgar Martínez, Jorge Posada, Bernie Williams

República Dominicana: Moisés Alou, Tony Batista, Adrián Beltré, Vladimir Guerrero, José Guillén, David Ortiz, Carlos Peña, Albert Pujols, Aramis Ramírez, Hanley Ramírez, Manny Ramírez, Alex Rodríguez, Alfonso Soriano, Sammy Sosa, Miguel Tejada

Venezuela: Bobby Abreu, Miguel Cabrera, Andrés Galárraga, Richard Hidalgo, Carlos Guillén, Víctor Martínez, Magglio Ordóñez, Melvin Mora

Who Will Consider Carlos Delgado for 2010?


Since the start of the season rumors flew that 2009 would most definitely was Carlos Delgado’ last season in the Big Apple.

 

Even though was considered one of the key players for a pennant run this season, management knew behind the scenes most likely the 37-year-old Delgado, whose contract expires after this season, was not going to be ask to return.

 

For Mets management luckily they have the excuse to tell him goodbye after Sept. 28.

 

Delgado could never comeback from hip surgery and derailed by a right oblique strain. Not withstanding if he makes a comeback in the final weeks and shows his healthy no matter what it is very unlikely he will be ask to be a Met in 2010.

 

Well, no matter if he would not have suffered his setback Delgado would have been a victim anyway.

 

Fred Wilpon, the Mets principal owner, was one of the hardest hit financially by the losses caused by the Ponzi scheme run by his former friend Bernard Madoff.

 

According to various media reports, it have been divulged that Wilpon business, Sterling Equities, lost an estimate $700 million in Madoff’ $65 billion fraud revealed last December.

 

Moreover, it is not clear yet if Wilpon will lose more money in rights if the federal government re-asserts that Citigroup have to withdraw the name from Mets’ Citi Field as part of the federal banking bailout settlement.

 

However Delgado’ fate was not only because Wilpon’s financial distress.

 

Mets management has been closely watching if younger and less expensive Daniel Murphy could replace him in first base.

 

Another choice that has been mentioned is to trade make a trade for San Diego Padres’ Adrian Gonzalez. Due his high-priced tag words is also the Mets will make trades for Luis Castillo and Jose Reyes.

 

As for Delgado, he has said he wants to play in 2010.

 

If he can show he can comeback from injury odds are very likely he will land a deal as a designated hitter in the American League. Nobody be surprise the Toronto Blue Jays bring him back for a year with incentives.

 

Let keep in mind Delgado is a player with strong leadership skills and power hitting. Let be clear if it had not been for his hip injury he was coming from a 2008 season in which he hit 38 homers and 115 RBI.

 

Delgado is hungry career ego. The Puerto Rican All-Star, who wears number 21 in honor of Roberto Clemente, well knows that his shy of 27 dingers to reach the home-run club. That means possible Cooperstown bound.

 

Who will consider Delgado, time will let us know.

Pudge Rodriguez Deserves One More Year


Ivan Rodriguez.jpgTen years ago it was a dream season for Iván Rodríguez.

 

1999 will never be erased from his memory.

 

His team, the Texas Rangers, won the American League West Division pennant, while individually, he won the American League Most Valuable Player Award.

 

Sadly, the Rangers were swept by the New York Yankees in the league Division Series for a second straight year and eliminated for the third time in four seasons.

 

Texas lost nine consecutive postseason games, all versus New York in Division Series play. In fact, the only time they beat the Bronx Bombers was in Game One of the 1996 Division Series at Yankee Stadium.

 

Since then, the Rangers have never made another postseason run. If they can catch up to the Boston Red Sox in the next three weeks for the American League wild card, it could be not only their comeback year, but also a chance to finally play in the Fall Classic.

 

If that happens, Manager Ron Washington has publicly stated that “Pudge” Rodriguez has been one of the key players in the team’s resurgence.

 

Rodriguez arrived in his Rangers cradle back in mid-August via trade from the Houston Astros. Let’s not forget Rodriguez started his Hall of Fame-bound career in a Rangers uniform, from 1991 to 2002.

 

At the beginning, many thought that his return was simply one in which a player returns to his old team for a farewell tour.

 

Not Rodríguez.

 

His desire and big ego won him back the everyday catcher position. His batting so far has been hot, with sparks very similar to the ones that gave inspiration to the World Champion Florida Marlins back in 2003.

 

On Sept. 28, we will know the fate of the Rangers–and the same for Ivan Rodriguez.


No matter what, do not expect any retirement announcement. “The way I feel and the shape that I am in, I know I’m going to play for years and years,” Rodriguez said.

 

Even though his long resume includes 14 All-Star selections, 13 Gold Gloves, seven Silver Slugger and MVP awards, he is not planning to give up yet.

 

By the way, don’t forget that he is the catcher with the most games played in Major League Baseball history.

 

However, he is still pursuing one more record: 3,000 hits.

 

Since he was a kid, as most Puerto Rican players, one of his heroes was Roberto Clemente. Among friends, Rodríguez has mentioned to truly honor Clemente, he would like to share the limelight with him in Cooperstown.

 

While it is well known that the present finances of the Texas Rangers are very delicate, Rodríguez has said he wants to to the team–that remains to be seen.

 

No matter what happens, there should be no doubt that Rodríguez deserves to be signed by a team for his 20th career season. His strong leadership and still-average hitting deserves the chance.


The 37-year-old catcher is not ready to quit just yet.

Albert Pujols y Felix Hernandez: En Pos de Galardones

haab.jpgTres semanas de competencia restan de esta temporada y la competencia en general esta que arde en fuego.

En la Liga Nacional en este momento solo los campeones mundiales defensores Phillies de Philadelphia y los Cardenales de San Luis parecen tener asegurados sus respectivos banderines.A este momento no debe haber dudas que ambos deben estar viendo acción en las series post-temporada.

En la Division Oeste en un punto parecia que los Dodgers de Los Angeles tenian asegurado tambien su gallardete del Oeste pero nada de eso.

Los Rockies de Colorado y los Gigantes de San Francisco en su batalla campal por obtener el comodín de su liga de momento se han puesto en posición ambos tambien de contendores a su banderín.En honor a la verdad tal como pasó el año pasado cualquier sorpresa
puede suceder de aquí a finales de temporada.

Para el comodín a este momento el único conjunto fuera del Oeste que todavia esta en la pelea son los Marlins de Florida.

En la Liga Americana la mayor sorpresa siguen siendo los Rangers de Texas quienes andan dando lucha en la División Oeste. Al momento estan atras de los Angelinos de Los Angeles en su gallardete  pero si no los alcanzan ojo a la tropa tejana que puede ser un fiel contendor para el comodin.

En el caso de los Rangers, si no alcanzan a los Angelinos, a este momento su más aguerrido contendor para el comodín son los Medias Rojas de Boston.

En la División Central los Tigres de Detroit siguen al mando pero ojo con los Mellizos de Minnesota quienes no han dado señales que desean verse como un conjunto eliminado.

Los bostonianos están muy atras a este momento de alcanzar a los Yankees de Nueva York. Los Bombarderos andan jugando un gran béisbol e indudablemente lucen ya como asegurados a las series post-temporada.

En cuanto a nuestros latinos, este es nuestro ranking a solo tres semanas de campaña.

LATINOS CALIENTES
A ley de tres semanas de finalizar la temporada, los mejores latinos ofensivos al día en todas las Mayores lo son:
1. Albert Pujols, San Luis
2. Hanley Ramirez, Florida
3. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit
4. Kendry Morales, Angelinos de Los Angeles
5. Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco
6. Carlos Peña, Tampa Bay
7. Robinson Cano, Yankees de Nueva York
8. Adrian Gonzalez, San Diego
9. Bobby Abreu, Angelinos de Los Angeles
10.Victor Martinez, Boston

A ley de tres semanas de finalizar la temporada, los mejores lanzadores latinos al día en todas las Mayores lo son:
1. Felix Hernandez, Seattle
2. Wandy Rodriguez, Houston
3. Mariano Rivera, Yankees de Nueva York
4. Javier Vazquez, Atlanta
5. Francisco Cordero, Cincinnati
6. Joel Piñeiro, San Luis
7. Jorge de la Rosa, Colorado
8. Ubaldo Jimenez, Colorado
9. Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee
10.Alfredo Aceves, Yankees de Nueva York

Grandes Ligas: Mejores Latinos Por Franquicia 2009


pujols.jpgA lo largo de esta temporada hemos escrito y comentado a granel sobre Albert Pujols.

No hay duda que el Todo-Estrella dominicano a obtenido una campaña de ensueño y una vez más no hay que poner a prueba que debe ser el hombre a ser escogido este año como Jugador Más Valioso de la Liga Nacional.

A estas fechas Pujols se encuentra entre lideres en alrededor de nueve categorias ofensivas y con buena oportunidad de obtener su primera corona de jonrones en su carrera.

Sí no fuese por la tan excelente campaña del inicialista de los Cardenales de San Luis a mi entender hubieran dado una buena carrera por ese galardón Adrian González de los Padres de San Diego, Hanley Ramírez de los Marlins de Florida y Pablo Sandoval de los Gigantes de San Francisco.

Por otro lado, en la Liga Americana sín hacer mucho ruido un candidato fuerte a su Más Valioso lo es Miguel Cabrera de los Tigres de Detroit.

El inicialista venezolano ha cargado practicamente la campaña entera con la ofensiva de un conjunto muchos criticos no los dieron para cualificar este año a las series post-temporada. Sí bien buscan las predicciones hechas atras en la primavera muchos entendian que esta temporada los Indios de Cleveland o los Medias Blancas de Chicago iban a dominar la División Central.

Al presente Cabrera esta entre lideres en cinco categorias ofensivas en el más joven de ambos circuitos.

Ademas de los antes mencionados, otros latinoamericanos se han destacado para bien esta campaña.

Vale la pena en estos momentos antes de que termine la temporada reconocer a todos los latinos que se destacaron con sus respectivas franquicias y aplaudir aquellos que hicieron bien su trabajo y ellos son:

LIGA AMERICANA
Orioles de Baltimore: OF-Felix Pie
Medias Rojas de Boston: C-Victor Martínez; 3B-Mike Lowell
Medias Blancas de Chicago: 2B-Alexei Ramírez
Indios de Cleveland: 2B-Asdrubal Cabrera
Tigres de Detroit: 1B-Miguel Cabrera
Reales de Kansas City: 2B-Alberto Callapso
Angelinos de Los Angeles: 1B-Kendry Morales; IF-Erick Aybar; OF-Bobby Abreu;OF-Juan Rivera
Yankees de Nueva York: 2B-Robinson Cano; C-Jorge Posada; P-Mariano Rivera
Marineros de Seattle: OF-Franklin Gutierrez; P-Felix Hernández
Rays de Tampa Bay: 1B-Carlos Peña
Rangers de Texas: OF-Nelson Cruz
Azulejos de Toronto: SS-Marco Scutaro

LIGA NACIONAL
Bravos de Atlanta: SS-Yunel Escobar; P-Javier Vázquez
Cachorros de Chicago: 3B-Aramis Ramírez
Rojos de Cincinnati: P-Francisco Cordero
Rockies de Colorado: P- Jorge de la Rosa; P-Ubaldo Jimenez
Marlins de Florida: SS-Hanley Ramírez: 3B-Jorge Cantu
Astros de Houston: OF-Carlos Lee; P-Wandy Rodríguez; SS-Miguel Tejada
Dodgers de Los Angeles; OF-Manny Ramírez
Cerveceros de Milwaukee: 2B-Felipe López; P-Yovani Gallardo
Mets de Nueva York: 2B-Luis Castillo; OF-Carlos Beltrán; OF-Angel Pagán; P-Johan Santana
Phillies de Philadelphia: 3B-Pedro Feliz
Cardenales de San Luis: 1B-Albert Pujols; C-Yadier Molina; P-Joel Piñeiro
Padres de San Diego: 1B-Adrian Gonzalez
Gigantes de San Francisco: 3B-Pablo Sandoval; C-Bengie Molina
Nacionales de Washington: SS-Cristian Guzmán

MLB’ Key Latino Players Down The Stretch

al.jpgThis is the time of the year that many players are thinking October. It is the time to step up en route to the World Series.

Every franchise in the post-season race is looking closely at their so-called “super nine”, but there is always one or two players that can make the difference.

These are the Latino players that their franchises need, and count on as key factors.

These are the Latinos that can be their key master to this year 2009 Fall Classic.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
New York Yankees: 3B-Alex Rodriguez; P-Mariano Rivera
Boston Red Sox: 3B-Mike Lowell
Tampa Bay Rays: 1B-Carlos Peña
Detroit Tigers: IB-Miguel Cabrera; OF-Magglio Ordoñez
Minnesota Twins: SS-Orlando Cabrera
Chicago White Sox: Ozzie Guillen (Yes! The Manager)
Los Angeles Angels: OF-Vladimir Guerrero
Texas Rangers: P-Neftali Perez; C-Ivan Rodriguez

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Philadelphia Phillies: 3B-Pedro Feliz; C-Carlos Ruiz
Florida Marlins: SS-Hanley Ramirez; 3B-Jorge Cantu
Atlanta Braves: SS-Yunel Escobar; P-Javier Vazquez
St.Louis Cardinals: 1B-Albert Pujols; C-Yadier Molina
Los Angeles Dodgers: OF-Manny Ramirez; SS-Rafael Furcal
Colorado Rockies : P-Ubaldo Jimenez; P-Jorge de la Rosa
San Francisco Giants: C-Bengie Molina; 3B-Pablo Sandoval

MLB’ Best Latino Players Last 20 Seasons

Ivan Rodriguez.jpgESPN is celebrating 20 years of covering Major League Baseball and the network asked fans to vote for their all-time team of the last 20 seasons.

At this moment, fans are being asked to pick the winners for each position.

Not surprisingly, winning names in this national poll have been Edgar Martinez as the top DH, Albert Pujols top first baseman, Ivan Rodriguez as top catcher, and Mariano Rivera as the top closer in the last 20 years.

All players from Latin America.

For the last 23 years I have been covering the Major League Baseball beat of the Puerto Rican and Latin American players, and over that time I have seen a bunch of great players.

I’ve also seen how appealing they are to their fans. I have seen how hall-of-famers Roberto Clemente, Orlando Cepeda, Tany Perez, Luis Aparicio, Rod Carew, and Juan Marichal are perceived as never-gone heroes in the respective towns they played in in their hey-days.

Nowadays players like Albert Pujols, Hanley Ramirez, Manny Ramirez, Johan Santana and many others are closely watched and being regarded as the No. 1 players of their respective franchises.

Quite different to ESPN’ SportsNation Poll, I will share whom I believe are the best Latino players the last 20 years. Most possibly readers will have have a different opinion, but this is my own Latino All-Star team.

Catchers-Santos Alomar Jr., Javier López, Jorge Posada, Iván Rodríguez, Benito Santiago

First Base-Miguel Cabrera, Carlos Delgado, Andrés Galarraga, Rafael Palmeiro, Albert Pujols

Second Base-Roberto Alomar, Carlos Baerga, Julio Franco

Third Base-Vinny Castilla, Mike Lowell, Alex Rodríguez

Shortstop-Hanley Ramirez, José Reyes, Miguel Tejada, Omar Vizquel

Outfielders-Bobby Abreu, Carlos Beltran, José Canseco, Juan González, Vladimir Guerrero, Magglio Ordoñez, Sammy Sosa, Bernie Williams

Pitchers-Pedro Martinez, Johan Santana

Closers-Mariano Rivera, Francisco Rodriguez

Designated Hitter-Edgar Martinez, David Ortiz

Roberto Alomar and Edgar Martinez: First Ballot Hall of Famers ?


Once upon a time Puerto Ricans used to chat about just two boricuas Roberto Clemente and Orlando Cepeda being in baseball Hall of Fame. If dream comes true like a fairy tale story this same time around next year we can be praising two more.

That fantasy could be reality next December when members of the Baseball Writers Association of America will receive ballots that list candidates eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame in 2010.

With historical and stats records furnished to them and with their own perception of greatness to back up their judgement, there should be great hope in Puerto Rico the writers wii consider our own Roberto Alomar and Edgar Martinez.

In my opinion, their career records should assure them of gaining acceptance and earning plaques in Cooperstown and why not in their first year of eligibility.

Roberto Alomar was one of the biggest stars and arguably the best second baseman in the history of the game. He was a 12-time All-Star, 11 consecutive seasons from 1991-2001, in 17 major league seasons.   In the same career time he won 10 Gold Gloves, the most by a second baseman ever. In his prime he was doing everything right at second base a la Ozzie Smith did at shortstop or Brooks Robinson at third base.

Going strictly by his offense, his numbers are hall of fame too. He finished his career with a .300 batting average and among hall-of-fame comparisons he had more career hits and RBI than two other Hall-of-Fame second basemen Joe Morgan and Ryne Sandberg. Not enough ? In Alomar’s case, the most basic statistics should serve. Among all second basemen, Alomar ranks sixth in hits, seventh in runs scored,  10th in RBIs and fourth in steals. When he called it quits he was just 276 hits shy of 3,000 hits.

Among his hardware let’s not forget he was an American League Championship Series MVP (1992); All Star Game MVP (1998), two-time World Series member (1992,1993) and a four-time Silver Slugger Award. A three-time Toronto’ Player of the Year, franchise that inducted him into their Blue Jays Level of Excellence group last year and a two-time Cleveland Indians’ Player of the Year.

On the other hand, Edgar Martinez accolades are very,very long. To start, when as soon Martinez retired Major League Baseball recognized him as the greatest designated hitter of all time and renamed its yearly Designated Hitter Award as the Edgar Martinez Award. And its qualifications are his own numbers.

The 18-season veteran is only one of six in all history to have finished its career to have a batting average of .300 or more, on-base percentage of .400 or more, a slugging percentage of .500 or more, 2000 hits, 300 home runs, 500 doubles, and 1000 walks.

He is the Mariners’ all-time leader in hits (2,247), doubles (514), walks (1,283), and games played (2,055). He is also among the top 10 in other categories including at-bats (7,213), runs (1,219), home runs (309), RBI (1,261), total bases (3,718) and extra base hits (838).

He was among many recognitions a 7-time All Star, 5-time Silver Slugger, 2-time American League batting champion (1992, 1995) and won the Roberto Clemente Award (2004). He was also a two-time Mariners Player of the Year.

By the way, let’s not forget Edgar is “Señor Mariner”” not only in Seattle but in the whole Pacific Northwest. He was so cherished the Mariners waived the waiting period so they could induct him into the team hall of fame after his 2004 retirement and on the south side of Safeco Field named a street after him. Moreover, the Mariners have not issued Martínez’ #11 jersey since he retired.

Hope December arrives soon.

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